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    Great Basin

    National Park Nevada

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  • Telephones not working at Great Basin National Park

    The park is experiencing an outage with all incoming and outgoing telephone calls. We hope to resolve this issue soon.

  • Road Work at Great Basin National Park

    Road work will create delays on the main park road going up to Lehman Caves Visitor Center and Wheeler Peak Scenic Drive. Wheeler Peak Campground will close at noon on September 2nd and portions of the Scenic Drive. Click more for details. Updated 8/25/14 More »

  • Snake Creek Road and Campsites Closed

    The Snake Creek Road will be closed from the park boundary into the park to begin work on campsites, trails and restroom improvements. Work will continue until snow closes the project. Work will resume in Spring 2015.

Fishing

Baker Creek

Baker Creek

Kelly Carroll

Regulations
All Nevada state fishing regulations apply in Great Basin National Park. A Nevada state fishing license is required for all persons 12 years of age or older. An annual license also requires a trout stamp. The park does not sell fishing licenses. Fishing licenses can be purchased online and printed out at the Border Inn, 12 miles from the park, and the Hotel Nevada and Sportsworld in Ely, NV (70 miles) or online at Nevada Division of Wildlife website.

Worms are permitted, but the use of other live bait, amphibians, or non-preserve fish eggs is prohibited in the park. Fishing is by rod and reel only. Catch and release fishing using barbless hooks is encouraged.

Locations to Fish

Lehman Creek - From Upper Lehman Creek Campground to the park boundary. Brown, brook and rainbow trout.
Baker Creek - From Baker Creek trailhead through Grey Cliffs Group Campground. Brown, brook, and rainbow trout.
Snake Creek - From park boundary to pipe outlet (3 miles in). Brown and brook trout.
Strawberry Creek - Catch and release Bonneville cutthroat trout.
Baker Lake - Accessed by a 12 mile hike round trip from Baker Creek trailhead. Baker Lake is at an elevation of approximately 10,730 feet. The lake is approximately 4 surface acres at its maximum and drops rapidly through the summer. Brook and Lahontan cutthroat trout.
Shingle or Williams Creeks - Accessed by four wheel-drive roads on west side of park. Rainbow trout.

 

Whirling DiseaseThis disease, now expanding into Utah and northern Nevada, causes fish to be deformed and swim in tight circles, hence the name. Currently, whirling disease is not present in Great Basin National Park, so please help us keep it out!

  • Moving live fish between bodies of water is prohibited in the park. Doing so can aid in the spread of disease.
  • Thoroughly wash all waders and other gear before entering a different creek or body of water.
  • If you have previously fished in an area that contains whirling disease, clean your gear, including boots and waders, with a 10% bleach solution. Let them dry in the sun to kill any spores before fishing in the park.

Did You Know?

Bonneville Cutthroat Trout

The Bonneville cutthroat trout is the only trout native to Great Basin National Park and East Central Nevada. Ancestors of the current Bonneville cutthroat trout were abundant in ancient Lake Bonneville 16,000 to 18,000 years ago, the remnant of what is now the Great Salt Lake in Utah.