Description - South Fork Reservoir covers 1,650 acres and is surrounded by 2,200 acres of wildlife-filled pinyon-juniper woodlands, sagebrush and rabbitbrush uplands and canyon riparian areas.
- The park is best known for its trophy-class trout and bass fishery. The park has a developed campground with 25 sites, each containing a picnic table and a small fire pit. Primitive camping is also allowed around much of the reservoir's shoreline. A developed boat launch is located on the north end of the reservoir. The park also offers a picnic ground, showers, trails, a swimming area and an RV dump station.
With the variety of vegetation types and the availability of water, South Fork attracts a variety of wildlife. The area is home to mule deer, antelope, beaver, otter, mink, badger and porcupine, as well as numerous bird species.
Recreation - South Fork State Recreation Area is popular for hunting, camping, boating, picnicking, winter sports and wildlife viewing. When conditions allow for ice fishing, the average stringer of fish weighs in at about two to two and one-half pounds per fish.
Climate - The area's climate is typical of northern Nevada's high-desert country. Rainfall is slight, and clear, sunny skies are the rule. Summer daytime temperatures peak near 90 degrees. Winter can bring very cold temperatures and significant snow. The park is open year-round but access may be hampered by snow during the winter months.
South Fork is located in northern Nevada, 16 miles south of Elko on state route 228.