Fish Lake Valley

N38.08428'    W117.27266'

A marker noting Fish Lake Valley's brief history and its role in the surrounding region.


  • Directions: Along SR 264, 3 miles north of Dyer.

Exact Description: This valley was settled when the Palmetto Mining District was discovered in 1866. In the 1870's, the Griffing & Nyman's, as well as the Pacific Borax Works, were extracting borax at Fish Lake.

The Carson and Columbus Stage Line ran northward to Aurora and Carson City, making connections with Logsprings in the Sylvania District and Lida. Several local ranches supplied food to the freight industry and mining communities.

A post office was opened at Fish Lake Valley in 1881.

(This marker commemorates the life and times of W.O. Harrell, known as "Harrell, the Irrepressible, Citizen Extraordinaire of Fish Lake Valley in the 1870's.")

  • Directions: Along SR 264, 3 miles north of Dyer.

NOTES: [133] Fish Lake Valley is one marker that is tucked away from just about everything in all directions. The nearest major city from this location is Bishop, California, some seventy miles to the west. Make sure you do all the necessary precautions before making the trek to Fish Lake Valley. The "town" of Dyer has only a few very basic services for travelers. As always, use your best judgement with this one.

It might not look it now in the dead middle of summer, the White Mountains (in the b.g.) are the highest mountain range in the Great Basin ... cresting at a height of 14,264 feet! The Whites are also home to Nevada's highest point, Boundary Peak at 13,140 feet.