The Dirt: Illipah Reservoir



The Illipah reservoir campground is a No-Fee area managed by the BLM. Amenities include shade structures, pit toilets, and pull through sites for trailers. Potable water is unavailable at this site. The Illipah reservoir is a popular fishing spot and sees high use during summer months
After staging at the Illipah Campground, trails exist towards the south and southeast of the reservoir. Multiple loop options are available by departing on USFS Road 59199. Riding is fast with few fence crossings. Most routes will fit a full size 4wd. 
Many historic mining areas can be found in this region, so be aware of open mine shafts. The abandoned ghost town of Hamilton on the west side of the Illipah trail system is a popular stop in the area.


To reach Illipah Reservoir from Ely:

  • From Downtown Ely, Take Highway 50 West for 37 miles.
  • Turn right at the sign for Illipah Reservoir and continue South a short to a road junction.
  • Turn left at this junction, and continue just over a mile to the Campground.

Rules of the Road

Land Manager: Bureau of Land Management

Bureau of Land Management - Ely District Office

More Trail Info…

702 North Industrial Way
Ely, NV 89301

Phone: 775-289-1800

Fax: 775-289-1910

Motor vehicles are permitted on designated trails only. Always plan ahead and prepare for uncertainty. Travel with warm clothing, first aid, food, water and appropriate tools to fix a problem.
Traveling in groups is always a good idea, as well as informing someone of where you will be going.

Outdoor Ethics:

Travel Responsibly when you visit Public Lands.

  • Plan Ahead and Prepare
  • Travel and Camp on Durable Surfaces
  • Dispose of Waste Properly
  • Leave What You Find
  • Minimize Campfire Impacts
  • Respect Wildlife
  • Be Considerate of Other Visitors

Leave No Trace

Tread Lightly

Historic Preservation

Camping Areas: Camping is available at the Illipah Campground managed by the BLM. The shared use site includes limited amenities including pit toilets, Shade Structures. Hunting/shooting is not allowed within developed recreation sites.

Plan Your Visit