Map of Whites Creek
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Brook trout were stocked into Whites and Thomas
creeks from the 1950s until 1971 and they continue to thrive on their own
today. Cutthroat trout were stocked
between 1951 and 1966, and rainbow trout have been stocked annually since 1951.
Both Whites and Thomas creeks originate from the
east side of the Carson Range at approximately 9,000 feet. At 6,000 feet, they depart from the Carson
Range, flow onto the upper slopes of the Truckee Meadows, and ultimately empty
into Steamboat Creek. On their way down
the mountain, each creek runs through a matrix of U.S. Forest Service land and
private property. By the time the creeks
reach US 395, they are fairly channelized and provide poor habitat for trout. Current sport fish include brook and rainbow
trout. Brook trout tend to be found in
the higher elevations, while rainbow do better in the lower reaches. The tout population in the upper section of
Whites Creek (above Timberline Drive) is fairly low, which is probably due to
the high gradient and scarcity of pools. Thomas Creek exhibits abundant populations of
both rainbow and brook trout. Dry fly
fishing and anglers bait fishing with worms, salmon eggs, or Power Bait are
popular angling methods. Primitive
camping is allowed on public land.
Whites and Thomas creeks run parallel to the Mount Rose Highway (SR 431) with Whites Creek being just north of the highway and Thomas Creek running north of Whites Creek. Turn right onto Timberline Road, then left on Whites Creek Road. Whites Creek Road is the last road prior to the bridge over Whites Creek. This is a very rough road and only goes for about ¼ mile before being blocked off. To get to Thomas Creek, continue on Timberline Drive for another ½ mile and follow the road as it turns west and parallels Thomas Creek.