South Fork Owyhee River/Owyhee River Canyon
Just 16 miles south of Elko is the South Fork State Recreation Area, a sprawling region that attracts campers, hunters and especially fishermen. The 2,200-acre recreation area is home to the South Fork Reservoir, a body of water that measures 1,650 acres and boasts trophy rainbow and brown trout, channel catfish, and smallmouth and largemouth black bass. The reservoir’s constant water levels make it an excellent fishery, but it’s equally popular with boaters and waterfowl, everything from Mallard and Pintail ducks to Canadian geese, Common Coots, American Widgeons and more.
With its juniper-rich woodlands, meadows dotted with generous clumps of sagebrush, rolling hills and deep canyons, the South Fork State Recreation Area not only provides ideal habitat for a variety of wildlife but is also a beautiful place for visitors. The lucky few may spot some of the locals, such as the badgers, coyotes, beavers, kit foxes and Rocky Mountain mule deer, but will be just as satisfied with the great hiking, picnicking and camping in the South Fork State Recreation Area. Campers will find a campground with 25 sites, each with a picnic table and fire pit.
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