Nevada Day-Tripper: Pyramid Lake Marina (west side)

Goofing around, Kizzie the Dachshund , and the colors of Pyramid Lake, who said a Late windy afternoon at Pyramid Lake Marina can’t be fun.

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Pyramid Lake-West (Canon EOS 5D markiii; Canon 85mm; F/5.6; 1/2500; ISO 200)

One of the ways I like to discover places, is just by getting a sense as to where that someplace may be, and then following a road to get there.

Today,  that’s just what we did, my son and I.  We headed in what we thought was the direction to the Pyramid Lake Marina, it was a long road east of Sparks, after what seemed like ‘almost too long,’ we found a sign with an arrow pointing the way down to the Marina.

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Pyramid Lake -west (Canon EOS 5D mark iii; Canon 85mm; F/5.6; 1/1000; ISO 100)

Kizzie loves riding in the car, and the best part about taking her, ‘she doesn’t drool, bark or barf,’ a real sweet pup, all we had to do was let her run, and off she went to the water.  All my son had to say was, ‘Bye Kizzie,’ and she would run right back to use.

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Pyramid Lake-west (Canon EOS 5D mark iii; Canon 85mm; F/5.6; 1/1000; ISO 200)

Pyramid Lake covers 125,000 acres, making it one of the largest natural lakes in Northern Nevada.  It is also the biggest remnant of ancient Lake Lahontan, a colossal inland sea that used to cover most of Nevada.

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Pyramid Lake – west (Canon EOS 5D mark iii; Canon 85mm; F/5.6; 1/2000; ISO 200)

The color of the lake changes from shades of blue to grey depending on the sky.

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Pyramid Lake – west (Canon EOS 5D mark iii; Canon 85mm; F/5.6; 1/2000; ISO 200)
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Pyramid Lake -west (Canon EOS 5D mark iii; Canon 85mm; F/5.6; 1/3200; ISO 200)
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Pyramid Lake-west (Canon EOS 5D mark iii; Canon 85mm; F/5.6; 1/2000; ISO 100)

Though we didn’t drive the paved road to the other side of the lake where there are unusual rock formation, we did find some interesting rock formations near the Marina.  One in particular resembled a facial profile, though my son ‘didn’t see what I saw,’  here it is  my dear reader, what do you think?

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Pyramid Lake -west (Canon EOS 5D mark iii; Canon 85mm; F/5.6; 1/1000; ISO 100)
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Pyramid Lake -west (Canon EOS 5D mark iii; Canon 85mm; F/5.6; 1/1250; ISO 100)

Most people love coming to Pyramid Lake to fish, paddleboat, camp, mountain bike and hike.

The water is so clear, and there are unique rocks with varied colors ranging from deep purple, blue to dark and light pink.

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Pyramid Lake -west (Canon EOS 5D mark iii; Canon 85mm; F/5.6; 1/1250; ISO 200)
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Pyramid Lake -west (Canon EOS 5D mark iii; Canon 85mm; F/5.6; 1/400; ISO 100)

There is an area that is closed to the public:  the access road (Tribal route #50 to and the area near the Pyramid on the East side of the lake, as this is the Tribe’s sacred land.   

The closure only applies to the access road (Tribal Route #5), all the other areas open to the public on the reservation can still be accessed with appropriate Tribal Permits.

Be aware, that if you are caught in that area you will be cited for trespass.    For more information about the Pyramid Lake Tribal Regulations, go here: www.pyramidlake.us or call 775-476-1155.

How to get there

from Sparks Nevada,

Take the Pyramid Highway (445) and travel west for 33 miles; turn RIGHT on Sutcliffe Dr; take a slight LEFT onto N Lakeview Dr; follow the signs.

What was in my Bag:  Canon EOS 5D mark iii; Canon 85mm, F/1.8

Until next time …

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