Map of Hobart Reservoir
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Reservoir is located at an elevation of 7,650 feet in the Carson Range of the
Toiyabe National Forest. The reservoir
is owned by the State of Nevada and is used as one of several water sources for
Carson City. The initial dam was
completed in 1877, which was rebuilt in 1956 following a washout.
reservoir covers approximately 10 surface acres and has a maximum depth of 15
feet. Rainbow trout, brook trout,
cutthroat trout, and bowcutt trout (rainbow x cutthroat trout hybrid) have been
introduced into the lake. Brook trout
are the only self-sustaining species. Most
trout range from 8 to 10 inches, with some up to 14 to 16 inches. Angler success is highest in August and
September. Fly-fishing from a float tube
is very popular, but many anglers also throw small spinners and spoons from
shore. Due to its high elevation, much
of the lake may still be covered with ice in early May. Hobart Reservoir is closed to vehicles, but anglers
can hike 1/2-mile from the Ash Canyon parking area to the south end of the
reservoir. Many anglers still choose to carry
in a float tube for fishing in open water.
Nevada Division of State Parks has camping facilities at the reservoir
with tables, fire pits, and bear proof boxes for storing food. There is a vault toilet but no potable water,
so filter or treat any water from the lake or Franktown Creek.
No special regulations apply.
Hobart Reservoir can be accessed from the north and the south sides. From the south side, drive from Carson City west on Winnie Lane, turn west onto Ash Canyon Rd. Follow Ash Canyon Road until the pavement ends and continue on to the improved gravel road and then on to the unimproved dirt road near the water tanks. From the tanks it is approximately 5 miles up the canyon to the locked gate. This is a very steep road, which can be bad depending on muddiness. It does require a four-wheel drive vehicle. From the parking area, it is about ¼-mile hike to the lake. Accessing the lake from the north involves a much longer hike. Drive to Lakeview, which is north of Carson City, and follow Hobart Road to the locked gate, from that point, follow the road to the right, it is about a 5 mile hike to the reservoir.