Angel Lake Adventures

Summer is here and it is time to explore the outdoors in Elko County. 

Angel Lake is one of the area gems that is worth checking out. Less than 2 hours from Elko makes it an easy day or overnight trip.

Located 12 miles outside of Wells, Nevada, Angel Lake is located at the end of State Route 231. Designated as a Nevada State Scenic Byway, the drive is spectacular as you leave Wells and climb into the East Humboldt Mountains. This byway winds through sagebrush, pinon pine, mountain mahogany, quaking aspen, and limber pine. At the end of the road, you find Angel Lake in a glacial cirque and surrounded by high mountain peaks. Here are a few of the opportunities to enjoy.

Camping – Angel Lake Campground is located adjacent to the lake and offers 26 campsites that accommodate trailers and tents. Reservations are recommended as the campground often fills up on summer weekends. Visit online for more information on camping here.

Fishing – NDOW stocks the lake every year with brook, tiger, and rainbow trout. The cold clear water makes for good fishing all summer long.

Hiking – The Smith Lake Trailhead is located here. The 1½ mile trail winds through wildflowers and pine trees before reaching Smith Lake. It is a moderate climb in elevation, but well worth the effort.

Picnicking – Several picnic tables can be found at the lake parking area. Fire rings and grills are provided too. The perfect spot for a family barbecue and toasting s’mores.

Wildlife Viewing – The high peaks and rock walls above the lake are home to mountain goats and Rocky Mountain bighorn sheep. Bring a chair and binoculars, and with patience, you might spot these mountain dwellers.

Watersports – Angel Lake, at 13 acres, is perfect for non-motorized craft including paddleboards, kayaks, and canoes. Being on the water is a nice break from the summer heat in the valleys below. For those adventurous enough, the cool water is perfect for an afternoon swim.

For the most current road conditions, accessibility updates, and fire information, get in touch with the US Forest Service office directly at (775) 752-3357 or (775) 738-5171 before you head out to make memories.