Pyramid Lake is one of the most fascinating lakes in the entire state of Nevada, due in no small part to its incredible past. The enormous saltwater lake is the largest remaining remnant of ancient Lake Lahontan, a colossal inland sea that covered most of the region at the end of the last ice age. In later years, Pyramid Lake became a sacred place to the Pauite Tribe. As a result, the lake’s history is intricately tied to these early inhabitants. Settlers, pioneers, entrepreneurs and recreation seekers would follow, but through it all, the native Pyramid Lake Paiute tribe has protected the lake as a sacred place.
It is estimated that the lake’s earliest Paiute inhabitants settled there nine or 10 thousand years ago. They maintained a peaceful existence on the shores of Pyramid Lake, fishing its plentiful waters for the Lahontan cutthroat throat and other native species. Fishing would eventually become a business venture on the lake, following the initial influx of white settlers into the region. Tons upon tons of trout were harvested for shipment across the nation. In the 1920s and 1930s, Hollywood celebrities like Clark Gable were drawn to Pyramid Lake for its enormous cutthroats, but a mere decade later, the fish were all but gone. Restocking began in earnest, and today the lake is a popular fishing destination once more. Water sport enthusiasts and history buffs are also drawn to Pyramid Lake, an ancient body of water that has played host to visitors of all kinds for thousands of years.