Pyramid Lake Reservation
* Nevada, United States of America *
One of Nevada’s stunning natural beauties is “Pyramid Lake” on the Pyramid Lake Reservation that is a remnant of the 890+ feet deep Pleistocene Lake that geologists call “Lake Lahontan”. The lake is fed by the Truckee River after leaving Lake Tahoe upstream and has no outlet except evaporation or sub-surface seepage. The original location was first inhabited by the Paiute tribe in the late 19th century. The lake was then mapped by the explorer John C. Fremont in 1844. 19th century saw two battles fought at the lake. It was re-claimed by the Paiute Tribe in 1936 with completion of their constitution and by-laws. With damages caused by water diversion in 1905 onwards from Derby Dam, the Paiute sued the Department of Interior as by the 1970′s the lake lost 80 feet of depth. The name of the lake comes from the tufa formations that surround the local such as Anaho Island which is home to the largest colony of American White Pelicans. The lake is also home to the Cui-ui Lakesucker, the Tui Chub, and most notably the Lahontan Cutthroat Trout which were of subsistence importance to the Paiute.