Illipah Reservoir Recreation Area

Bureau of Land Management, Nevada.

Illipah Reservoir was first created in 1953 when Illipah Creek was impounded for irrigation purposes. At capacity, Illipah covers 70 surface acres to a maximum depth of 50 feet. Rainbow trout, are stocked twice annually by Nevada Department of Wildlife, and a self-sustaining population of brown trout currently inhabit the reservoir. Good fishing can be found year around, but peaks in the spring and fall. Mid-winter ice fishing (December through February) can also be good. Boats are allowed (electric motors only) but are not essential as many fish are captured from shore.

Exploring the nearby ghost town of Hamilton and the extensive road network are popular summer activities in the area. For more information about Hamilton and scenic driving in this area please contact the Humboldt/Toiyabe National Forest, Ely Ranger District.

Things to note: 15 campsites suitable for large trailers and RVs. Grills, picnic tables, and shade structures are available at most of the sites. Restrooms are available, but no potable water. Trash cans are provided.

Restrictions: Hunting/shooting is not allowed within developed recreation sites. Elevation 6,840 ft.

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Illipah Reservoir is 37 miles west of Ely on Highway 50, turn south at the sign for Illipah Reservoir and continue .1 mile to a road junction, turn left and continue 1.3 miles to the campground.

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