Improvements to Cave and Comins lakes continue | Outside

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RENO – The Nevada Department of Wildlife, along with Ely’s volunteers, spent much of 2021 improving lake access and boating at Comins Lake.

Upgrades include a concrete boat launch and a sled dock; shade structures, picnic tables and bins; a newly leveled gravel road and parking for cars, trucks and boat trailers; stormwater retention ponds to help control lake siltation; and the installation of an electrical power supply for the lighting of the parking lot near the launching ramp.

About 20 volunteers devoted more than 500 hours to manual labor and the use of heavy equipment donated by several local businesses.

“NDOW would like to thank Fred Ahlvers, Jon Almberg, John Giesler, Michael Lemich, Mark Lowrie, Rick Makley, Steve Marquez, Andy McVicars, Angie McVicars, Houston McVicars, Hunter McVicars, Mitch McVicars, William Miller, Joseph Pintar, Paul Podborny, Raymond Sandoval, Todd Seefeld, Jeramie Williams and Justin Williams for all the time and hard work that made this project such a huge success, ”the agency said.

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Companies based in Ely and surrounding areas contributed heavy equipment and cash donations which totaled over $ 100,000 for the project. NDOW thanked Gust Electric Inc., JCR Development LLC, Komatsu America Corp., Wheeler Machinery Co., Q&D Construction LLC and Reck Brothers LLC for their donations of nearly $ 80,000 in equipment and services.

“NDOW would also like to thank Sportsworld, Bath Lumber Co., Robinson Nevada Mining Co., CoBank, Mt. Wheeler Power Inc., GRP Pan LLC and KG Mining (Bald Mountain) Inc. project.”

Due to problems with the Cave Lake dam requiring reconstruction, NDOW is draining this lake for work. By draining it, the work can be completed in one year instead of two to three years, as initially planned, and make the site much safer for the contractor, which is a priority. All the drained water is sent to Lake Comins to raise the water level there, which has been affected by a severe drought.

While the lake is draining, NDOW, with help from Nevada State Parks, retrieved Cave Lake trout that were taken to Comins Lake. The fish, mostly brown trout with a few rainbows and varying in size from 8 inches to 6 or 7 pounds, were released into Lake Comins to increase this fishing.

Once the new dam is in place and water levels are restored, NDOW will replant rainbow and brown trout in the lake.

NDOW said the possibility of adding tiger trout and / or smallmouth bass is being explored to provide Nevada fishermen with more fishing opportunities and to make Cave Lake even better and safer than. never.

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