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Nevada's Fire and Ice Show

Ice-skaters, anglers, and even bowlers come to Cave Lake State Park in the winter months.

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Boys set up tenpins for ice bowling at Nevada's Cave Lake State Park.


Cave Lake, a small reservoir and state park in eastern Nevada’s Schell Creek Range, gets so cold at times that the lake water can freeze 20 inches deep. That’s when ice-skaters and anglers arrive. The campground stays open all winter; hot showers operate until outdoor temperatures drop to 10 degrees below zero.

Years ago, Park Supervisor Steve Gray launched the White Pine Fire and Ice Show, held each January. The “Ice” lures a dozen or so carvers who create zany sculptures in hopes of a $1,000 prize. “Fire” means bonfires that flicker on the lake and fireworks that brighten the skies. Gray clears two big spaces on the ice, one for a rink, another for bowling lanes.

“Imagine people bowling on ice,” he says. “They can fall really hard.” His tip? Spiked golf shoes. (800) 496-9350,

Photography courtesy of White Pine County Tourism & Recreation


This article was first published in January 2013. Some facts may have aged gracelessly. Please call ahead to verify information.