Griswold Lake (Nevada)

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Griswold Lake
2014-07-25 09 34 36 View west across Griswold Lake from the trail to Ruby Dome east of the lake.JPG
Griswold Lake is located in Nevada
Griswold Lake
Griswold Lake
Location in Nevada
Location Ruby Mountains, Elko County, Nevada
Coordinates 40°38′06″N 115°29′12″W / 40.63500°N 115.48667°W / 40.63500; -115.48667
Type tarn
Primary outflows Butterfield Creek
Basin countries United States
Surface area 17 acres (6.9 ha)
Max. depth 20 ft (6.1 m)
Surface elevation 9,222 ft (2,811 m)

Griswold Lake is a glacial tarn in the Ruby Mountains of Elko County, Nevada, United States.[1] It is within the Ruby Mountains Ranger District of the Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest. The lake is located at the head of Hennen Canyon, at approximately 40°38.1′N 115°29.2′W / 40.6350°N 115.4867°W / 40.6350; -115.4867, and at an elevation of 9222 feet (2811 meters). It has an area of approximately 17 acres (7 hectares), and a depth of up to 20 feet (6 meters).

Griswold Lake is the principal source of Butterfield Creek, which flows down Hennen Canyon before exiting the mountains into Pleasant Valley. The lake is named after Chauncy "Chan" Griswold, an early rancher in Pleasant Valley and the father of Nevada Governor Morley Griswold. Butterfield Creek was also named after an early rancher, Henry Butterfield.

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