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PYRAMID LAKE BIRD DAY MAY 4TH

2368531421_4ed4f8950a_zThe Tribe would like to invite the public to come out and experience Pyramid Lake and celebrate International Migratory Bird Day and the 100th Year Anaho Island National Wildlife Refuge Centennial Celebration. The celebration begins at 10AM on May 4th and ends at 3PM. There will a welcoming and blessing ceremony at the Sutcliff Marina at 10AM with the Tribal Chairman, and opening remarks by the US Fish & Wildlife Service’s Regional Director, Ren Lohoefener. Other activities include birdwatching, boat tours, an Environmental Fair at the Sutcliffe Marina, several cultural activities at the Pyramid Lake Museum in Nixon, and a tour of the Marble Bluff Fish Facility, operated by the USFWS. Tribal food vendors will also be available for refreshments and food. Come enjoy the fun, and experience this unique lake and landscape, and most importantly, come celebrate 100 years of conservation!

For additional information about Pyramid Lake Bird Day, please visit www.pyramidlake.us or call 888.225.2668.

PYRAMID LAKE FISHING SEASON OPENS OCTOBER 1ST

pyramidThe Tribe would like to invite all fisherman to come out and experience Pyramid Lake on the opening day of trout fishing season, Monday, October 1st. Pyramid Lake is widely regarded as one of finest places to catch a Lahontan Cutthroat Trout. It’s not too uncommon to reel in a 15 pounder. The Tribe would like to remind all visitors that day use, camping and other permits are required for all non-tribal members to access the lake. For the fourth year in a row, Tribal permit fees have not increased from last year, and can be purchased online at www.pyramidlake.us. Proceeds from permits help support programs that protect public safety and the unique eco-system of Pyramid Lake year round.

About Pyramid Lake and its People

Pyramid Lake is located about 35 miles Northeast of Reno, Nevada and is the property of and managed by the Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe. Pyramid Lake is known as being North America’s most beautiful desert lake. The lake occupies 112,000 surface acres inside the reservation boundary and has a shoreline of approximately 125 miles. The lake has no outlet and is a residual body remaining from the prehistoric Great Lake Lahontan water body. The lake is fed primarily by the Truckee River and is famous as a fishery for the Lahontan Cutthroat Trout and Cui-ui, which are on the endangered species list. The Pyramid Lake Indian Reservation is comprised of 476,728 acres. The Tribal memberships are direct descendants of the Northern Paiute people who have occupied the vast areas of the Great Basin for thousands of years. Pyramid Lake was designated as one of the first National Scenic Byways in the country and was the first scenic byway entirely on an Indian reservation. For more information about Pyramid Lake or its people please visit the Pyramid Lake Museum and Visitors Center in Nixon or log on to www.pyramidlake.us.

Memorial Day Fun in Reno Tahoe

Memorial Day weekend marks the official kick off to summer in Reno Tahoe, and with it comes three days packed with outdoors adventures, great shopping, big laughs and for the first time, crawling cowboys!

Fun in the Sun

2565692898_db030506ca_zThe temperature is forecast to reach the 80’s by Memorial Day so take full advantage of the warm weather and dive into the many adventures awaiting you in Reno Tahoe. Lace up your hiking boots and discover the countless miles of beautiful trails that surround our area. Cast your line at Pyramid Lake and see if you can hook a world-renown Lahontan Cutthroat Trout. Or, make a big splash with the whole family at the Wild Island Waterpark where everyone will enjoy daring slides, the Bahama Mama River, Montego Bay Wave Pool and much more.

Adventures at Lake Tahoe

Celebrate the 6th annual Opening Day at the Lake with a bike ride on North Lake Tahoe’s paved bike trails, which have been clear of snow and re-opened for summer. Also, enjoy special shopping and dining deals around North Lake Tahoe from Thursday, May 24 through Thursday, May 31.

The fun continues at the Lake where the Hyatt Regency Lake Tahoe Resort Spa and Casino recently opened the Pier 111 Bar, offering creative cocktails, light meals and breath taking views – all on 275 foot floating pier!

Music, Crawls and Laughs

Reno Tahoe is overflowing with events this Memorial Day weekend. From fresh dubstep beats to a comedic great, there is something for everyone. Here’s what’s going down:

Country Crossroads: May 25-27 at John Ascuaga’s Nugget

Get ready for a three day celebration of country music; featuring, free line dancing lessons, western karaoke contest and a star studded lineup of country legends, including:

1_cowboy-crawl-logo-resizedCowboy Crawl: May 26 at Victorian Square in Sparks and John Ascuaga’s Nugget

Cowboy up and mosey on down for a night of saloon hopping with drink specials, live music and boot scootn’ fun in downtown Sparks.

Also this weekend:

Boregore: May 24 at the Knitting Factory

Kix Brooks: May 24 at CommRow

George Lopez: May 25 at Silver Legacy Resort Casino

Slick Rick: May 25 at CommRow

Black Rock City Allstars: May 27 at Edge inside the Peppermill Resort Spa Casino

For a full list of Memorial Day activities in Reno Tahoe, check out our events calendar.

The Perfect Solar Eclipse in Reno Tahoe, May 20

On Sunday May 20th, 2012, a solar eclipse will sweep across East Asia, over the northern Pacific Ocean, and then into the southwestern United States.

Reno and Albuquerque are the only major cities along the shadow’s narrow path – the center of the path sweeps directly through the south shore of Pyramid Lake. Yes, that’s right, one of the best places in the world to view this astronomical event will be right in our backyard!

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In Reno, a free solar eclipse viewing will be offered at UNR:

When: Sunday, May 20, 2012, from 5-7 p.m. (maximum eclipse, 6:28-6:33 p.m.)

Where: MacLean Observatory on the Redfield Campus of the University of Nevada, Reno, 18600 Wedge Parkway in southwest Reno

Out-of-town visitors: The Silver Legacy Resort Casino is offering discount rates for eclipse visitors! Visit this Visitors page for more information.

As you get starry-eyed over this opportunity of a lifetime, don’t forget how dangerous looking directly into the sun can be! For maximum protection, the Planetarium will provide solar viewers for sale in the Science Store. For safe viewing tips, and how to build your own safe-viewing devices, see these resources.

Pyramid Lake Fishing Season Opens October 1

2532233942_3cf5d2a6fd_zThe Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe would like to invite all fishermen to come out and experience Pyramid Lake on opening day, Saturday October 1. Last year Pyramid was named as one of the top public fisheries in the world by Fly Fishing and Tying Journal!

Known for one of the best places to catch the famous Lohanton Cutthroat Trout, Pyramid will keep your luck, lines, and lures busy!

The Tribe would like to remind all visitors to the lake that day use, camping and other permits are required for all non-tribal members to access the lake. Tribal permit fees have not increased from last year and can be purchased online. Proceeds from permits help support programs that protect public safety and the unique eco-system of Pyramid Lake year round.

Finally, the Tribe reminds all fisherman and boaters to do their part to “Stop Aquatic Hitchhikers” by taking preventative measures to keep the waters of Pyramid Lake clean. For additional information or questions about what aquatic invasive species or Pyramid Lake, please log onto www.pyramidlake.us or call the Ranger Station at 775-476-1155.

WHERE ARE YOU SPENDING YOUR 4TH OF JULY?

Sparks Fireworks tower crowdThis year Reno Tahoe USA is hosting some of the top Independence Day events and pyrotechnic displays in the nation. It’s a tough call deciding which of these parties to crash but we’ve tried to make it easy for you to see what each event has to offer.

LAKE TAHOE

July 1-4, the fifth annual Red, White and Tahoe Blue celebration in Incline Village offers the perfect getaway for families. They’ve got a patriotic chalk drawing contest, beer tastings, firecracker trail trek, and even a doggie dress up contest for your pup. Needless to say, if you’re looking for a jam-packed weekend with the fam, look no further – after you finish reading this post, of course.

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We can’t forget about the 70 feet of snowfall last winter quite yet. Both Alpine Meadows and Squaw Valley USA are reopening for the weekend offering discounted tickets and wrapping up the season with huge 4th of July parties. Squaw will also host the famed 21st annual Lake Cushing Crossing on July 3. No one does pond-skimming quite like Squaw Valley. Perhaps it is because men and women in Reno Tahoe are a little more daring, a little more agile and a little better on sticks. Or maybe, it’s because the Cushing Crossing is held on a real pond, rather than a tarp-lined ditch or kiddie pool. We don’t really need a reason; we do it the way we want.

Other local Lake Tahoe events include Tahoe City celebrating 65 years of fireworks at Commons Beach, July 4, and Kings Beach hosting their annual firework display and deck party at the North Tahoe Event Center on July 3.

SPARKS

Experience the biggest 4th of July party in the region, Star Spangled Sparks, at the Sparks Marina. Join thousands to celebrate our freedom at this FREE all day event. Rise bright and early for free hot air balloon rides at 6am and a three dollar all-you-can-eat pancake breakfast. The excitement continues during the day with a fun-run around the Sparks Marina, bounce houses and a ride area for the kids. Later that evening, witness a military flyover moments before the longest and most spectacular pyrotechnic display in the region, you won’t want to miss this 11th annual celebration.

VIRGINIA CITY

Virginia City made the list for the “Top 10 Fourth of July Fireworks 2011.” For us this comes as no surprise as every year thousands journey to the famous, historical city. The event begins with a parade downtown around noon and ends with the Comstock Cowboys performing at dusk along with an extensive fireworks show. The last time Virginia City had this many explosives was back when the city was first discovered as a gold mining jackpot.

PYRAMID LAKE

Do you want to be the party planner? The Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe welcomes all those who want to throw their own 4th of July party. Summer season fireworks are now on sale for use on the Pyramid Lake Indian Reservation in designated areas. Create your own fireworks show over North America’s most beautiful desert lake!

Your Next Getaway: Memorial Day Weekend

FlagMemorial Day is a day to remember and honor those who have died in our nation’s service. Traditionally, Americans pay tribute to the brave men and women with patriotic parades and, of course, the usual barbecue and family camping trip.

As you’ve likely discovered, spring in Northern Nevada can mean working on your tan or running for cover from the snow flurries. Luckily, the weather is turning around just in time for your holiday weekend in Reno Tahoe USA.

If you haven’t gotten around to planning your weekend, we here at Reno Tahoe USA are making it easy for you.

You’re welcome.

Honor Our Country’s Heroes

Head back in time to Virginia City for a Memorial Day parade at noon on Saturday, May 29 down C St., Virginia City’s main drag. The parade celebrates the heroism and sacrifice of those Americans who have died defending our nation. 

The Carson City Memorial Day Service at Lone Mountain Cemetery is on Monday, May 31 at 1 p.m. The cemetery is located at 1044 Beverly Dr., Carson City, Nevada 89706. Call (775) 887-2111 or click here for more information.

Take your family to the Sparks Memorial Park at C Street and Pyramid way that features a bronze statue in remembrance of fallen firefighters and a memorial honoring Sparks residents who died defending our country.

Powning Veterans Memorial Park, in downtown Reno at 150 S. Virginia Street, has a memorial to Nevada service men and women who have died serving our country in the wars in Kuwait, Afghanistan, and Iraq. The park also features a statue of General Jesse Reno, who died in Civil War action and for whom Reno was named.

The Northern Nevada Veterans Memorial Cemetery is in Fernley, about 45 miles east of Reno on Interstate 80. To reach the cemetery from Reno, take I-80 east to exit 48. Turn right and follow the signs to the cemetery.

Outdoor Recreation

Pyramid Lake FamilyIf you’re heading to Pyramid Lake, the Paiute Tribe says you definitely won’t be alone. Only 35 miles northeast of Reno, Pyramid Lake is the perfect daytrip or quick, weekend getaway for the entire family. The Tribe is expecting a large crowd and wants to remind you that day use, camping and other permits are required for all nontribal members’ access to the lake. Pyramid Lake is also widely regarded as a world class fishery and one of finest places to catch a Lohanton Cutthroat Trout. (Can’t you just hear the grill sizzling?)

For more information about fishing and Tribal regulations please click here.

For additional information or questions about permits for Pyramid Lake, please click here or call the Ranger Station at 775-476-1155.

For a complete list of parks, beaches and camping sites click here.

Black Rock Rendezvous

If you choose to detour from the traditional Memorial Day celebration, take part in the First Annual Great Basin Brewing Company’s Sulphur to Black Rock Bicycle Race on May 30th. Spend your weekend camping in the beautiful Black Rock Desert with music, kids’ camps, guided and self-guided tours and more.

To learn more click  here.

Photo of Pyramid Lake is Default Photo on the iPad

iPad PhotoOn April 3, 2010, 300,000 people in the U.S. were introduced to one of Northern Nevada’s hidden gems – and that number is still growing.

The photo “Pyramid Lake (at Night)” by Richard Misrach of Berkeley is the default background screen on Apple’s iPad.

The Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribal Council was unaware of the photo, but hopes that its exposure will increase visitors to the region.

“We appreciate them recognizing the lake, or at least the landscape here,” Mervin Wright, Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribal Council chairman, told the Reno Gazette Journal.

The photographer also was surprised.

According to a Jan. 28 blog post by Andrew M. Goldstein on Artinfo.com, Misrach didn’t know his photo would be featured on the iPad until it was revealed that same day by Apple CEO Steve Jobs.

Pyramid Lake is the largest remaining remnant of a lake system known as Lake Lahontan that covered much of the Great Basin at the end of the last ice age. The saltwater lake is a component of the National Scenic Byways Program and is the only byway in the nation entirely within a tribal reservation. This route takes the visitor 37 miles along the shore of one of the largest lakes in the world and provides a unique opportunity to learn more about the Pyramid Lake Paiute tribe.

A recreational paradise awaits you at Pyramid Lake where you’ll find boating, fishing, swimming, and hiking – not to mention sublime vistas – all only 30 minutes from Reno.