On the east shore of Lake Tahoe at Pyramid Lake you will find Cave Rock, the eroded remnants of a volcano that once spilled lava into the Lake Tahoe Basin. Today you can enjoy kayaking, stand-up paddle boating, mountain biking, hiking and fishing at this site. As one of the largest natural lakes in Nevada, Pyramid Lake covers 125,000 acres and is part of the National Scenic Byway.
Fishing at Cave Rock, Pyramid Lake
Cave Rock at Pyramid Lake has received fame due to its world class fishery. Celebrities, foreign royalty and a U.S. President have fished here hoping to bring home the prized catch. This is the only habitat in the world where you will find Cui-ui fish that have been around for approximately two million years. You will also find the famous Lohanton Cutthroat Trout that lures anglers from around the world because of their record sizes.
Whitewater rafting adventure tours are available at the nearby Truckee River. Here you can take a 7-mile guided rafting tour for three and a half hours. Before taking off you will be provided with life jackets, paddles and a safety talk, and refreshments will also be served. It is recommended that you make reservations as tours fill up quickly. You must either pay in advance with a credit card or a personal check if it is received more than 21 days before your planned tour.
Hiking the Lake Tahoe Basin
One of the premier trails is the Tahoe Rim Trail, where visitors can enjoy hiking, mountain biking and horseback riding. Even if you are only planning to take a short hike, it is important to be prepared with the proper clothing and equipment, as weather conditions can change unexpectedly. You are allowed to bring your dog on this trail but it must be on a leash to keep wildlife impact to a minimum and from disturbing other visitors. This trail is usually open from mid-June until late October, depending on snowfall.
Hiking in Wilderness Areas
Wilderness areas are special places where special behavior is expected from its visitors. Travel is limited to hikers and pack animals and mountain bikes are not allowed. With its breathtaking views and quiet solitude, Desolation Wilderness is the most used area per acre in the United States. It has 63,475 acres of forests, granite peaks and glacial lakes and valleys. You will need a wilderness permit to hike here, available from the trail heads. Campfires are prohibited at all times.
Diving at Cave Rock, Pyramid Lake
Cave Rock is a year round site for divers of all abilities. You will discover sunken trees and an artificial reef with a depth of 30 feet. The bottom of the lake is composed of sand and large scattered rocks with a visibility range from 60-70 feet. Divers are required to tow a diver’s flag by law and you will be issued a citation without one. You will need to watch out for boats as this area is also a boat launch.