Location Spotlight: Wild Horse Reservoir | Nevada Film Office


Location Spotlight: Wild Horse Reservoir

Wild Horse Reservoir

Wild Horse Reservoir” by Famartin [CC BY-SA 3.0] via Wikimedia Commons / Cropped from original

Originally created in 1937 by the construction of the Wild Horse Dam, Wild Horse Reservoir is a man-made lake in Elko County named after the wild horses that roamed the Owyhee Meadows where the lake was constructed. A new dam was constructed in 1969 that doubled the size of the reservoir. At its maximum capacity, the reservoir covers 2,830 acres and holds a volume of 73,500 acre-feet of water.

Wild Horse Dam

Wild Horse Dam” by Famartin [CC BY-SA 4.0] via Wikimedia Commons / Cropped from original

Open year-round, the abundance of large trout, bass, catfish and perch is one of the area’s biggest attractions. In the early spring and late fall, fly fishing is popular while winter months offer ideal ice fishing conditions for anglers. The Wild Horse Ice Fishing Tournament is held annually in February.

With temperatures sometimes reaching -40°F, Wild Horse Reservoir is home to some of Nevada’s lowest winter temperatures. Although much of the landscape is treeless, nearby snow-capped mountains offer a beautiful setting to film against (take a look here).

If you are looking for a remote year-round recreation destination with gorgeous mountain ranges surrounding a glistening lake to film your next project at, be sure to take a trip to Wild Horse Reservoir and explore the area.

For more pictures, you can view the full Wild Horse Reservoir location details here or visit the Nevada Department of Conservation & Natural Resources “Wild Horse State Recreation Area” Album on Flickr.

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