How a Pyramid Connects to a Lake!

Pyramid Lake NV

June 2022

"Into a gradual calm, the breezes sink, A blue rim borders all the lake's still brink."

William Wordsworth

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Does a Pyramid Remind You of a Lake?

Think of a pyramid. Does it bring to mind a stark, desolate landscape? A sandy desert all around, with not much more in sight?

How can two pyramids in a flat sandy desert can remind us of a lake?Where's the Lake?

Now let's imagine letting water into the picture.

Pyramids surrounded by water.

Or rather - a pyramid, in the midst of water.

pyramids lined up surrounded by water

How about a pyramid in a lake? How is that, you wonder! Let's find out, as it's in Northwest Nevada.

Let's go there!

Pyramid Lake in Nevada

With this overhead view of the lake, it surely does have a look of desolation.

But if you visit you'll find it's in tribal lands of the Paiute People. And with a lakeshore view you'll see that small island, that you can barely notice in this photo, way out there.

Naming Pyramid Lake in Nevada

With a closer view, you'll see that island's formation is pyramid shaped. The lake was named for this unique aggregation surrounded by the lake's waters.

It can be a lonely place. It's not overwhelmingly traveled, though people who get there love it.

Strict regulations are enforced by Paiute Rangers. The Lake is important to the traditions of the Paiute people through the ages.

The waters are unique for its fishing of Pyramid Lake's Lohantan Cutthroat Trout, which are huge. Certain areas are closed to the general public.

vintage look at strange formations in lake watersVintage View of the Lake's Pyramid
Plus Other Formations

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Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe Visitor Center

The Visitor Center has an excellent museum display explaining the lake's significance in the tribe's history. Very much worth stopping for a tour.

You'll approach the Pyramid Lake area, off of I-80, onto Hwy.447N. Then enter the village of Nixon. This is the location of the Visitor Center, as well as the Paiute Pyramid Lake tribal government.

Note the Truckee River sometimes is in sight of Hwy.447, which crosses over it adjacent to Nixon. Pyramid Lake is the source waters of the Truckee River. 

Around the lake, there is camping, swimming, fishing and boating.

Fees and/or Pyramid Lake Permits are required for activities, though. Be sure to check that out. 

Pyramid Lake Reno - Sparks

Pyramid Lake can also be accessed from Reno Nevada via Hwy.445N from I-80. Depending if you'd rather take the city route from the western side, or the rural route from the south/eastern side, I-80 is your focus to getting there.

But where to stay? If you're camping at the lake, of course get your permit.

But if you're not up to camping, there are Motels or Studios in Reno. If you're bringing the whole family, This Home may suit you well. Or at the more rural end in the Fernley area. Either way, you'll find one to your liking, we believe!

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Lake Joke of the Month!

  • Why did the nature photographer throw his tripod into the lake?
  1. One of the legs was loose & he just couldn't stand it anymore.
Woman driving a boat while laughing at a lake joke.Oh, ha, ha, ha!

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Some Lakeside Observations

June 20th, Monday, is American Eagle Day - Which commemorates the date in 1782, when the Bald Eagle was added to the official Seal of the US.

Southwestern lakes are fantastic places to view Bald Eagles. Because they love lakes! Why? They're a great place for them to dive for fish. Spotting them with their "eagle-eyes"!

Bald eagle perched on a light-post aside a lake.

Overlooking Roosevelt Lake in Arizona.Roosevelt Lake in Arizona

Spots around Roosevelt Lake in Arizona even close off areas when Bald Eagles begin their nesting.

That's just one prime example of the opportunity for viewing Bald Eagles in the Southwestern states!

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