Boulder Reservoir

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Located 190 miles north of Reno, Boulder Reservoir was constructed in 1950 as a private irrigation reservoir.  In 1957, an agreement between NDOW and the landowners allowed trout to be stocked and anglers to access the pond.  In 2010, the reservoir was acquired by BLM.  In 2014, a fishery and recreational improvement project was completed by deepening the reservoir, adding boulder piles to improve fish habitat, developing a campground, installing a fence around the reservoir and campground to exclude livestock, and planting trees and other vegetation..

Pertinent Information

At maximum pool, the reservoir covers approximately 8 acres and is a little over 12 feet deep.  Runoff and a perennial spring keep the reservoir cool and oxygenated for good trout fishing, even during the summer.  Aquatic vegetation provides habitat for insects that become food for trout.  Fish grow fast and are healthy.  Rainbow trout are the only fish in the reservoir and generally range between 12 and 14 inches.  Use flies and small spinners for best results, and fishing from a float tube or canoe is popular.  Roads may be muddy in spring or following wet weather, so check conditions before going.  Camping is available in a designated area with picnic tables and fire rings.  


Stocking Updates


Nevada Fishing Regulations

Boating Regulations

No special regulations apply.


From Reno, travel 30 miles east on Interstate 80. Turn north onto Highway 447 at Wadsworth. Drive through Gerlach and follow the road to the right when the highway splits (Secondary State Route 34). Drive approximately 80 miles where you will find a dirt road that turns to the left (there should be a sign indicating Boulder Reservoir); follow that road for about 8 miles to the reservoir. Note: Do not confuse Boulder Lake with Boulder Reservoir. Boulder Lake is a lakebed that will occasionally dry up. It is located just north of Boulder Reservoir and holds no fish. There are many dirt roads running through that country, you should carry a good topographic map with you to ensure you know where you are going.


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