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Open Year-round
Yes
Reservations possible?
No
RV Hookups
No
Potable water
No
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Illipah Reservoir and Campground is a free camping area with minimal developments adjacent to a year-round reservoir that covers about 70 surface acres when at capacity. 

At an elevation of just over 6,800 feet, the area can be extremely hot and windy during the warmer months, and the reservoir freezes over and is suitable for ice fishing during the colder months. The reservoir is stocked with rainbow trout and has a population of brown trout.

Campsites each have picnic tables and fire rings, most tables have wind protection, and a few vault toilets serve the campground. There is no running water, and there are no electrical hookups. All sites are available on a first-come, first-served basis. A day-use area also sits above the road down to the edge of the reservoir.

One loop serves cars and tent campers, while another larger loop has wide gravel pullouts suitable for large RVs. 

Reaching the reservoir requires a 1.5-mile drive down a well-graded gravel road from Highway 50. Overall the campground is sparse and the elements can be intense, but the reservoir makes a good fishing destination and offers boat access for those looking to get on the water.

Logistics + Planning

Preferable season(s)

Spring
Summer
Fall

Congestion

Occasionally full

Parking Pass

None

Price per night (basic site)

0.00 $ (0.00 €)

Pros

Free.

Cons

No amenities.

Pets allowed

Allowed with Restrictions

Managed by

BLM

Features

Vault toilet
Fishing
Family friendly
Picnic tables
Near lake or river

Access

Vehicle

Total number of sites

14

Maximum trailer length

40.00 ft (12.19 m)

Location

Field Guide

Nearby Adventures

Nearby Lodging + Camping

Schell Creek + Snake Range Area, Nevada

Comments

06/05/2019
Take care if there is any rain / snow likely - the access track quickly turns into a quagmire - visited on 30 May 2019 and couldn't access the site.
09/20/2016
Camped there in September. Incredible sunsets. Windy during the day and dead calm at night. A million stars as it's miles from any city. Explored a minigntramway nearby.
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