Pyramid Lake Recreation ActivitiesEnjoy Fishing, Camping, Boating, and more
Pyramid Lake is one of the most beautiful desert lakes in the world. It is a remnant of ancient Lake Lahontan, which covered a large area of northwestern Nevada at the end of the last Ice Age (about 12,000 to 15,000 years ago). The water in Pyramid Lake comes from the Truckee River, which flows some 121 miles from its source at Lake Tahoe in the Sierra Nevada. Pyramid Lake is completely within the Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe Reservation.
Recreation Activities at Pyramid Lake
If fishing is your recreation of choice, you have undoubtedly heard of Pyramid Lake and its huge Lahontan cutthroat trout. Other species in the lake include Tahoe sucker, Tui chub, Cui-ui, and Sacramento perch. If you aren't into fishing, other available activities include...
Most areas designated for camping, fishing, boating, swimming, and other activities are along Pyramid Lake's west shore. For sightseeing, bird watching, and photography, some additional spots around on the east side are accessible via unpaved roads. There are areas closed to access, such as around the Pyramid formation. Be sure to check web information, ask when obtaining permits, or ask a ranger on the Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe Reservation before venturing into remote areas.
The large island in the lake is Anaho Island National Wildlife Refuge and access is restricted. A colony of American white pelicans uses the island, as well as other species like California gulls, Caspian terns, great blue herons, and snowy egrets.
Permits Required on the Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe Reservation
Pyramid Lake is a valuable asset managed and regulated by the tribe for its recreational, economic, and natural values. All are welcome to visit and enjoy recreation at Pyramid Lake, but permits are required by those who are not tribal members. Permits can be purchased online and at the Sutcliffe Ranger Station, 2500 Lakeview Drive, Sutcliffe, NV 89510. Basic permit prices are shown here, with more detail on the permit pricing web page. Rangers / tribal police are sworn peace officers and patrol the reservation. Those using the area without a valid permit will be cited. For more information, call (775) 476-1155. Details of rules and regulations are available online from "Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe Regulations Brochure."
Pyramid Lake Use Permits
* - from sunrise to sunset.
10% discounts for seniors (65 and older), military (active, veterans, reserves), and non-PLPT tribal members. Proper IDs required for discount.
Pyramid Lake Fishing Permits
You must purchase a tribal fishing license for Pyramid Lake, but you do not need a State of Nevada fishing license.
Pyramid Lake Seasonal Permits
Seasonal permits are not available at this time.
Two Routes to Pyramid Lake
There are two ways to reach Pyramid Lake from the Reno / Sparks area...
Hazards at Pyramid Lake
Pyramid Lake is not a swimming pool. Like any natural body of water, there are things you need to know about so your visit is both fun and safe. Use caution and common sense when near and in the water and the chances of a mishap are greatly reduced. Pyramid is relatively remote and in a harsh environment - if you get in trouble, help won't be immediate.
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