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USA Parks
Pony Express Region
Cave Lake State Park
P.O. Box 761
Ely, Nevada   89315

Phone: 775-728-4460
Cave Lake State Park


Cave Lake is open year round and is located 15 miles southeast of Ely via U.S. 50/6/93 and Success Summit Road. The 32-acre reservoir at Cave Lake State Park is popular for trout fishing, crawdadding, boating, hiking, picnicking and camping. Perched in the middle of the Schell Creek Range, adjacent to the Humboldt National Forest at an elevation of 7,300 feet, the park offers outstanding scenic views and opportunities for nature study and photography. Facilities include campgrounds, picnic areas, hiking trails and a boat launch. Winter sports such as ice fishing, cross-country skiing and ice skating are also available. Snow sculpting is becoming a popular activity, and the White Pine Fire & Ice Show is the premier winter event in the area.
Nature of the Area
Park weather is highly seasonal with wide variations in temperature. Summertime highs may range from the upper 80's and 90's with lows in the 30's and 40's at night. Wintertime highs are often in the 30's and 40's and nights are often below zero. Extreme lows may reach thirty below zero. Snow is common from early December through early April with several feet on the ground through peak winter months. The remainder of the year is relatively dry, and rain and snow showers are infrequent. However, late afternoon summer thunderstorms are common. Ely, Nevada weather reports are consistent with weather at the park.
Camping: The park offers two designated campgrounds - Elk Flat Campground and Lake View Campground. Extra fees do not apply to tow-in vehicles. All sites are level and include a fire pit with grill, table and parking. Access roads to campsites are unpaved. With the exception of one group site in each campground, camping is on a first come, first serve basis . Fees are charged per vehicle and are payable at fee stations located in the campgrounds. Reservations are accepted for the group camping sites at Lake View and Elk Flat Campgrounds starting January 2nd each year. Please contact a ranger for overflow camping information.

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Several picnic areas can be found along the lake shore. Restrooms, tables, grills and water are available. Fees are charged for each vehicle and are payable at the fee station located at the entrance to the lake area.
Motorized vehicles are prohibited on all trails. Two developed hiking trails areas are maintained. An easy, three-mile round trip can be found on the Steptoe Creek Trail. The trail starts at the parking lot below the dam crossing the creek on a series of foot bridges and returns via Success Summit Road. The Cave Springs Trail, including five miles of moderately strenuous hiking, starts at the lower parking lot and meanders throughout the surrounding hills.
Visitor Comments, Memories and Reviews
Our Family loves loves loves Cave Lake. The Rangers are friendly. The camp sites are immaculate. The bathrooms are clean. The fishing is never disappointing. This is a once a year must for my family.
August 13 Wonderful Get Away! by BradleyStuart
Like entering a different world. Just a beautiful natural resource with a relaxing environment to do a little fishing and let your worries just melt away.
July 9 Grew up
I grew up with my granparents taking me here fishing! Now in my thirties I still drive over 1000 miles (from CA) to take my children once or twice a year! It is beautiful! Love the caves driving in and all the quiet!
April 25 Father and Son Trip by John and son
Wonderful camping experience. I have brought my son here for the last three years. We always catch fish and have a great time. Every time I suggest a trip he is on board with the idea. The sites are great and the staff are always friendly.
October 5 Nice Get Away by White Hawk
Had a great time!! David and I spent a couple of nights in our 1958 Airstream, the maiden trip and decided to try Cave Lake. We will be back to fish and scout out the rest of the area. Great scenery and a relaxing park with plenty of space between camp sites also the facilities are in tip top shape. Ely is a great little town and friendly folks. Enjoy!

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