South Fork State Recreation Area

353 Lower South Fork #8
Spring Creek, NV 89815


About South Fork
South Fork State Recreation Area boasts flourishing meadows and rolling hills filled with northeastern Nevada wildlife. Sightings of mule deer, badgers, beavers and kit foxes are a common sight. With the Ruby Mountains as a backdrop, visitors easily and eagerly enjoy hunting, boating, swimming and fishing. The expansive reservoir holds an abundant cache of catfish, bass and trophy size trout. A variety of waterfowl grace the lake, including ducks and geese. South Fork also offers both primitive and developed camping. A 25-site campground includes campsite tables, grills and a restroom with showers.

Facilities & Amenities:

Camping:A 25-site campground is located off the north park access road. Facilities include campsite tables, grills and a flush restroom with showers. Camping is open all year. Open camping is also available along the southwest shore. Individual campsites are on a first-come, first-served basis. Group campsites can be reserved for use by contacting the park. The RV dump station is open year-round and is just off the main north park entrance road. A camping limit of 14 days in a 30-day period is enforced.

Group Use Camping: Tomera Cove can be reserved for group use camping by contacting the park.

Picnicking: Picnicking is allowed in most areas of the reservoir.

Boat Launching: Two boat ramps are available. The southwest shore boat launch can accommodate boats up to 15 feet in length. Float tube enthusiasts are encouraged to use this area. The main boat launch has ample parking and a non-flush restroom.

Fishing: The South Fork of the Humboldt River portion, from the Lucky Nugget Subdivision access causeway to the upstream Gauging Station, is open for public use. This area of South Fork is designed as a trophy fishery with a one trout limit. Only artificial lures with single barbless hooks may be used. The downstream portion of the South Fork of the Humboldt, below the dam, is also open to fishing, one quarter mile past the spill way. Buy a fishing license online at The South Fork canyon area west of the park boundary is managed by the Bureau of Land Management.

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