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Cave Lake State Park
Cave Lake from the Overlook Trail
Cave Lake State Park is located in Nevada
Cave Lake State Park
Cave Lake State Park
Location in Nevada
Location White Pine County, Nevada, United States
Nearest city Ely, Nevada
Area 4,081.40 acres (16.5168 km2)
Elevation 7,198 ft (2,194 m)
Designation Nevada state park
Established 1973
Administrator Nevada Division of State Parks
Website Cave Lake State Park

Cave Lake State Park is a public recreation area occupying more than 4,000 acres (1,600 ha) in the Schell Creek Range, adjacent to Humboldt National Forest, in White Pine County, Nevada. The state park is located at an elevation of 7,300 feet (2,200 m) five miles (8.0 km) southeast of Ely and is accessed via U.S. Route 50 and Success Summit Road. It features a 32-acre (13 ha) reservoir for fishing and flat-wake boating.


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. The park saw an increase in size of 2,980 acres (1,210 ha) with the completion of a land transfer from the U.S. Forest Service in 2015.

Activities and amenities

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.

Ely's annual Fire and Ice Festival is held in January at the park, sufficient ice and snow permitting. The event, which began in 2005, features an ice and snow sculpture contest, and concludes with a fireworks show. Bathtub races have also been held at the lake each year since 2010. Both events have been named by the American Bus Association among the top 100 events in North America.

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