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Welcome to Pyramid Lake

Pyramid Lake covers 125,000 acres, making it one of the largest natural lakes in the state of Nevada. Pyramid Lake is also the biggest remnant of ancient Lake Lahontan, the colossal inland sea that once covered most of Nevada. The scenery is spectacular, and the color of Pyramid Lake changes from shades of blue or gray, depending on the skies above. Pyramid Lake is also surrounded by unusual rock formations, including the Pyramid Lake Home Page Photo 1Stone Mother. Pyramid Lake’s significant role in the history of the Paiute Indian tribe also adds to its mystique and many myths and tales surrounding it.

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 the 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 about the tribe’s culture and history, the natural history of Pyramid Lake and why the Paiute people hold it in such esteem.

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. In addition to excellent fishing at Pyramid Lake, other outdoor activities include kayaking, stand up paddleboarding, mountain biking, and hiking.

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 our 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 that has been around for over 2 million years. The Pyramid Lake fishery includes the famous Lohanton Cutthroat Trout that have grown to record sizes and have lured fisherman from around the world over for several decades. Celebrities, foreign royalty, and even a US President have fished the lake in hopes of catching trophy fish at Pyramid Lake.

Fireworks now available for sale and use at Pyramid Lake
Phantom Fireworks can be bought at 1000 Smokeshop Circle, Wadsworth, NV 89442 (just off Exit 43)
and The Nixon Store in Nixon, (50 State Route 447, Nixon, NV 89424, at the corner of SR 446 & SR 447)
For more information about Phantom Fireworks go to
CLICK HERE to download the press release
CLICK HERE to download a map of designated fireworks areas at Pyramid Lake

OCTOBER FISHING SEASON OPEN - permit fee changes are in effect!
CLICK HERE to download new permit requirements that were effect on October 1

Area near the Pyramid CLOSED TO PUBLIC
CLICK HERE to download the press release
CLICK HERE to download a map of the closed area


Upcoming events for summer, 2016

        Fishing, Camping, & Boating Regulations
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