Bill Evans Lake sits 300 feet above
the Gile River that fills it. The lake is suited to both trout and warmwater fish species, and is a great
year-round place to watch birds and wildlife.
Bill Evans provides a great view of surrounding mountain ranges. The lake is
surrounded by a gravel road, providing access to much of the shoreline. The
gravel road can be uneven and may require a high ground clearance vehicle in
some areas but the lake is relatively small and all of the shoreline can be
reached easily by foot.
The lake consists of crappie, channel catfish,
bluegill and largemouth bass. Trout, although present throughout the year, are
more active from October through May. Compared to other southwestern lakes, Bill
Evans has relatively cool waters and largemouth bass grow slower than in warmer
lakes. But big largemouth are still found in Bill Evans, including the state
record 15-pound, 13-ounce largemouth caught in 1995. The lake is typically
maintained at a level of 62 surface acres.
Camping is permitted at the lake, although there are no developed campsites.
Boating is permitted on the lake, but only electric motors and self-propelled
boats are allowed. All of the lake is a no-wake zone.