Map of Dorsey Reservoir
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constructed in 1952, the reservoir was reconstructed in 1999. Dorsey Reservoir is privately owned for irrigation
and stock water storage. Public access
reservoir covers 20 surface acres, stores 180 acre-feet of water, is 24 feet
deep at maximum capacity, and can experience large seasonal drawdowns. As a put-grow-and-take rainbow trout fishery,
the trout range from 8 to 10 inches when stocked and can grow to 16
inches. The best times to fish are in
the early morning or late evening during May and June. When the reservoir fills during good water
years, fall fishing can also be good. Small
lures, flies, nightcrawlers, and Power Bait usually produce fish and make this
a good place to take young or beginning anglers. Primitive camping is allowed, but there are no facilities. Boat launching is from the shore.
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.