• Bristlecone Pine

    Great Basin

    National Park Nevada

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  • Wheeler Peak Summit Trail Closed

    A small smoldering fire near the trail has caused the closure of the Wheeler Peak Summit Trail. park staff is observing the fire. Check back here to get an update whne the trail will open. Alpine Lakes Loop and Bristlecone Trail are open. More »

  • Road Work at Great Basin National Park

    Road work will begin in Upper Lehman and Wheeler Peak Campgrounds. Campgrounds will be open but may be noisy and have large vehicles on the roads. The Scenic Drive is open with up to 15 min delays due to road work. Click more for details. Updated 9/9/14 More »

  • Travel Not Recommended - Wheeler Peak Scenic Drive Above 8,000 Feet

    Snow and ice may make travel on Wheeler Peak Scenic Drive unsafe, travel is not recommended at this time. Warmer weather later in the week is expected and conditions may improve. Please check back. 9/29/2014

  • 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?

Mountain Lion

Great Basin National Park's mountain lions feed primarily on mule deer but also include porcupines, rabbits, bighorn sheep, beaver, elk, marmots, and small rodents in their diets.