The Pine Forest Range, in northern Nevada's arid Great Basin, is a rare and exceptional area of abundant streams and clear, cold subalpine lakes. Blue Lakes, Onion Reservoir, and Knott Creek Reservoir are three popular sites in this remote area. The spectacular scenery and vistas, combined with outstanding recreational opportunities, draw thousands of visitors annually. Despite being one of the most highly visited recreational areas in the region, the area still appears pristine.
There are three lakes that make up the Blue Lake complex, one large lake and two smaller ones. The main larger lake has an average depth of 24 feet and a maximum depth of 44 feet. It is 24 surface acres, while the lower lake complex is 7.4 surface acres. Fish include brook trout, tiger trout (brown trout x brook trout hybrid), bowcutt trout (rainbow trout x cutthroat trout hybrid), and rainbow trout. Onion Valley Reservoir covers 101 acres when full and has maximum depth of 24 feet. Fish species include rainbow trout, bowcutt trout (rainbow x cutthroat hybrid), and tiger trout (brown x brook hybrid). Knott Creek Reservoir covers 216 surface acres, stores 2,700 acre-feet of water, and has a maximum depth of 24 feet. Fish include rainbow trout, bowcutt trout (rainbow x cutthroat hybrid), tiger trout (brown x brook trout hybrid), and Lahontan speckled dace.