Astronomy at South Fork State Recreation Area on Saturday, August 24

SPRING CREEK, Nev. – Join Jerry Pennington from Great Basin College and learn to identify various star constellations like the Big Dipper, Little Dipper, Polaris, Cepheus, and Scorpius at the reservoir. Using telescopes observe celestial objects and view stunning objects such as the rings of Saturn.    

WHAT: Astronomy-Stargazing

WHEN: Saturday, August 24 from 8:30 p.m. until people leave.

WHERE: South Fork is located in Spring Creek, NV; travel seven miles South on Elko on State Route 227, turn right on State Route 288 (5.5 miles) and turn right on Lower South Fork Road (travel 3.5 miles) and enter main entrance at park. Go straight until you see boat ramp sign and turn left. Go to the end of road at boat ramp parking lot (next to restroom).

WHO: Mr. Jerry Pennington from Great Basin College will lead this event that is open to the public.

COST:  The cost of the event is free.

CONTACT:  Robert Misiti, 775-744-4346,

MORE: Bring a jacket, flashlight and something to drink. Telescopes will be available for use. Restrooms will be available for this event.  

The Nevada Division of State Parks plans, develops and maintains a system of parks and recreation areas for the use and enjoyment of more than 3.3 million visitors a year. The division was established in 1963 by the Nevada Legislature to form a new state park agency within the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources. The division manages and maintains 23 parks, historic sites and recreation areas in Nevada.