|Cave Lake State Park. Image courtesy of Department of Conservation and Natural Resources|
Fans of the Recreational Boating & Fishing Foundation’s Take Me Fishing campaign took to Facebook this summer to participate in Nature’s Waterpark Showdown. Each fan was invited to help determine the top eight natural “waterparks,” or state parks, for boating and fishing in America. They could also enter for a chance to win the grand prize: a vacation to a state park for a family of four. Twenty-four pre-determined watering holes were put to the test and, after eight weeks of voting, the fans have spoken.
Nevada’s Cave Lake State Park made the cut and was voted one of the top eight state parks in America by Take Me Fishing Facebook fans based on fishing, boating, and family fun.
The winning parks include:
• Blue Spring State Park, Florida
• Cave Lake State Park, Nevada
• El Dorado State Park, Kansas
• Fall Creek Falls State Park, Tennessee
• Itasca State Park, Minnesota
• Lake Murray State Park, Oklahoma
• Presque Isle State Park, Pennsylvania
• Wellington State Park, New Hampshire
Cave Lake State Park is a year-round park that offers outstanding recreational opportunities. It features a 32-acre reservoir and provides excellent trout fishing, boating, swimming, hiking, camping, and picnicking The 4,500-acre park is at an elevation of 7,300 feet in the Schell Creek Range adjacent to the Humboldt National Forest. Winter activities include ice-skating, ice-fishing, and cross-country skiing. The park is eight miles south of Ely on U.S. 93, turning onto Success Summit road (State Route 486) and continuing east for seven miles.
“We regularly stock Cave Lake with rainbow trout in addition to the native brown trout available, which provides excellent opportunity for anglers,” says Nevada Department of Wildlife fisheries biologist Chris Crookshanks. “Fishing is excellent from the shore, as well as from boats, and crawdadding is also permitted.”
To view the Nature’s Waterpark Showdown winners, visit the Take Me Fishing Facebook page. The parks showcased in the campaign are just a fraction of the many outdoor recreation spots available throughout the nation. For more information, visit TakeMeFishing.org.
For information on more parks in Nevada's Pony Express Territory, go here.