The recreational options at Cave Lake State Park are second to none. The 32-acre reservoir is a great place to go fishing or boating because it has been stocked with rainbow trout and is also home to German brown trout. Swimming, hiking, camping, and mountain riding are among popular summertime pursuits. Visitors to the park in the winter can engage in a variety of activities, including ice fishing, ice skating, snowmobiling, and cross-country skiing. There is a wide variety of species in the park, and there is a lot of it.
Elk Flat Campground and Lake View Campground are two of the approved camping areas near Cave Lake. Each campsite has a level fire pit, barbecue, picnic table, and parking spot. Campsite access roads are typically gravel or dirt. First-come, first-served, camping is restricted to a maximum of seven days within a 30-day period. Although we do not take bookings or hold sites, we do have a limited number of sites that can accommodate small groups and many sites that can fit more than one car at a time. If you need information on overflow camping, please get in touch with the ranger.
Visitors arriving from Highways 93, 50, or 6 will first encounter Elk Flat Campground. The campground is available from the beginning of May until the middle of October (if the weather cooperates). While the campground is open, guests have access to showers and toilets with running water.
The Lake View Campground provides hot showers and flush toilets, and is open all year round. Facilities may close if temperatures drop dangerously low. If you want to visit the park during the winter, you need call ahead.
There is no time limit on fishing, although a fishing license is required (you may get one at ndow.org). German brown trout can be caught by anglers in Cave Lake and the park's streams. Rainbow trout have also been introduced to the lake. Both boat anglers and shore anglers will have a fantastic time. The lake's speed limit for motorized boats is set at 5 mph.
Motorized vehicles are prohibited on all trails. Four developed hiking trails are maintained. An easy, three-mile round trip can be found on the Steptoe Creek Trail. The trail starts at the lower parking lot and crosses the creek and returns via Success Summit Road.
The Cave Springs Trail is five miles of moderately strenuous hiking. It starts at the lower parking lot and meanders throughout the surrounding hills.
The Cave Lake Overlook Trail is a strenuous 4.5 mile loop that starts on the east end of the lake.
The Twisted Pines Trail is the park’s newest addition and connects to the Overlook Trail. This trail is moderate, starting below Elk Flat Campground. It is just over four miles one way and ends on the Overlook Trail loop.
(December through February):
When regular winter conditions occur (December through February), Cave Lake becomes a popular destination for winter sports enthusiasts. On designated dirt routes, snowmobiling is permitted inside the park. Success Summit Road allows unloading of snowmobiles into the nearby National Forest. Snowmobiles are not allowed on the two-lane roads. During the deepest portion of winter, the ice on lakes can reach a thickness of 24 inches. The catch rate for ice fishing is high and it is a popular pastime. Outdoor ice skating takes place at the boat ramp. Snowshoeing and sledding are also common winter pastimes. The majority of the park's roadways are paved and regularly plowed of snow. However, plowing might not happen for a day or two after a major storm passes. If you don't have a four-wheel-drive car, please keep this in mind.
Day use entrance fee: $5.00 per vehicle (Non-NV Vehicles $10.00 per vehicle)
Camping: $15.00 per vehicle, per night (Non-NV Vehicles: $20.00 per vehicle, per night)
Bike in: $2.00 per bike
Hours: Open seven days a week, 365 days a year.