Humboldt River - SF

Map of Humboldt River - South Fork

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The South Fork Humboldt River originates on the west side of the Ruby Mountains in Elko County.  With the completion of South Fork Dam in 1988, the South Fork Humboldt River was divided into upper and lower reaches.  Improved upstream habitat management and subsequent water releases from the reservoir have improved downstream water quality and has enhanced game fish production.

Pertinent Information

Upstream from the dam, the river runs 7 miles to State Route 228, and below the dam, the river is fishable for approximately 12 miles to Hunter Banks Diversion Dam.  Water discharge ranges from 5 to 15 cubic feet per second (cfs) in the fall, and from 600 to 1,100 cfs in the spring.  Bowcutt trout (rainbow x cutthroat hybrid), rainbow trout, brown trout, smallmouth bass, and channel catfish are the likely game fish present, which originally had come from the reservoir.  Both rainbow and brown trout are known to spawn in the river above and below the reservoir, with rainbow trout typically ranging from 14 to 22 inches.  In general, though, the best times of year to fish are from March through June and September through December.  There is camping at South Fork State Park.  


Stocking Updates


Nevada Fishing Regulations

Boating Regulations

There are no special boating regulations for the South Fork of the Humboldt River.


State Park at South Fork Reservoir off State Route 228 and Bullion Road out of Elko are the only “legal” access points. The State Park access is paved, while Bullion Road is improved gravel.


  • Rainbow Trout
  • Brown Trout
  • Cutthroat Trout
  • Rainbow Cutthroat Hybrid
  • Channel Catfish
  • Smallmouth Bass

  • Regions

  • Eastern Nevada

  • Counties

  • Elko County