Wall Canyon Reservoir

Map of Wall Canyon Reservoir

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Wall Canyon Reservoir was constructed in 1960 on private and BLM land and the entire reservoir is accessible to the public.  It is used to irrigate downstream lands.  The southern end of the Wall Canyon Wilderness Study Area begins just north of the reservoir.

Pertinent Information

The reservoir covers 133 surface acres and has a maximum depth of 55 feet.  Smallmouth bass, bowcutt trout (rainbow x cutthroat hybrid), rainbow trout, and brown trout are the sport fish present.  Anglers generally catch trout averaging 14 inches and smallmouth bass averaging about 10 inches.  Spring, early summer (through June), and fall are the best times to fish.  The reservoir is turbid (muddy) and, therefore, lures or flies should be dark colored and/or have rattles.  Roads may be muddy in spring or after a rain, making the reservoir difficult to reach.  Primitive camping is allowed.


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Nevada Fishing Regulations

Boating Regulations

A vessel must be operated at a speed that leaves a flat wake, but in no case may be operated at a speed in excess of 5 nautical miles per hour.


From Reno, travel 30 miles east on Interstate 80. Turn north onto Highway 447 at Wadsworth. Travel 135 miles through Gerlach turning right onto a dirt road marked by a windmill just north of Duck Flat. Continue 8 miles along this dirt road to Wall Canyon Reservoir.


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