When it comes to Nevada lakes, Lake Mead and Lake Tahoe always seem to be the first to come to mind, but there’s an underrated lake in Nevada that will take your breath away.

Pyramid Lake, located 35 miles northeast of Reno, is one of the state’s largest natural lakes, covering 125,000 acres. The saltwater lake is a remnant of the ancient Lake Lahontan, which once covered most of Nevada.

Discovered in 1844 and once inhabited by 19th-century Paiute, the lake is fed by the Truckee River from its southern end. It’s currently owned and managed by the Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe; the tribal tales surrounding it only add to its mystique and beauty.

For more information on this underrated lake and its rich history, stop by the Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe Museum and Visitor Center. Pyramid Lake is truly beautiful and will surely take your breath away.

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