Magazine article Sunset

Pyramid Lake Discoveries

Magazine article Sunset

Pyramid Lake Discoveries

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* Looking out over Pyramid Lake, north of Reno, you can imagine the excitement Captain John Fremont's expedition must have felt in 1844 when it discovered a vast body of water that "broke upon our eyes like an ocean." In the desolate and dry sage lands, this deep blue lake stretches for 27 miles--a pleasant anomaly.

Little has changed here since Fremont's day. A prehistoric sucker fish, the cui-ui, still swims here, and the lands are still populated by the Paiutes. The lake abounds, as ever, with trout (trout season runs October 1 to June 30).

Each fall, Pyramid Lake is the temporary home to thousands of migrating birds. More than 200 species can be found here, making the lake a magnet for bird-watchers. One birding hot spot is the Truckee River delta, a fine place to begin your own Pyramid Lake discoveries. To get there from Interstate 80, take State 447 north to State 446 and the lake's south end.

From the delta, drive north on State 446 along the west shore and soak up the view--this immense body of water takes on a different shade of blue with each shift of wind and light. …

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