Humboldt River - SF
Map of Humboldt River - South Fork
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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.
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
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.