Angel Lake/Angel Creek

Located 9 miles southwest of Wells is the beginning of this scenic drive. Turn on State Route 231, a paved two-lane state maintained road. This road has been designated a State Scenic Byway, which winds 12 miles through sagebrush and aspen up to an alpine lake, elevation 8500ft. The campgrounds, as well as Angel Creek are located along this road.

CLIMATE: Road is not maintained in the winter time due to heavy snowfall. Late spring and early fall snow storms make the road impassible.

CAMPING: Fee Camping and Parking. These campgrounds ares accessed by winding, steep roads, for this reason, large RV's are not recommended, also due to lack of parking for these larger vehicles. Angel Creek Campground contains 3 vault toilet buildings, a picnic table and fire ring in all 18 sites , one hand pump, a gravity fed water system with 2 hydrants, an information board. There are no established tent pads, but tent camping is available at ten of the sites. Angel Lake Campground 26 paved sites, all having tent pads except site #10. Water and vault toilets.

PICNICKING: Adjacent to the Angel Lake Campground. Picnic grounds contain 11 picnic sites, with a picnic table and fire ring in each site. The area has two toilets, a gravity fed water system with 2 hydrants and an information board. The perimeter of Angel Lake is included in the picnic area. The parking lot can hold about 27 vehicles.

TRAILHEAD: Between Angel Creek and Angel Lake is the Winchell Lake Trail Head. A 4 mile contouring hike to Winchell Lake and into the East Humboldt Wilderness. Also the Grays Lake Trail Head.

OFF ROAD VEHICLES: The majority of Elko County is classified as "open" to off-road vehicle use. Opportunities vary from well maintained gravel roads to hundreds of miles of primitive, back country "two-tracks". There are some Wilderness Study Areas and the areas within the Special Recreation Management Areas have a "limited" ORV (Off Road Vehicle) designation and all vehicles are required to stay on existing roads and two-track routes-in these areas NO cross country travel is permitted.

BOATING: Shore fishing is most common due to the small size and lack of a developed boat ramp. Boats without motors are permitted and must be carried to the water.

FISHING: Angel Lake is a natural, high elevation, alpine lake that was modified to provide irrigation storage. Lake depth is 35 ft maximum, surface area is 13 surface acres. The entire parameter of the lake is fishable, however, the eastside near the dam is the easiest access.

Angel Lake has a natural reproducing population of Brook Trout, however, stocking is necessary to keep up with angling pressure. Most forms of bait such as; worms, salmon eggs, power bait, etc., are successful along with small lures and fly fishing methods.

Please refer to fishing regulations for exact details.


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