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Kawich Wilderness Study Area

Wilderness Area Status

Wilderness Study Area
Year Designated:

Act or Law:
Acres: 54320
State Region: West Central Nevada
County Regions: Nye   


Managing Agency: Bureau of Land Management
Local District: Battle Mountain field Office
Contact Info: (775) 635-4000
50 Bastian Road  Battle Mountain, NV89820
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Area Description

A high, central plateau and several peaks, the highest of which is Kawich Peak at 9,404 feet, comprise the heart of the Kawich WSA. The surprisingly open grassland of the central plateau surrounds two half-acre lakes, the Bellehelen Lakes. Steep and rugged terrain, over-grown drainages like in Jackson Falls Canyon, Haws Canyon, Eden Creek, and Cottonwood Canyon, and dense woodlands present a challenge to hikers. But the persistent will discover a truly remote wilderness and be rewarded with marvelous vistas of central Nevadas basin and range country. It stretches 12 miles long by 8 to 12 miles wide.

Dense pinyon-juniper woodlands cloak the lower elevations, yielding to impenetrable thickets of Mountain Mahogany above 8,000 ft. The trees shelter a northern desert shrub understory.

Mule deer, mountain lion, proghorn antelope, wild horses and chukar. This area provides winter habitat for mule deer.

Camping, hiking, hunting, riding, climbing are good in the mountainous areas and in the emerald green meadows that snake their way along the canyons. The topography is rugged and access can be stymied by steep slopes. Deep canyons, studded with rock outcrops, continue for miles. Dense forests blanket the mountainous core. Hikers enjoy an abundance of routes into the area.

This Wilderness Study Area is a component of the Bureau of Land Management's National Conservation Lands.


The Kawich Range - rock outcrops and a treed backdrop  (c) Brian Beffort

Summer thunderheads building up over the Kawich Wilderness Study Area  (c) Brian Beffort

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