70 miles north of Elko, Nevada.
Fed by the East Fork Owyhee River, 2-mile-long Wildhorse Reservoir, adjoining the recreation area, is an important northeastern Nevada year-round fishery. The reservoir even offers excellent ice fishing in the winter, when lake ice can grow to a foot thick. Elevations rise to more than 6,000 feet in this beautiful, high-desert environment.
From Elko, travel north 70 miles on State Highway 225. The BLM North Wildhorse Campground is along the northbound side of the highway. (State Park and Bureau of Indian Affairs campgrounds are on the southbound side of the highway, fronting on the reservoir.)
Hiking, mountain biking, horseback riding, fishing, boating, scenic drives, wildlife viewing, birdwatching, snowmobiling, water skiing, windsurfing, and cross-country skiing.
The reservoir contains channel catfish, rainbow trout, German brown trout, and other trout species. Golden eagles frequent the area, and waterfowl and shorebirds are common. Other resident bird species include downy woodpeckers, mountain bluebirds, and many types of warblers. Long-tailed weasels, coyotes, and yellow-bellied marmots may also be spotted.
Permits, Fees, Limitations
Camping and Lodging
There are 18 developed campsites. Three of these are shaded group sites that can each accommodate 20–30 people. Fees are charged for overnight camping from May 15–November 15. In addition to BLM’s North Wildhorse Campground, both Nevada State Parks and the Bureau of Indian Affairs offer complete campgrounds and boat launch facilities. State Park and Bureau of Indian Affairs fees are slightly higher than BLM fees. The nearest lodging is available at Wild Horse Ranch and Resort, 3 miles south of the campgrounds on U.S. Highway 225. Lodging is also available in Mountain City, 15 miles north on State Highway 225, and in Elko.
Food and Supplies
There are no supplies or services available on-site. Food and supplies are available in Elko and Mountain City. Limited supplies and a restaurant are available at Wild Horse Ranch and Resort.
First aid is not available on-site. The nearest hospital is located in Elko. A medical clinic for emergencies is located in Owyhee, 12 miles north of Mountain City.
The BLM campground provides beautiful vistas of the reservoir and surrounding mountains. The campground is only open from May–November, as the area’s winter weather is very harsh. The recreation area is open year-round, but access may be hampered by extreme cold and snow in winter months.
BLM - Elko District Office
3900 East Idaho Street
Elko, NV 89801
Tel: (775) 753-0200