Spooner Lake, Nevada

Spooner Lake is an artificial reservoir situated close to the Spooner Summit, at a pass in Sierra Nevada's Carson Range. The lake forms a part of the Lake Tahoe-Nevada State Park. It was built in 1927 to hold irrigation water and was designated as a trout fishery by the Nevada Department of Wildlife in 1973. Restrictions changed from permitting harvest to zero-harvest in 1982 and then restored to authorizing a five-fish harvest in 2006.

About The Spooner Lake

View of Spooner Lake near Lake Tahoe, Nevada.
View of Spooner Lake near Lake Tahoe, Nevada. 

Spooner Lake is situated at an elevation of 2,125m above sea level. The lake reaches a maximum depth of 6.7m and its watershed covers 2.6 sq. km. Spooner Lake was originally built to serve as a millpond for a timber firm. In the 1850s, a dam was built over Spooner Creek for this reason. The Spooner Lake is fed by several seeps and snowmelt, and its flows to the North Canyon Creek below the Spooner Dam. 

Activities At Spooner Lake

Fishing at Spooner Lake near Lake Tahoe
Fishing at Spooner Lake near Lake Tahoe. 

Spooner Lake is a fantastic summer and winter leisure destination. The lake is open all year for fishing, hiking, and birdwatching. Swimming, non-motorized boating, and mountain biking are popular in the summer, and cross-country skiing and snowshoeing are popular in the winter. As for hiking, there are adjacent trailheads that provide access to the backcountry as well as short paths suitable for the entire family. The lake is encircled by a 1.6-mile loop route with educational displays, seats, and beautiful views. Spooner Lake fishing is fun for people of all ages since they can catch rainbow, brown, and Lahontan cutthroat trout. Winter ice fishing is also wonderful for those visiting during the winter months.