Location and Overview
Eagle Valley Reservoir is located within Spring Valley State Park, 18 miles from the town of Pioche, NV on SR 322 (check out the map). It is close enough to Las Vegas for convenience, and at an elevation of about 5800 feet can provide a welcome respite from the Southern Nevada summer heat as well as some good fishing. The reservoir was first stocked with fish in 1965, and fishing was allowed beginning the following year.
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Fishin’ Eagle Valley Reservoir
Eagle Valley Reservoir is home to both brown and rainbow trout, with rainbows being the primary species. Various colors of Powerbait seem to pretty consistently be the top producers for shore fishermen here, although worms do well too. If you’re fishing from a boat or float tube, try using flashy lures such as spoons or spinners. Fly fishing works well for float tubers also. For more information on what types of baits or lures are working best at any given time, take a look at the fishing report. The Nevada Department of Wildlife stocks the lake year round, and the latest stock reports are available on their website.
Eagle Valley boasts plenty of shoreline easily accessible to anglers, as well as a fishing dock. A boat launch ramp and picnic area are located at the west end of the lake, as well as restrooms and a fish cleaning station with running water. Since the reservoir is located within a state park, there is a fee to launch your boat; the latest fee schedule is available from the Nevada Division of State Parks. If you don’t have your own, you can rent a boat from Big Fish Boat Rental, located about three miles from the lake off SR322 at Eagle Valley Resort.
The store at Eagle Valley Resort also sells bait, tackle, ice, and other necessaries. The closest town where other supplies could be purchased is Pioche, 18 miles away. Las Vegas, about a three-hour drive to the south, boasts a Bass Pro Shops store, which carries just about everything you’ll ever need for fishing and camping.
Eagle Valley Reservoir also offers easy access to other fishing opportunities within the area, including Echo Canyon Reservoir (largemouth bass, crappie, and rainbow trout), and Meadow Valley Wash (stream fishing for rainbow and brown trout).
Eagle Valley Reservoir tends to be very warm during the summer and cold in the winter. Average summer high temperatures are from 80 to 90 degrees, with nighttime lows dropping into the 40’s. Rainfall is variable, and thunderstorms are common. Winter brings cold temperatures and the possibility of snow. Whatever time of year you go, be sure to check the weather forecast first.
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Lodging and Camping
There are three campgrounds located conveniently close to Eagle Valley Reservoir. Horsethief Gulch Campground, with 37 improved sites, is just to the west of the lake, and has running water, bathrooms, and showers. Firewood can be purchased at Eagle Valley Resort; none is available at the campground. Ranch Campground is two miles to the north past the lake on SR322; it has pit toilets and no running water. Meadow Valley Campground, located off SR322 to the south, is a primitive campground close to Meadow Valley Wash. A group camp on the south side of the lake is available by reservation only; see the Spring Valley State Park site for contact and reservation information. Camping is also available adjacent to nearby Echo Canyon Reservoir.
If tent camping isn’t your thing, Eagle Valley Resort, three miles from the lake on SR322, offers cabin rentals, while the town of Pioche boasts a decent selection of hotels, rental cabins, and RV parks. For more information on lodging there, as well as contact and reservation information, see the Pioche Chamber of Commerce website.
Licensing and Regulations
All anglers 12 years of age and older must have a current Nevada fishing license to fish in Eagle Valley Reservoir or any of the other nearby waters. Additionally, a trout stamp is required to take any species of trout. There is a 5-fish limit. Only one pole may be used, unless you purchase a second pole stamp. The complete, current Nevada fishing regulations are available on the NV Department of Wildlife’s website.
Spring Valley State Park is a fee area, and charges for both camping and day use. Fees are payable at fee stations located near the boat launch ramp and at the entrance to Horsethief Gulch Campground. Park rangers conduct periodic checks to ensure fee compliance. For current fee information, see the NV State Parks website.
For more information on Spring Valley State Park, including general regulations and campground information, check out the NV Division of State Parks site or call the park office at (775) 962-5102.