South Fork State Recreation Area

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South Fork State Recreation Area


(775) 744-4346

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Surrounded by 2,200 acres of wildlife-filled meadow lands and rolling hills, South Fork Reservoir covers 1,650 acres within the State Recreation Area. This area is popular for hunting, camping, boating, picnicking, winter sports, and wildlife viewing. The park is best known for its trophy-class trout and bass fishery. Facilities include a boat launch, campground, trailer dump station, and picnic areas. The Ruby Mountains are 10-15 miles to the east and provide a grand scenic backdrop for the site, rising to 11,387 feet at the spectacular Ruby Dome.

Map of South Fork State Rec. Area (NV)

Latitude, Longitude: 40.664247, -115.741003



  • Boating

    Two boat ramps are available. The southwest shore boat launch can accommodate boats up to 15 feet in length.

  • Camping

    A 25-site campground is located off the north park access road. Facilities include campsite tables, grills and a flush restroom with showers. The campground is open from early May to mid October, depending on weather conditions. Open camping is also available along the southwest shore. All campsites are first-come, first-served.

  • Fishing

    The South Fork Reservior is designed as a trophy fishery with a one trout limit. Only artificial lures with single barb-fewer hooks may be used. The downstream portion of the South Fork of the Humboldt, below the dam, is also open to fishing. Trophy size Rainbow and Brown Trout, Cutt-bow Trout, Small-mouth and Large-mouth Black Bass, Wiper hybrid Bass and Channel Catfish are the dominant game fish species in South Fork Reservoir.

  • Hiking

    Nature trails are available.

  • Hunting

    Hunting is allowed in season with a shotgun or archery only, but is prohibited within a quarter mile of any developed facility such as campgrounds and boat ramps. The downstream portion of the South Fork of the Humboldt, below the dam, is also open to hunting in season with shotgun only.

  • Picnicking

    Picnicking is allowed in most areas of the reservoir.

  • Water Sports

    Enjoy boating and swimming.

  • Winter Sports

    Winter sports are available.


The park is open year-round, but access may be hampered by extreme cold and snow during the winter months.



South Fork State Recreation Area is located seven miles south of Elko on State Route 227, five and a half miles south on State Route 228, and three and a half miles SW on Lower South Fork Road.

Phone Numbers


(775) 744-4346