Pyramid Lake is located about 50 miles northeast of Reno, Nevada and is designated as one of the first 15 National Scenic Byways in the country.
Pyramid lake occupies 112,000 surface acres inside the reservation boundary and has a shoreline of approximately 125 miles. The lake has no outlet and is a residual body remaining from the prehistoric Great Lake Lahontan water body. The lake is fed primarily by the Truckee River and is famous as a fishery for the Lahontan Cutthroat Trout and Cui-ui, which are on the endangered species list.
The Pyramid Lake Indian Reservation is compromised of 476,728 acres. The Tribal membership are direct descendants of the Northern Paiute people who occupied the vast areas of the Great Basin, but more specifically, the Kooyooe Tukaddu band (named for the unique prehistoric fish found only in Pyramid Lake). Today, the Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe is one of the largest tribes in Nevada.
Pyramid Lake Facts:
*Lake Size: 27 miles long, 4 to 11 miles wide.
* Surface Elevation: 3817 feet above mean sea level ( last updated in 2000 ).
* Surface Area: 117,400 acres or 183 sq miles.
*Maximum Depth of Lake: 356 feet.
*Volume: 23.66 million acre-feet.
*Perimeter: 69 miles.
Air: 86 degrees
Water: 75 degrees
Air: 45 degrees
Water: 43 degrees
*Annual Precipitation: 7 inches
*Lake Turnover: Typically occurs between December & February.
*Blue-Gree Algae (Nodularia Spumigena) Bloom: typically occurs between August & September.
*Fish Species: Lahontan Cutthroat Trout, Sacramento Perch, Tui-Chub, Tahoe Sucker; Cui-ui
*Fish Spawning: Trout spawning occurs April through June in Sutcliffe; Cui-ui spawning occurs April through June in the Truckee River via the fish ladder at the Marble Bluff Dam.
Reservation Size: 476, 728 acres.
*Reservation Communities: Sutcliffe, Nixon, and Wadsworth.
*Reservation Capitol: Nixon, NV.
*Declaration of Reservation: March 23, 1874
Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe
208 Capitol Hill
PO Box 256
Nixon Nevada 89424-0256
Pyramid Lake Scenic Byways Cultural Center
709 State St.
PO Box 256
Nixon, NV 89424
A watery gem amid the arid land,
Walker Lake is a treasure worth discovering.
One of North Americas great desert lakes, it is
home to Lahontan cutthroat Trout, migrating loons,
and the solitude of Nevada's Great Basin.
Walker Lake History
Walker Lake is the remnant of ancient Lake Lahontan which covered much of central and northern Nevada during the last Ice Age. As the climate dried, Lake Lahontan receded and many closed valleys became isolated dry lake beds. The Walker River is one of three major rivers draining the east side of the Sierra Nevada, supporting riparian, wetland and desert lake ecosystems.
Native Americans inhabited the Walker Lake Basin dating back 11,000 years or more. A hunter-gatherer society, the native families traveled in small groups relying upon pine nuts, game and Walker Lake trout.
Great Serpent Seen In Walker Lake
"Goldfield, Nevada...a man named Peters is said to have discovered the serpent some time ago in shallow water near the shore, and on being aroused it disappeared in deep water. There is also said to be legend among the Paiute Indians near Shurz concerning the existence of a great serpent in Walker Lake."
-- The San Francisco Cable, July 1907
Only the loons and trout know if the serpent stories are true!
Pictures taken on December 9-10th, 2005
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