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Wayne E. Kirch Wildlife Management Area

One of the best kept secrets near Ely, Nevada!
Trail Uses
Hiking Mountain biking E-biking Paddling Horseback riding
Nye County
50.00 miles (Network)
Ely, Hiko
Dirt, Lake/Pond
Permitted on Leash
Wilderness Areas
Far South Egans Wilderness Area, Grant Range Wilderness Area
Wilderness Study Areas
Blue Eagle Wilderness Study Area, Riordan's Well Wilderness Study Area


The variety of habitat from sage shrub lands to wet and marshy meadows creates a very unique and diverse biological region in Nevada. In the shrub lands you will find mule deer, sage grouse and pronghorn antelope where as in the wetlands you will find a variety of different birds, amphibians and reptiles. Some of the more popular activities at the Wayne E. Kirch Wildlife Management Area are horseback riding, sightseeing, hiking, camping and fishing. Hunting in the area mostly consists of waterfowl and dove hunting, big game is sparse in the area so hunting deer or pronghorn is not allowed. Fishing is the most popular recreation activity, with trout season occurring from March though August and bass fishing staring in May and ending in September. Certain reservoirs are open at certain times of year and each have their own restrictions. 

Boat launches are available at Haymeadow Reservoir, Cold Springs Reservoir, Adams-McGill Reservoir and Dacey Reservoir.

This is a wildlife management area, please adhere to the seasonal closures of various areas within the management boundary. From February 15th - August 15th, access is restricted in the upper portion of Adams-McGill, Cold Springs, Dacey and Haymeadow reservoirs and all of Tule Reservoir due to waterfowl nesting season. Only boats without motors are allowed on Davey Reservoir from Feb.15th through Aug. 15th. Flat wake restrictions are in effect year round. 

Other Information

For a quick overview of the W.E Kirch Wildlife Management Area, check out NDOW's story map!

For more in depth hunting and fishing rules and regulations, review the NDOW W.E Kirch WMA brochure. 

Trail Manager

For more information visit the Nevada Department of Wildlife website or contact: 

Nevada Department of Wildlife - Ely Field Office

Nevada Department of Wildlife - Ely Field Office
1218 N Alpha St.
Ely, Nevada 89301
Phone: (775) 289-1655 ext. 21
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Parking is available throughout the wildlife management area. Roads are compact gravel and are passible by passenger car. 

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