The Humboldt River is in north-central Nevada. The river is about 330 miles long and provides water for mostly agricultural purposes.
The Humboldt River Basin is the largest river basin that is entirely within the State covering more than 16,000 square miles.The Humboldt River Basin contains 34 hydrographic areas: Marys River, Area, Starr Valley, North Fork Area, Lamoille Valley, South Fork Area, Huntington Valley, Dixie Creek Area, Elko Segment, Susie Creek Area, Maggie Creek Area, Marys Creek Area, pine Valley, Crescent Valley, Carico Lake Valley, Upper Reese River Valley, Antelope Valley, Middle Reese River Valley, Lower Reese River Valley, Whirlwind Valley, Boulder Flat, Rock Creek Valley, Willow Creek, Clovers Area, pumpernickel Valley, Kelley Creek Valley, Little Humboldt Valley, Hardscrabble Area, paradise Valley, Winnemucca Segment, Grass Valley, Imlay Area, Lovelock Valley, and White plains.
USGS Nevada Water Science Center maintains more than 69 streamflow gages on the Humboldt River.
DataReal-Time Streamflow :: Daily Values :: Peak-Flow :: Water Quality
Research in the Humboldt River Basin
Humboldt River Basin Bibliography: List of USGS Nevada WSC publications about the Humboldt River Basin, including cooperative State publications.
One of the largest industries in Nevada is gold mining and the majority of those mines are in the Humboldt River Basin on the Carlin Trend. Gold mines in Nevada produce close to 80 percent of all the gold in the U.S. and are the 4th largest in the world. In 2010, Nevada mines produced 5,338,559 ounces of gold (Nevada Division of Minerals).
Photo courtesy of USGS Western Mineral and Environmental Resources