South Fork State Recreation Area Article

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South Fork State Recreation Area
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South Fork Dam and Reservoir, looking southeast
Map showing the location of South Fork State Recreation Area
Map showing the location of South Fork State Recreation Area
Location in Nevada
Location Elko, Elko, Nevada, United States
Coordinates 40°39′27″N 115°44′47″W / 40.65750°N 115.74639°W / 40.65750; -115.74639
SOUTH FORK STATE RECREATION AREA Latitude and Longitude:

40°39′27″N 115°44′47″W / 40.65750°N 115.74639°W / 40.65750; -115.74639
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Area3,903.04 acres (15.7950 km2) [2]
Elevation5,226 ft (1,593 m) [1]
Established1983
Governing bodyNevada Division of State Parks
Website South Fork State Recreation Area

South Fork State Recreation Area is a state park unit of the state of Nevada covering nearly four thousand acres, located five miles (8.0 km) due south of Elko. [3] The park comprises the 1,650-acre (670 ha) South Fork Reservoir and surrounding marsh, meadowlands, and hills. [4]

History

The land was formerly the site of the Tomera Ranch, which was sold to the state in 1983. The reservoir was created with construction of the South Fork Dam, an impoundment on the South Fork of the Humboldt River authorized in 1983 and completed in 1988. [5] Filling of the reservoir was completed in 1995. [6]

Activities and amenities

Facilities include a 25-site campground, boat ramp, and parking area near the dam. The reservoir is known for its trophy-class trout and bass fishing. [3] South Fork Canyon, managed by the Bureau of Land Management below the dam, is available for hiking, floating, and fishing. [7]

References

  1. ^ a b "South Fork Recreation Area". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey.
  2. ^ "Inventory of State Lands" (PDF). Nevada Division of State Lands. May 2016. Archived from the original (PDF) on December 21, 2016. Retrieved January 25, 2017.
  3. ^ a b "South Fork State Recreation Area". Nevada State Parks. Department of Conservation and Natural Resources. Retrieved January 25, 2017.
  4. ^ "South Fork Reservoir". Bodies of Water. Nevada Department of Wildlife. Retrieved February 1, 2018.
  5. ^ "History of South Fork State Recreation Area". Nevada State Parks. Department of Conservation and Natural Resources. Retrieved January 25, 2017.
  6. ^ "Natural Resources and Climate for South Fork State Recreation Area". Nevada State Parks. Department of Conservation and Natural Resources. Retrieved February 1, 2018.
  7. ^ "South Fork Canyon Recreation Area". Bureau of Land Management. Retrieved January 25, 2017.

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