ELY–Lake access at eastern Nevada’s Cave Lake State Park will be closed for close to 18 months while engineers work to restore and repair the Cave Creek Dam. Nevada State Parks officials said the closure was necessary to speed up the project timeline and ensure safe lake access for visitors.
Campgrounds at the park will remain open during the dam restoration project, but lake access will be closed and the lake will be drained to improve access to the dam.
Officials from several state agencies in 2019 assessed the condition of the Cave Creek Dam, which was built in 1932. They found that in addition to repairing aging infrastructure, the dam needed additional work to improve stability during extreme weather events. When complete, the dam will have an expanded spillway, increased stormwater storage capacity and more advanced technology.
Park officials said they are working with the Nevada Department of Wildlife to relocate Cave Lake’s fish to Comins Lake. Rotary Club of Ely, which traditionally hosts its annual Ice Fishing Derby at Cave Lake, will host its 2022 event at Comins Lake as well.
Source: Nevada State Parks