Cave Lake State Park is located in an isolated section of Northern Nevada about 20 miles from the town of Ely. The lake is not huge but big enough to hold a population of native brown and stocked rainbow trout. Boats are permitted on the lake but must adhere to speed limit, no jet skis here.

The main pastime at Cave Lake is enjoying nature. If your looking for speed boat action head to Lake Tahoe or Lake Mead. If your planning a visit there are hotels in Ely or two campgrounds at the park Elk Flat Campground and Lake View Campground.

If your visiting for the day there are picnic areas along the lake along with bathrooms and water. There is a per vehicle fee to enter the park which you pay at a kiosk. Rangers do visit the park but do not take entrance money, but may check to see if you have paid.

Camping is on a first-come, first-serve basis, no reservations. Due to the remote location of the park finding a campsite should not be a problem. There is also one Yurt (Mongolian style round tent) that can be rented. Contact park ranger for details.

Most visitors arrive during the spring and summer however Cave Lake State Park is open year round. Popular winter activities include, ice fishing and the annual ice and snow carving contest held each January. Snowmobiling is allowed within the park on dirt roads.
Cave Lake State Park Nevada
Cave Lake State Park Nevada
The weather at cave park runs from pleasant spring, hot summer and downright cold in the winter. December through early april you should expect snow on the ground. Park roads are cleared of snow but four-wheel driver vehicles are recommended during the winter.

The annual White Pine Fire and Ice Festival at Cave Lake Park is one of the busiest times of the year. The contest is Sponsored by White Pine County's Tourism and Recreation Board. Visitors can watch ice sculptors at work, ice skate, enjoy campfires and watch a fireworks display.

Directions to Cave Lake State Park: from Ely take Highway 50 to Highway 486 turnoff then on to the park. About 19 miles.

Park fees $7 entrance fee, discounted to $5 for Nevada residents. Campsites $17.00, first come first serve.
Places to camp near Cave Lake State Park:
Ward Mountain Recreation Area Campground is 26 miles from the Charcoal Kilns and offers 33 campsites. Hiking, mountain biking and horseback riding trails are all nearby the campground. Located 10 miles southwest of Ely, Nevada.

Ely KOA Campground can handle just about any size RV plus has cozy cabins if your driving a vehicle. Pets are always welcome plus the campground offers free cable TV and WiFi. Makes a great base for exploring this historic area of Nevada.

Bird Creek Recreation Area four day-use group picnicking sites and four tent only campsites. Designated ATV and mountain bike trails.

Nearby Cave Lake State Park:

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