Rye Patch Reservoir

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Rye Patch Reservoir


(775) 538-7321

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Rye Patch Dam and Reservoir are on the Humboldt River about 26 miles upstream from Lovelock, Nevada. The Dam, constructed in 1935-36 and enlarged in 1976, is 78 feet high with a crest length of 1,074 feet. The dam is a major feature of the Humboldt Project. Surface area of approximately 12,000 acres at full reservoir storage. Fishing season is year-round. Warm-water fishery with game species including white bass, walleye, white crappie, largemouth bass, bluegill, brown bullhead, and channel catfish. Nevada State record walleye caught at Rye Patch. Rye Patch Reservoir was constructed on the Humboldt River as an irrigation source for the Lovelock Valley. Average storage throughout its 40 year history is approximately 45,000 acre feet annually. Maximum capacity is 196,000 acre feet. Operation of the dam gate and reservoir storage is controlled by the Pershing County Water Conservation District. Reservoir elevations are subject to drastic fluctuations, which ultimately affects overall angler use and success.

Map of Rye Patch Reservoir

Latitude, Longitude: 40.565981, -118.301468



  • Boating

    A double-lane boat ramp and a dock are located next to the campground on the reservoir's west side. A single-lane boat ramp and restroom are located 10 miles north at Pitt Taylor remote camping area. Pit Taylor can be accessed via Exit 138 of Hwy 80. Water is not available at Pit Taylor. The boat speed limit is 5 mph within 100 feet of swimmers and beaches. Boating and fishing are prohibited in the buoyed swimming areas.

  • Camping

    Camping is first come/first basis. No hook-ups available. There also three group areas that can be reserved. The river campground below the dam has 22 units, a restroom with flush toilets, and hot showers. The campground on the reservoir's west side has 25 units, a restroom with flush toilets and hot showers. There are also undeveloped campsites along the reservoir that can be reached by boat or primitive roads. Camping is allowed in these areas unless otherwise posted.

  • Fishing

    Fishing for crappie, wipers, white bass, channel catfish, black bass and walleye is usually best in spring and early summer, with fall being a good season for catfish. Most angler's use worms or liver for catfish, minnows for wipers and jigs for crappie, walleye and bass. Bring your own bait since it often is not available in the area. A Nevada fishing license is required.

  • Hunting

    Call the area for more information.

  • Picnicking

    There are two designated, day use picnic areas. The river picnic area has tables, grills, and restrooms. The group use and picnic area on the west side has space for groups of up to 100 persons, with tables, grills, water and restrooms.

  • Water Sports

    Swimming and water skiing are popular activities.


Most park users prefer to visit during the warm months of late spring and summer. The area's climate is typical of northern Nevada's desert country. Rainfall is slight, averaging less then 6 inches annually. Clear, sunny skies are the rule, with summer daytime temperatures peaking near 90 degrees F. However, campers should note that summer temperatures can drop as much as 40 degrees at night. In mid-winter, daily highs average 40 degrees F, and nighttime temperatures sometimes drop below zero.



Rye Patch is located 22 miles north of Lovelock, Nevada (46 miles west of Winnemucca), just off of Internstate 80, on Rye Patch Reservoir Raod. Exit 129 will take you to the main park entrance, dam and campgrounds.

Phone Numbers


(775) 538-7321