Pahranagat Lake

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Upper Pahranagat Lake is located on the Pahranagat National Wildlife Refuge administered by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and managed primarily for waterfowl.  Carp have been a serious problem in the lake over the years, which led to a removal project in 1996.  This project was only partially successful since carp were discovered in the North Marsh and Upper Lake a few years after.  Once again, the lake was drained in 2008-09 to eliminate carp.

Pertinent Information

Currently, carp and bullhead are the most common fish in Upper Pahranagat Lake, although a few largemouth bass do exist.  Anglers use crank baits and spinner baits for bass and nightcrawlers for bullheads.  The best time to fish is from April through June for bass and June through August for bullheads.  There are a few campsites along the east shore as well as outhouses, but no potable water.  A few of the sites have fire rings and grills.  Summer temperatures often reach 100°F, while winter temperatures can drop below freezing.  


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Nevada Fishing Regulations

Boating Regulations

Only boats without gas motors are allowed on the Upper Lake, middle ponds and lower lake. Electric motors are permitted. The North Marsh is closed to all boating, including float tubes. Upper Pahranagat is closed to all boating during waterfowl season.


From Las Vegas, travel north on I-15 for 21 miles to US 93, then north 60 miles to the refuge. Upper Pahranagat Lake is located at the north end of the refuge immediately west of US 93, 4 miles south of Alamo. An unpaved access road follows the eastern shoreline of the reservoir and connects to US 93 above and below the lake. Portions of this road may be closed during nesting season.


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