Lake Humboldt

Lake Humboldt or Humboldt Lake is an endorheic basin lake in northern Churchill County and southern Pershing County in the state of Nevada in the United States.[2] The lake has the name of Alexander von Humboldt, a German natural scientist.[3]

Lake Humboldt
2012-05-28 View of Humboldt Sink and Lake from Topog Peak in Nevada.jpg
Humboldt Sink and Lake
Lake Humboldt is located in Nevada
Lake Humboldt
Lake Humboldt
Location in Nevada
LocationChurchill / Pershing counties, Nevada, United States[1]
Coordinates40°00′02.88″N 118°37′27.12″W / 40.0008000°N 118.6242000°W / 40.0008000; -118.6242000
Primary inflowsHumboldt River
Primary outflowsnone (Humboldt Sink)
Basin countriesUnited States

The lake receives the Humboldt River from the north but has no outlet. Humboldt Sink, an intermittent extension of the lake to the south, crosses into northern Churchill County.[2] Since the lake is fed by a freshwater source but has no outlet, its water varies between brackish and extremely salt-laden depending on its distance from the inlet.


  1. ^ U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Lake Humboldt
  2. ^ a b Merriam-Webster's Geographical Dictionary, 3rd ed., Springfield MA: Merriam-Webster, 1997, ISBN 978-0-87779-546-9
  3. ^ Federal Writers' Project (1941). Origin of Place Names: Nevada (PDF). W.P.A. p. 11.