Hobart Reservoir


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Hobart 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.

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The 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.


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Boating Regulations

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.



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