New Camp Sites at Sheep Creek Reservoir
By: Sandra L. Jandreau, Editor
Every year a large number of fishermen and campers from various areas come to enjoy the outdoors and the fishing at the three reservoirs on the Duck Valley Indian Reservation. Fishermen and campers are drawn to the area to fish for Rainbow Trout and to enjoy the peace and beauty of the rugged landscape
around the reservoirs.
While the summer months are busier than others, it is important for the Shoshone-Paiute Tribes to keep the camping sites functional. This year the staff from the Fish, Wildlife & Parks Department and Barrick Summer Youth workers have made upgrades to the camping facilities at the Sheep Creek Reservoir.
With the generous donation from Nevada Gold Mines, formerly known as Barrick Gold of North America, and funding from the Bonneville Power Administration (BPA), 14 new camp sites were constructed, this includes the road in between the campsites and parking area for each.
The work on the camp sites started immediately, in early June. The structures are made of welded metal and covered with treated lumber, with tables and benches placed under each awning. The curvature of the awnings will allow for copious shade during the hot summer days.
There are 36 scattered campsites, however, many do not have roads to access them, so they are rarely or never used.
It is anticipated next spring the electricity hookups will be installed and made available for the
campers. Currently the cost is $10.00 per night or if an annual Fishing Permit is purchased,
camping is free. However, once the electricity hookups are made available, the prices will change.
Other improvements that will be made to the Sheep Creek Reservoir is a new vaulted toilet and hiking trail. Once a date is set for the delivery, the toilet will be installed, which will be later this summer or early Fall.
Visitors can also look forward to a new hiking trail being built in the near future, as well. The hiking trail is funded through the Nevada Parks & Recreation Trail Grant.
It is anticipated by next year Mountain View Reservoir will get new awnings and the current awnings will be refurbished and placed at the Sheep Creek Reservoir.
The Fish, Wildlife & Parks Department Staff would like to thank the Barrick Summer Youth for their hard work during the construction of the campgrounds and the generous donation from Nevada Gold Mines (Barrick).
Tribal Members, as well as visiting fishermen and campers can now enjoy the new campsites at the Sheep Creek Reservoir.
The Fish, Wildlife & Parks Staff ask that the new campsites be taken care of and please do not vandalize the tribal property.