It may be a high desert state, but Nevada is still home to hundreds upon hundreds of lakes, ponds, reservoirs, streams and rivers. Altogether, the Silver State boasts nearly 400,000 surface acres of water. And that means impressive fishing no matter what end of the state you happen to be exploring.
The Ruby Mountains are flush with wildlife, mountain scenery, lakes, streams and valleys.
Lake Tahoe Nevada State Park offers a number of different areas for visitors to enjoy.
For year-round outdoor adventure, the Lake Mead National Recreation Area in southern Nevada can’t be beat. Both water and land lovers will find things to do and places to visit in the 1.5 million acre recreation area, which is the first of its kind to be established by a congressional act. Both Lake Mead, which is formed by Hoover Dam, and Lake Mohave, formed by Davis Dam, can be found at Lake Mead National Recreation Area.
The Lamoille Canyon Scenic Byway follows a U-shaped, sheerwalled canyon flush with summer wildflowers and spectacular colors in the fall. Campgrounds and picnic areas are available. At the top are restrooms and trails leading to the backcountry. Fishing, biking, and snowmobiling are some of the more popular activities in the area.
One of the most fascinating lakes in Nevada shimmers like a mirage out of the stark surrounding desert landscape, with its defining pyramid-shaped island rising dramatically out of the water. The unusual saltwater lake known as Pyramid Lake is named for its notable rock formation, which sits just off the eastern shore.
Pyramid Lake is a remnant of the ancient Lake Lahontan and is entirely enclosed today on the Paiute Indian Reservation. A geographical coincidence preserved this segment of Lake Lahontan, which today measures roughly 15 miles by 11 miles with a depth of 350 feet.