Cave Lake State Park begins to manage newly acquired lands

White Pine Fire and Ice Show Sculpture

ELY, Nev.–With the addition of nearly 3,000 acres, changes are coming to eastern Nevada’s Cave Lake State Park.

The passage of the White Pine County Lands Act gave to Nevada 2,960 acres of U. S. Forest Service lands around Cave Lake State Park. As a result, the Nevada Division of State Parks is implementing an interim management plan for the property. A new plan will be created with public input in 2008.

The changes to be implemented immediately are being made to protect resources and better manage recreational opportunities for park visitors. The changes are listed below.

  • Fees will be collected for camping within the new boundaries.
  • Off-highway-vehicle use will continue to be allowed on all dirt roads within the new park boundary as designated by signs. Off-highway-vehicle use will be allowed and limited in the campgrounds to loading and unloading equipment. Use of paved roads with lane dividers must be followed according to state laws.
  • Two camping areas on Success Loop are closed to motorized vehicles and camping because of vegetation and soil damage caused by non-sustainable camping and heavy off-highway-vehicle use. Reclamation has begun at these sites.
  • Trails created by off-highway-vehicle users up Cave Mountain and within the new park boundary will be closed to prevent further vegetation damage and soil erosion.
  • Any dispersed or overflow camping within the new park boundary will be assessed on a case-by-case basis to minimize resource impacts and to gain information for the management planning process.

All other uses previously occurring within the new park boundary will be monitored and assessed as needed with particular attention to open fires, road management and new signs.

For information, please contact Regional Manager Steve Weaver at (775) 728-4467.

Cave Lake State Park is in the middle of the Nevada Schell Creek Range, adjacent to the Humboldt National Forest. The 32-acre reservoir sits at an elevation of 7,300 feet and is popular for trout fishing, craw-dadding, boating, hiking, picnicking and camping. Cave Lake is open year round and is located 15 miles southeast of Ely, Nevada via U.S. 50/6/93 and Success Summit Road. Facilities include campgrounds, picnic areas, hiking trails and a boat launch. Sports such as ice fishing, cross-country skiing and ice skating are available in the winter. Snow sculpting is becoming a popular activity, and the White Pine Fire and Ice Show is the premier winter event in the area. Call (775) 296-0196 for information.


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