Sixty three miles north of Elko on Mountain City Highway, Wild Horse Reservoir is a man-made lake in Elko County initially created in 1937 with the construction of the Wild Horse Dam on the Owyhee River. Remote and remarkable, Wild Horse State Recreation Area is open year round. The park’s reservoir is a popular fishing site, with rainbow and German brown trout, small mouth bass, yellow perch and catfish. Cold winters make the lake an ideal location to ice fish and skate, or to explore on snowmobiles or cross-country skis. Beautiful wildflowers blanket the park in the spring, and summers offer swimming, boating, camping and hiking. Although hunting is not allowed in the park, the campground is a popular base camp for hunting in the surrounding area. Wildlife includes pronghorn, mule deer and elk as well as a variety of waterfowl and upland game birds.
The campground has 34 sites with a table, shade, a fire pit and a camp pad at each. There are no hookups, but the restrooms and showers are available year round. Water faucets and a dump station are available only during the summer months. The park also has three cabins available for rent. There is a boat ramp next to the day use beach.
There is also dispersed camping available on the eastern side of the lake on the Duck Valley Indian Reservation. There are fairly clean restrooms available, but we recommend taking your own toilet paper. Camping fees there are paid to the Duck Valley Indians.
State Park Fees (there is a stay limit of 14 days in a 30-day period):
Day use entrance fee:
$5.00 per vehicle (Non-NV Vehicles $10.00 per vehicle)
Boat launch: $10.00 (Non-NV Vehicles: $15.00)
Camping: $15.00 per vehicle, per night (Non-NV Vehicles: $20.00 per vehicle, per night)
Camp and Boat: $20.00 per night (Non-NV Vehicles: $25.00 per night)
Bike in: $2.00 per bike
Cabin: $90.00 per night
Duck Valley Indian Reservation Fees:
Day Use: $5.00 per vehicle
Camping: $10.00 per vehicle, per night for unpaved, $15:00 per vehicle, per night for paved
Extra Tent: $5:00 per night