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Kirch Wildlife Hot Springs

Kirch Wildlife Hot Springs surprisingly looks like a little piece of the Caribbean in the middle of the desert. O.K. that might be an exaggeration, but it does have warm, crystal clear, turquoise water. This is just one of the activities available for you in the Kirch Wildlife Area.

What Can I Do There?

The Kirch Wildlife Recreation Area has several large reservoirs.  They are great for fishing.  Here is a list of the fish present in the reservoirs. If you are more of a  birdwatcher, this is the place to be.  There is also a good sized campground with basic amenities for those of you looking to spend more than one day here.

Kirch Wildlife Area

Kirch Wildlife Area Reservoir-Adams McGill

Kirch Reservoir

Large Mouth Bass


Kirch Reservoir

Bullhead Catfish

Rainbow Trout

Rainbow Trout

Kirch Reservoir

Crappie Fish

What Will I See?

Kirch Wildlife Hot SpringsThe water here is warm and crystal clear at the Kirch Wildlife Hot Springs.

Kirch Wildlife Hot SpringsThere are fish that call Hot Creek home and even the rare Relict Fish lives here.

Kirsch Wildlife Birds

This is a birdwatchers paradise.  The marshy environment provides optimal habitat for a wide range of species of birds.

Kirsch Wildlife SignThere are several reservoirs in this area with great fishing.  These are some of the largest bodies of water in the area.

Where Can I Stay?

Lane’s Travel Center has a small but well-maintained motel.  This motel is located just north of Lund.  Yelp rates it a 4.5 out of 5. Ratings indicate the rooms are clean and the staff is friendly.  This location also has RV slots with power available.   The phone number for this facility is (775) 238-5246.

Lane's Ranch Motel

If you are interested in camping or finding a place for your RV, you can check out the Dave Deacon Campground approximately one mile from the Hot Springs.  This campground offers basic amenities (vault toilets, covered picnic tables, RV dump station, and shade trees).

Dave Deacon Campground

 How Do I Get There?

  • To get to the Hot Springs from Ely, Nevada, you will head south on Great Basin Boulevard.
  • Make a right turn onto Highway 6 at the McDonalds.
  • Stay on Highway 6 for approximately 23 miles.
  • Turn left onto Highway 318 towards Lund, Nevada.
  • Go approximately 33 miles past Lund on this Highway.
  • Make a right turn at the first Kirch Wildlife Sign.  Continue on this dirt road for approximately 11 minutes.  Stay to the right when you see Wildlife Drive with houses to the left.
  • You will see a section of cottonwood trees. This is where you will veer left towards the campground.
  • Pass the campground and make a right at the Hot Creek sign.
  • You will come to a small parking lot with a bathroom. This is the entrance to the Hot Springs.
  • We have included a video with directions for you.


1 Comment

  1. Wayne Cameron says:

    Good video. Might suggest that they move the sign back about a 1/4 mile so you wouldn’t have to veer back on to the road on the right headed towards the bathroom and parking lot. It has been 20+ years since I have been there but we were with people who knew the correct way. Good job Matt.

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