Steptoe Valley Wildlife Management Area

Steptoe Valley Wildlife Management Area contains Comins Lake. This area is a spotlight in Eastern Nevada. It has become a premiere destination for fishing, birding, and water sports!

The Steptoe Valley Wildlife Management Area (SVWMA) is located immediately south of Ely, along U.S. Highway 93/50 in White Pine County. The property consists of 12,806 acres and includes Comins Lake. Roads through the area provide excellent viewing of wetland dependent wildlife and upland wildlife. SVWMA receives considerable use by outdoor enthusiasts participating in sightseeing, wildlife observation, photography, hiking and educational/scientific activities. Comins Lake has become a top fishery destination, not only in Nevada, but in the western United States as well. Current regulations allow water skiing between 11 a.m. and sunset. SVWMA is located within NDOW’s Unit 111 of Management Area 11 and Unit 222 of management area 22. Elk tags in the area of SVWMA are intensely sought after by hunters, indicating the value of the herd to the sporting public.

Steptoe Valley Wildlife Management Area
White Pine
Type of destination
Nevada Department of Wildlife - Wildlife Management Area
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  • Boat Ramp(s)
  • Pets Ok
  • Picnic Sites
  • Restrooms