Chimney Dam Reservoir
Map of Chimney Dam Reservoir
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Chimney Reservoir was created in 1974 in a
narrow gorge just downstream from the confluence of the north and south forks
of the Little Humboldt River. The water
rights are owned by Garvey Ranches and Humboldt County Fair and Recreation
Board, with the water used for recreation and irrigation.
Chimney Reservoir sits at an elevation of 4,650
feet and covers 2,150 surface acres.
When full, it averages 16 feet deep with a maximum depth of 55
feet. Fish include white crappie,
walleye, largemouth bass, channel catfish, bluegill, wipers (white bass x
striped bass hybrid), and tiger muskie (muskellunge x norther pike hybrid). The best times of year to fish are March and
April for crappie, walleye, and channel catfish. Use standard crankbaits or small jigs fished
along the shoreline or over deep-water structures found offshore. Approved live minnows work best for
crappie. Channel catfish are caught on nightcrawlers,
liver, shrimp, and minnows fished on the bottom. Tiger muskie were first stocked in 2015 to
help control the fast growing carp population and they are known to grow
quickly, reaching over 10 pounds within 2 to 3 years. Camping occurs at developed sites with
restrooms nearby on the eastern shoreline and boat launching at a concrete ramp. No fees are required for use of the
Vessels are prohibited in areas designated by signs or buoys at Chimney Reservoir Dam in Humboldt County.
Due to elevated methylmercury levels, the Nevada State Health Division has issued a health advisory that recommends no consumption of walleye from Chimney Dam Reservoir.
Travel 21 miles north on U.S. 95 to the junction of SR 290, turning right and travel 22 miles to Paradise Valley. From Paradise Valley, drive 20 miles along the Chimney Reservoir county road to the park and camping area.