Dorsey Reservoir

Map of Dorsey Reservoir

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Originally constructed in 1952, the reservoir was reconstructed in 1999. Dorsey is a privately owned irrigation storage and stock water reservoir that experiences seasonal drawdowns. Public access is allowed.

Pertinent Information

The reservoir covers 20 surface acres and stores 180 acre-feet of water. It is 24 feet deep at maximum capacity. As a put-and-take rainbow trout fishery, the fish range from 8 to 16 inches. Angler catch rates average near 0.5 fish per hour and 1.6 fish per angler. The best times to fish are May and June in the early morning or late evening. In good water years, when sufficient water fills the reservoir, fall fishing is good. Small lures, flies, worms and/or Power Bait usually produce fish. This is a good place to take young or beginning anglers. Camping is allowed, although primitive with no facilities. Boat launching is from the shore.


Approximately 2,000, 8-inch rainbow trout will be stocked in April and May.


Open year round, any time of the day or night. The limit is 5 trout. No live bait is allowed.

Boating Regulations

No special boating regulations, but car-top boats, canoes and float tubes are easiest to use.


Travel north from Elko on Star Route 225 (Mountain City Highway) for 18 miles. Turn right at the reservoir sign onto a dirt road and continue for 3 miles to the reservoir. The dirt road may be muddy in wet weather and is normally closed due to snow in the winter.


  • Rainbow Trout

  • Regions

  • Eastern Nevada

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  • Elko County