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    Great Basin

    National Park Nevada

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  • Road Work at Great Basin National Park

    Beginning July 8, 2014 and continuing through the end of August there will be road work at Great Basin National Park on paved roads throughout the park. Delays of 10 minutes or less may occur. Updated 7/29/2014 More »

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    Astronomy programs are on hold while a safety review is completed for visitor and staff safety. Check back soon for an update when the programs will start again. More »

Lakes and Ponds

Six subalpine lakes are found in Great Basin National Park. Stella and Teresa Lakes occupy glacial cirques near the Wheeler Peak Campground, while nearby Brown Lake is in a glacial moraine. Baker and Johnson Lakes are also in glacial cirques, Baker Lake at the top of Baker Creek and Johnson Lake above Snake Creek. Dead Lake is found in a glacial terminal moraine.

All of these lakes are rather small, with an average surface area of 2 acres and no deeper than 20 feet. The majority of the water in them comes from snowmelt, although Teresa and Johnson Lakes also have springs flowing into them. During the summer a large amount of water evaporates off the water surface and the lakes decrease, leaving what appear to be bathtub-like rings around some of them.

Baker Lake contains two species of introduced fish, brook trout and Lahontan cutthroat trout. All of the lakes contain phytoplankton, zooplankton, and aquatic insects.

Did You Know?

No water in the Great Basin Desert ever reaches an ocean.

The Hydrographic Great Basin is a 200,000 square mile area that drains internally. All precipitation in this region evaporates, sinks underground, or flows into lakes. No water reaches the ocean.