Pyramid Lake

Rich in culture, scenic views and things to do.

As one of the largest remnants of the Ancient Lake Lahontan, Pyramid Lake covers 125,000 acres, making it one of the largest natural lakes in the state of Nevada. Part of what makes the Lake so unique, are the unusual rock formations that surround it, but the Lake isn’t just a geological wonder, it’s also a haven for rare wildlife and unmatched recreational activity.

Today, Pyramid Lake is part of the National Scenic Byways Program and the only byway in the country located entirely within a tribal reservation. Visitors can get a sense of Pyramid Lake’s importance to the Tribe with a trip to the Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe Museum and Visitors Center. The multi-purpose museum features several exhibits and displays that illustrate the Tribe’s culture and history, the natural history of Pyramid Lake and why the Paiute people hold it as a cultural touchstone.

Other exhibits are dedicated to the many creatures that make Pyramid Lake their home, including the ancient Cui-ui fish and the world-famous Lahontan cutthroat trout. With world-class fishing and other outdoor activities like kayaking, stand-up paddleboarding, mountain biking and hiking, there is no match for the natural serenity and opportunity that awaits visitors at Pyramid Lake.

In 2010, First Lady Michelle Obama designated Pyramid Lake as the first Preserve America Tribal Community in Nevada. Preserve America is a federal initiative that encourages and supports community efforts to preserve and enjoy priceless cultural and natural heritage. Widely acclaimed as North America’s most beautiful desert lake, it’s actually the world-class fishery that has brought Pyramid Lake worldwide fame. Pyramid Lake is the only habitat in the world for the Cui-ui fish, a species native to the Lake for over 2 million years, and is also home to the famous Lahontan Cutthroat Trout, a species that grows to record sizes and has lured fishermen from around the world. For years, celebrities, foreign royalty and even a US President have fished the lake in hopes of catching the trophy fish only found in Pyramid Lake.

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