Cave Lake State Park

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Cave Lake State Park
Nevada State Park
Fishing on Cave Lake
Country  United States
State  Nevada
County White Pine
Elevation 7,198 ft (2,194 m) [1]
Coordinates 39°11′23″N 114°43′21″W / 39.18972°N 114.72250°W / 39.18972; -114.72250Coordinates: 39°11′23″N 114°43′21″W / 39.18972°N 114.72250°W / 39.18972; -114.72250 [1]
Area 4,500 acres (1,821 ha)
Established 1973
Management Nevada Division of State Parks
Location in Nevada
Website: Cave Lake State Park

Cave Lake State Park is a public recreation area located approximately 15 miles (24 km) southeast of Ely in White Pine County, Nevada.[2] The state park is situated on Success Summit Road (former Nevada State Route 486) at an elevation of 7,000 feet (2,100 m) within the northern section of the Schell Creek Range. The park features a 32-acre (13 ha) reservoir for fishing and flat-wake boating.[3]


The Cave Creek Dam which created Cave Lake was constructed in 1932. The facility was purchased by the Nevada Department of Wildlife in 1971 for $10. Two years later it was transferred to Nevada State Parks.[4] The park saw an increase in size of 2,980 acres (1,210 ha) in 2015 with the completion of a land transfer from the U.S. Forest Service.[5]

Activities and amenities[edit]

The park is popular for brown and rainbow trout fishing, ice fishing, crawdadding, camping, and picnicking. Hiking is offered on four developed trails, three to five miles in length. For overnight stays, the park offers a yurt and two designated campgrounds, Elk Flat and Lake View, with modern facilities. Winter activities include ice fishing, ice skating, cross-country skiing, and snowmobiling.[3] Winter fireworks and an ice and snow sculpture contest are featured during the annual White Pine Fire and Ice Show which takes place in January.[6]

View from the Overlook Trail


  1. ^ a b "Cave Lake State Park". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey. 
  2. ^ "Chapter 5: Inventory" (PDF). Nevada 2005 State Recreational Trails Plan. Nevada Division of State Parks, Planning and Development Section. p. 55. Retrieved December 15, 2016. 
  3. ^ a b "Cave Lake State Park". Nevada State Parks. Department of Conservation and Natural Resources. Retrieved December 15, 2016. 
  4. ^ "The history of Cave Lake State Park". Elko Daily Free Press. Elko, Nev. January 14, 2010. Retrieved December 15, 2016. 
  5. ^ Brean, Henry (October 9, 2015). "Nevada's Cave Lake State Park nearly triples in size". Las Vegas Review-Journal. Las Vegas, Nev. Retrieved December 15, 2016. 
  6. ^ "Sculpture Competition". White Pine County Tourism and Recreation Board. Retrieved December 15, 2016. 

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