Lovelock Correctional Center

Lovelock, Nevada
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Located in Pershing County, Lovelock Correctional Center, the department's seventh major institution, was constructed and opened in two phases. The first phase opened in August 1995 with two 168-cell housing units. Each 80 square foot cell has the capacity to house two inmates. Construction on phase two began shortly after, and two additional 168-cell units and two 84-cell units were added to the institution, bringing the budgeted capacity to 1,680 offenders.


In addition to the 213 Protective Service staff, Lovelock Correctional Center employs a number of professional and skilled staff:

  • 14 skilled maintenance personnel
  • 5 warehouse employees
  • 5 correctional cooks
  • 1 laundry/dry cleaning specialist
  • 1 recreation specialist
  • 13 classification specialists
  • 9 administrative/clerical

Lovelock, Nevada

You’re gonna love your visit to Lovelock. A bold claim, sure, but one this small-but-mighty town can deliver. Enjoy a slice of the simpler life in this history-packed community where you can literally lock your love for all eternity, or consider it your launch pad into some truly wild western adventures.


Welcome to Lovelock, Nevada, a town steeped in history and brimming with outdoor opportunities. And when we say “outdoor opportunities,” we’re talkin’ everything from ghost towns and river-centric recreation areas to an exotic wildlife sanctuary and one storied cave. Of course, no trip would be complete without locking your love in the must-see plaza nestled in the heart of the community, too. Our advice? Do it all and come back for more, because your first trip to Lovelock almost certainly won’t be your last.


Ring, ring – that’s the great outdoors calling your name in Lovelock. Our favorite place to start is the Lovelock Cave & Backcountry Byway driving tour, a 40-mile-roundtrip drive that starts at the Marzen House Museum and takes you past historic sites like Big Five Dam, the Humboldt River, ancient Lake Lahontan, and more before arriving at Lovelock Cave. For even more Humboldt River fun, head to Rye Patch State Recreation Area – with 72 miles of shoreline, visitors enjoy camping, picnicking, swimming, hiking, and fishing (for walleye, catfish, and both white and black bass) at this Great Basin gem.


Latch onto even more adventure with some unbelievable day trips outside of Lovelock, NV. Ghost town enthusiasts can cross Seven Troughs off their lists by going about an hour northwest of town to see ruins of a stamp mill and a handful of miner cabins and old cars. Go an hour northwest of Lovelock, too, to visit Unionville, where a cabin once inhabited by Mark Twain (when he was trying his hand at prospecting) still stands.

On your way to or from Unionville, plan to pull over in Imlay for a few hours. You won’t be able to miss the towering Thunder Mountain Monument from the highway, and this folk art array of buildings and sculptures made from found items is the perfect spot for stretching your legs (and camera). Only 15 minutes away from here is Safe Haven Wildlife Sanctuary, a nationally accredited, non-profit sanctuary that’s home to tigers, lions, bears, servals, and a host of other creatures. Working with the USDA, state and local authorities, and animal welfare organizations, Safe Haven provides permanent housing and care for these orphaned, injured, or confiscated wild animals that aren’t able to be rehabilitated and released back into natural habitats.  

Before you bid adieu to Lovelock, go treasure hunting at Nanny Jo’s Antiques, Retro & Vintage, housed in the building of the town’s original mercantile company. Just make sure you have room in the trunk for everything from cowboy boots and unique home and kitchen furnishings to clothing and jewelry.

Event in Lovelock, Nevada

Join thousands of sweethearts, families, and friends in literally locking your love when you’re in Lovelock. Following the ancient Chinese custom, it’s believed that as long as your lock remains on the chain, your love will endure. Pick up a heart-shaped padlock at participating businesses in town (or bring your own), then head for Lovers Lock Plaza to add your adornment. You can throw the key into your favorite body of water – which could be the nearby Humboldt River – to seal your affection, or save it as a special memento.

And speaking of love, we can’t forget about Lovelock’s special events. The Lovers Aloft Balloon Festival is held every February, featuring dozens of hot air balloons filling the skies while attendees enjoy tethered rides, themed dinners, and more on the ground. Lovelock Frontier Days are a blast with the past, too. Be here in August for tractor pulls, horseshoe and arm wrestling competitions, parades, dog shows, concerts, and a whole lot more.

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