Dorsey Reservoir

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Originally constructed in 1952, the reservoir was reconstructed in 1999.  Dorsey Reservoir is privately owned for irrigation and stock water storage.  Public access is allowed.

Pertinent Information

The 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.


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Nevada Fishing Regulations

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.


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