Virtual Guidebook to Northern and Central Nevada
Pyramid Lake
on the Pyramid Lake Indian Reservation, north of Sparks Nevada


Named by John C. Fremont for the dramatic tufa tower at its south end, this is a magnificent but little-known desert lake. It is huge, almost the size of Lake Tahoe, and belongs entirely to the Pyramid Lake branch of the Piute Indian Tribe. Anoho Island is a wildlife refuge, breeding ground for white pelicans. Huge tufa deposits are found all around the lake, plus hot springs and steam vents at the north end (off-limits to non-Indians).

Camping is allowed all along the west shore and I have spent a number of nights there on my travels across Nevada. More about Pyramid Lake at Wikipedia



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The first view of Pyramid Lake when approaching from the southwest

(August 4, 2011)


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Sunset at Pyramid Lake - one

(June 28, 2007)


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Sunset at Pyramid Lake - six

(June 28, 2007)


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Sunset at Pyramid Lake -eight

(June 28, 2007)


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Sunrise at Pyramid Lake

(June 29, 2007)


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The Paiute tribe's Pyramid Lake Interpretive Center

(August 4, 2011)


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Despite many upstream diversions the Truckee River still flows into Pyramid Lake

(August 4, 2011)


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Mounds of tufa rim the broad empty valley of mostly-dry Winnemucca Lake

(August 4, 2011)


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