Coyote Cove, South Fork State Recreational Area
Shari  G.The Dyrt PRO User
Reviewed Apr. 28, 2019

Ruby views will keep you coming back!

Along the south west side of South Fork reservoir, these functional spots carry all the charm of a dirt parking lot, but the views of the Ruby Mountains reflected in the lake will keep you coming back. Each site offers a picnic table, sunshade, wind block screen, and fire ring. The pit toilets were clean and tidy, but there was no drinking water available at this campground.  

The Coyote Cove is a great beach for swimming, and launching canoes and kayaks, or small fishing boats. The boat launch and boat trailer parking lot is on the south side of the campground. The area offers opportunities for water sports of all kinds, hiking & mountain biking along many trails, or just sitting by the shore with a line in the water. Bird life is abundant in this area, with many species stopping along their migration route. We saw Loons, Dowwitchers, White Pelicans, Coots, and even the shy Hermit Thrush.  

The closest town with services is Spring Creek a short 12 miles away, a dozen more miles northwest is the city of Elko which has all the usual suburban amenities. We had good mobile service and data throughout the campground. Showers, water and a dump station are available at the developed campground across the lake, though it is only open from Spring until Fall, depending upon weather conditions.

  • View of the Ruby Mountains.
  • Choose a spot along the beach, but out on it's own.
  • Good morning Nevada!
  • Lots of sun for our solar panel!
  • No privacy between sites, but some are well-spaced apart.
  • Lots of great trails for walking and mountain biking in the area.
  • Motor boat launch in the campground.
  • The Ruby Mountains turn pink each evening as the sunsets.
  • A quick 360 of the area.
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