NOTICE: Lake access closed for Cave Creek dam restoration project
Lake access at Cave Lake State Park temporarily closed for Cave Creek dam restoration project
Ely, Nev. – The Nevada Division of State Parks announced today that lake access at Cave Lake State Park will be temporarily closed to the public as construction gets underway to restore Cave Creek Dam. After extensive analysis, project engineers determined that temporarily draining Cave Lake is a critical and necessary step to restore Cave Creek dam, and will ultimately speed up the project timeline while providing visitors safer and improved access to the lake..
Please be advised that while the campgrounds remain open, access to the lake will remain closed due to unsafe shoreline conditions and other safety concerns, until the project is complete.
Before and during the controlled draw-down of Cave Lake, the Nevada Department of Wildlife (NDOW) will relocate the lake’s fish to Comins Lake where the Rotary Club of Ely’s Annual Ice Fishing Derby will be held in February 2022.
Upon completion of the restoration project, the water level will return to its normal surface level, and visitors will be able to resume access to the lake and enjoy an abundance of activities, including ice fishing during winter months and fishing, kayaking, and swimming in the summer.
In October 2019, the Nevada Department of Wildlife (NDOW), in coordination with the Nevada Division of Water Resources (NDWR) and the Nevada Division of State Parks (NDSP), commenced a rehabilitation project to restore and repair the Cave Creek Dam, located within Cave Lake State Park. Originally constructed in 1932, Cave Creek Dam’s aging infrastructure, coupled with findings from an engineering assessment, indicated that the dam needs repairs and improvements to help accommodate extreme weather and storm events. The Cave Creek Dam rehabilitation project includes enhancing the overall stability of the dam with an expanded spillway, increased stormwater storage capacity, advanced technology, and other necessary long-term improvements.
The Cave Creek Dam restoration project is anticipated to be complete in about 18 months with the lake back to natural levels, depending on water availability and winter snowfall.