Illipah Reservoir Recreation Area

Take the loneliest highway, highway 50, to this remote reservoir. Lots of opportunities to fish, camp, and explore eastern Nevada.

Illipah Reservoir sits just under 7,000 feet off Highway 50 between Ely and Eureka. At capacity, Illipah Reservoir covers 70 surface acres and has a maximum depth of 50 feet. Rainbow trout and a self-sustaining population of brown trout reside in the reservoir. Good fishing can be found year around from shore and float tubes, but peak success occurs in spring and fall. Winter ice fishing (December through February) is also popular. The BLM maintains the campgrounds with picnic tables, fire pits, windscreens, restrooms, and trash barrels. An undeveloped boat launch exists. Fifteen camping sites are available on a first come, first serve basis.

Illipah Reservoir Recreation Area
White Pine
Type of destination
Bureau of Land Management
Adventure Rating


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  • Campsites
  • Pets Ok
  • Picnic Sites
  • Restrooms

Special Notes and Resources

Boating permitted (electric motors only). No potable water. Hours of operation: always open. No campsite reservations – first come, first serve.