PYRAMID LAKE & THE WILDLIFE
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 Stone Mother. Pyramid Lake’s significant role in the history of the Paiute Indian tribe also adds to its mystique and the many myths and tales surrounding it.
Pyramid Lake is 33 miles northeast of Sparks via Nevada Route 445 (Pyramid Way); 16 miles north of I-80 at Wadsworth via Nevada Route 447.
Most recreational activities take place along Pyramid Lake's west shore. This is where you will find areas designated for camping, fishing, boating, swimming, and sunbathing. For sightseeing, bird watching, and taking photographs of the phenomenal scenery, additional locations on the Lake's east side are accessible via unpaved roads. It is here, just off the west shore near Red Bay, where you can get a close look at the pyramid-shaped rock formation that inspired explorer John C. Fremont to give it the name, Pyramid Lake.
The larger and neighboring island is Anaho Island which is a National Wildlife Refuge. A large colony of American White Pelicans habitats the islands well as other species such as California gulls, Caspian terns, Great Blue Herons, and snowy egrets. Boaters are prohibited from landing on Anaho Island and must not come within 500 feet of the shore.