Cave Lake State Park
Ely, Nevada 89315
State Park Overview:
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.
Type: Open water paddling (kayaking/canoeing)
The 32-acre reservoir at Cave Lake State Park sits amid the Schell Creek Range at an elevation of 7,300’ — a serene and majestic area for paddling. The year-round park offers a 32-acre reservoir for exploring.
Difficulty: All levels
Getting There: Drive 8 miles south of Ely on U.S. 93. Turn onto Success Summit Rd. (NV 486). Continue east for 7 miles to the park.
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