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White Pine County

Great Basin mountains with trees in fall colorsOn Nevada’s eastern border, White Pine County is bordered by Elko County to the north, Lincoln and Nye Counties to the south, Eureka County to the west and the state of Utah to the east. With a diverse landscape, which includes 8,877 square miles of mountains, lakes, caves, campgrounds, foothills, valleys, rangeland and desert, it is no understatement that White Pine’s county slogan reads “in the middle of everywhere.”

White Pine’s rural landscape is the perfect backdrop for the county’s half-dozen towns and census-designated places that put an emphasis on community. Through its outdoor recreational activity, rich history, seasonal and annual events, veteran appreciation, museums, fine arts and involved school district, White Pine remains a place proud to be called home. With its variety in destination, the county is also a place to which many tourists can travel to get away.

All throughout the year in White Pine, community events draw locals and surrounding enthusiasts to the center of the county and around. At Cave Lake State Park, between Ely and Great Basin National Park, summer and winter months are packed with activities. As detailed on the Cave Lake State Park website, in the summer, the water is primed for boating and fishing, with 32-acres of reservoir and a stock of rainbow trout and German brown trout. At Cave Lake, White Pine residents and visitors swim, hike, camp and mountain bike. According to the website, “once winter arrives, guests of the park can enjoy ice fishing, skating, snowmobiling and cross-country skiing. The park is also home to abundant and diverse wildlife.”

In addition to these year-round activities and amenities, annual events like the Rotary Club Ice Fishing Derby, the Fire and Ice Winter Festival and the Take it to the Lake Half Marathon showcase the White Pine community. The Ice Fishing Derby is a friendly outdoor gathering in January where folks celebrate their love for fishing. Likewise in the winter, the unique Fire and Ice Winter Festival is a 3-day festival with an ice sculpting competition followed by a fireworks train and the burning of the sculptures. Other competitions include bowling and ice horseshoes, and extend to indoor competitions as well, with bowling, darts, and billiards. Videos of Ely’s Fire and Ice Winter Festival are available on Visit Ely Nevada’s YouTube Channel, where event trailers showcase the variety of all the competitions, and footage of the final ceremonies can be viewed, where at least a thousand folks gather at night around the bonfire for cheer.

White Pine County Community Assets Survey

This survey is one component of the broader Nevada Economic Assessment Project. The project compiles socioeconomic baseline data for every county in Nevada for the purpose of assisting local governments in land-use project planning, grant-writing and policy assessment. Data is compiled from sources such as U.S. Census Data and the Bureau of Economic Analysis to show economic trends and opportunities. However, we also need information gathered from community residents themselves. This survey is designed to gather your valuable input about what are the strengths (i.e., assets) in your community.

White Pine County NEAP

County Engagement
Dec. 9, 2020 Introduction to NEAP Ely
Dec. 11, 2020 Community Asset Mapping Virtual
Technical Reports
Socioeconomic Baseline Report: White Pine County, Nevada
Fact Sheets
Demographic Characteristics for White Pine County, Nevada
Economic Characteristics for White Pine County, Nevada
Land Use and Fiscal Characteristics for White Pine County, Nevada
NAICS Top Performers for White Pine County, Nevada
Social Characteristics for White Pine County, Nevada
Current Articles
Surveys
White Pine County: Community Asset Survey

Special Thanks

The NEAP team would like to give our thanks to following members of the White Pine County Community who have assisted us in this process.

  • White Pine County Commission
  • City of Ely
  • Great Basin National Park Staff
  • Residents of White Pine County

Meet the NEAP team

Buddy Borden
Program Leader & Contact
Thomas Harris
Program Leader & Contact
Joseph Lednicky
Program Leader & Contact
Marlene Rebori
Program Leader & Contact

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