Angel Lake

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Angel Lake is a natural, high elevation, alpine lake that was modified to provide irrigation storage. It lies completely on public land managed by the U.S. Forest Service

Pertinent Information

The lake is situated at an elevation of 8,000 feet, covers 13 surface acres, and has a maximum depth of 35 feet. Angel Lake contains brook trout, rainbow trout, tiger trout and speckled dace. Creel surveys find that anglers catch between 1 and 2 fish per hour and averaged 5 trout per angler day. Since there is a short growing season, trout tend to grow very little, with sizes ranging between 8.5 and 11.5 inches. Typical forms of bait such as worms, salmon eggs and power bait are successful, along with small lures and flies. Due to its high elevation, Angel Lake is not accessible until June during most years, but it usually remains open until the first heavy snows in October or November. The entire perimeter of the lake is fishable; however, the east side near the dam has the easiest access. A developed Forest Service campground is adjacent to the lake, along with a campground located 2 to 3 miles down the mountain at Angel Creek.


4,850 rainbow trout are scheduled to be stocked from June to September.


Open year round, any time of the day or night. Limit is 5 trout.

Boating Regulations

Only boats without motors may be used.


Exit Interstate 80 at Wells and travel up the paved Angel Lake Highway, 13 miles to the parking lot.


  • Rainbow Trout
  • Brook Trout
  • Tiger Trout

  • Regions

  • Eastern Nevada

  • Counties

  • Elko County