Bruneau River WMA (NH)

Looking for a destination a little more off the beaten path? The Bruneau River Wildlife Management Area is just that and then some.

Situated just south of the Idaho border in north-central Elko County sprawls over 6,000 acres of land owned by NDOW since 1994. The area is rich with history, from the humble ranching and mining town of Rowland to decades-old family homesteads. The acquisition of this property played an important role in the repatriation of Rocky Mountain elk in the Bruneau River Watershed, where herds have now reached population objectives. If accessing the WMA from Gold Creek Road, you’ll follow winding Meadow Creek through a canyon of towering rhyolite walls. Keep an eye out for coveys of chukar scrambling across the road and birds of prey perched up high. Upon your first crossing of the Bruneau River you can hang a right up NF Road 067 or continue on NF Road 037 towards the historic mining town of Rowland. Just before Rowland you will cross the Bruneau River for the second time. Here you can throw a line in the water for a chance at hooking a redband trout or wade into one of the deeper pools to cool off. As the Rowland Meadows open to the east, lookout for moose, pronghorn antelope, sage-grouse and other wildlife. Continue north on NF Road 037 towards MacDonald Creek where you’ll run into the historic Stowell and Howard homesteads. Dispersed camping is permitted except in any building or structure within the WMA.

Bruneau River WMA (NH)
Type of destination
Nevada Department of Wildlife - Wildlife Management Area
Adventure Rating


  • Pets Ok
  • Dispersed camping permitted except any building or other structure located within the WMA

Special Notes and Resources

One of the few locations on the trail with an adventure rating of 5, the Bruneau River Wildlife Management Area is an adventure that should be planned carefully. This is a very remote part of the state with no cell phone service. Be prepared with downloaded maps, a GPS, an InReach, and always plenty of food and water. Four-wheel drive vehicles recommended. Leave all gates as you found them (open or closed).