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    Desert Creek, NV

    Desert Creek is a very small and narrow Creek that is enclosed with overgrown trees and shrubs, so be aware that flyfishing is not recommended.

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    Desert Creek
    Lyon County/ Sweetwater Mountains

    Desert Creek is a small creek (about 9 ft. wide and 3 to 4 ft. deep) with perennial water flows generally between 2.5 and 4 cfs. The entire Nevada portion of the creek, prior to water diversions, is located within the Toiyabe National Forest and open to the public (about 10 fishable miles in NV). The creek is in a mountain setting at an elevation of 5,800 and 7,800 ft. It is frozen in winter and snow levels make much of it inaccessible.

    Desert Creek has general fishing regulations: Season is open year around, any hour of day or night, and the limit is 5 trout, 10 mountain whitefish, and 15 warmwater game fish which not more than 5 may be black bass.

    Fish Species

    • Brook Trout
    • Rainbow Trout
    • Brown Trout

    A developed campground is adjacent to the lake, provided by, and administered through the U.S. Forest Service. An additional campground is located 2 to 3 miles down the mountain at Angel Creek. This campground is also operated by the Forest Service.

    Advice and Tips
    Anglers should expect to catch rainbow, brown, and brook trout using worms, salmon eggs, Power Bait, or fly fishing methods.

    Getting Here
    FROM WELLINGTON — Desert Creek has a north and a south Nevada-side entry. From the town of Wellington, travel south 4.5 miles on Hwy. 208 and the Wellington cutoff to Hwy 338. Head south on Hwy. 338 for less than mile and turn right to the north creek entrance, which is a gravel road (there is a small sign denoting Desert Creek on Hwy. 338). It is then approximately 6.5 miles to the creek. There are about five creek crossings (three to reach the campground) and a high-clearance vehicle is recommended. NOTE: For safety, driving through the creek during spring runoff is not recommended. Also, camp trailers are not advised unless the flow is low. Rather, take the south entrance by traveling about 14 miles south on Hwy. 338 from the north Desert Creek entrance. Again, there is a small sign denoting Desert Creek. The creek is about 5 miles. There are various primitive camping areas along the creek. Other than the USFS campground, no other facilities or services exist along Desert Creek.

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