Pyramid Lake is the largest remnant of ancient Lake Lahontan that covered much of northwestern Nevada. Located thirty five miles northeast of Reno the lake is in a remote desert region.

After the drive through the desert you are rewarded by a spectacular view of the lake. In 1925 a Paiute named Johnny Skimmerhorn caught the world's record cutthroat here; a 41-pounder.

Today fishing is still popular but be sure you follow all the regulations and get a tribal permit. In Sutcliffe, you'll find the Pyramid Lake Marina, with a visitor center and museum, as well as stores and services. Pyramid lake an interesting day trip from trip form Reno.

Many of the roads around the lake are dirt and sand. Its a good idea to avoid these unless you have four wheel drive. The
Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe operates several hatcheries around the lake and may give tours during season.

Pyramid Lake is not lake Tahoe so bring plenty of drinking water, food and your camera. The drive to the lake is through high desert scrub and at the top of each hill you will be wondering where the lake is . Finally the view of the lake is in front of you and you know the trip was worth taking. Plan on spending a full day visiting Pyramid Lake.
Pelican Island, Pyramid Lake
Pyramid Lake
The Pyramid Lake Museum and Visitor Center provides visitors with information about Pyramid Lake recreation. You can purchase camping, boating and fishing permits and daily use permits (required) at the center.

The Museum also displays information about tribal history and culture of the Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe.

Pyramid Lake Museum and Visitor Center 709 State Street Nixon, NV 89424 Phone: (775) 574-1088 Cutthroat Trout Season at is from October 1 through June 30. There are several fishing guide services that offer guided fishing tours that included boat, permits and all fishing equipment needed.

Pyramid Lake is 33 miles northeast of Sparks via Nevada Route 445 (Pyramid Way); 16 miles north of I-80 at Wadsworth via Nevada Route 447. Time To Allow: 2 hours – Full Day. Ranger Station 2500 Lakeview Dr Sutcliffe, NV. 89510 775-476-1155
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