Cave Lake State Park is an 1190-acre landscape predominantly occupied by a lake of the same name. Popular for things such as fishing, hiking, camping, and cycling, Cave Lake State Park provides a great all around experience. If you are looking to have a getaway, Cave Lake State Park offers some wonderful camping opportunities with two distinct campgrounds: Elk Flat and Lake View.
Every unit in either of these sites comes complete with a firepit & grill, picnic table, and adjacent parking spot. Shower and bathroom facilities are free for either site. Both Elk Flat and Lake View are not available for reservation strictly speaking, although a couple of the larger group sites can be saved for special occasions. For more information, contact the Cave Lake park ranger on duty.
Dogs are allowed on both campgrounds, provided they stay leashed up at all times. For some, the epitome of summer is when they get to put their canine companion in the back seat, load up their fishing gear, and have a day at the lake. If this describes you, Cave Lake State Park has precisely what you're looking for. Fishing is permitted 24 hours a day provided you come with the proper fishing licenses.
In addition to the massive Cave Lake, there are also several small park streams that offer excellent fishing. Dogs are free to walk around the shoreline with you, provided they stay leashed up throughout the day. The Cave Lake State Park offers 10 miles of hiking trails here, and all of them will offer you a unique experience. While about three miles of these trails are paved and get regular attention, there are longer "wild" trails that are much more challenging.
When visiting Cave Lake State Park, make sure that if you are looking to take your dog on a bit of a journey, you do your homework first. Pick your trails carefully, and bring plenty of water. As these trails are relatively untouched, it is essential to bring doggie bags to take care of any business your canine may leave behind.