Independence Lake

Area Status: Open
This area is Open
 

Kayak on shoreline of mountain lake

Independence Lake Preserve is one of five preserves managed by the Nevada chapter of the Nature Conservancy.   Independence Lake's beauty and rustic nature are matched only by the amazing biodiversity that it supports.  It is home to one of only two wild, self-sustaining lake populations of Lahontan cutthroat trout in the world - a fish that has been lost from 99% of its historic range.  The lake also plays an important role in providing clean drinking water to western Nevada.

The pristine status of Independence Lake faces threats.   Aquatic invasive species such as quagga mussels, New Zealand mud snails, and Eurasion water-milfoil can easily infiltrate into the region and severely disrupt the lake's healthy ecosystem and the delivery of clean drinking water.  In addition, these invasives could affect the lake's unique assemblage of native fish.  

The lake is open year-round for walk-in day use.  Preserve staff are on-site daily from June through October and irregularly the remainder of the year.  No boats, float tubes or paddlecraft from outside the preserve are permitted to protect the area from invasive species.   A fleet of float tubes, kayaks and small motor boats are available to the public, courtesy of the Nature Conservancy to offset the prohibited use of outside watercraft.   

At a Glance

Restrictions: Lahontan Cutthroat trout are catch and release only.  Anglers must use artificial lures and barbless hooks.  Daily bag and possession limits: 5 fish per day, 10 in possession.  To avoid accidental introduction of invasive species, the Nature Conservancy does not allow outside vessels or float tubes to be used at this lake.

General Information

Directions:

To get to the lake, take Forest Service Road #07 at Little Truckee Summit, proceed for 2 miles, and turn left onto Forest Service Road 350 for seven miles.  


Activities


Fishing

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River and Stream Fishing

Upper Independence Creek:  Fishing is closed in all Independence Lake tributaries leading into the lake and within 300 feet of the mouths of those tributaries.

Lower Independence Creek (below the lake): Brown trout inhabit this portion of the creek.  Browns up to 20 inches and even larger have been reported.  Access is limited.

Lake and Pond Fishing

General Info:

Directions

To get to the lake, take Forest Service Road #07 at Little Truckee Summit, proceed for 2 miles, and turn left onto Forest Service Road 350 for seven miles.  



Winter Sports

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