Type: Whitewater Rafting & Kayaking
The Truckee River sparkles along a 140-mile route from Lake Tahoe to Pyramid Lake.
Distance: Distance varies depending on launch site but typical runs range anywhere from 8-15 miles.
Difficulty: All levels, Class I, II, III
Getting There: The Truckee River runs parallel to I-80 and contains many different launch spots. Some of the more popular put-ins are 18 miles west of Reno at the Farad exit, 10 miles west of Reno in Verdi and various locations to the east.
From its beginnings in the Sierra Nevada to the last of its 110-mile run in the northern Nevada desert, the Truckee River is no slouch when it comes to producing monster-sized trout. The western section of the Truckee runs from Lake Tahoe to Reno and its locale in the Sierra makes it fast and cold until it gets to the urban area. From there, the eastern portion of the river spreads out among cottonwoods and sagebrush, depositing into Pyramid Lake.