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.
- 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.
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 ¾ 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.