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Lahontan State Recreation Area
Good to excellent viewing of songbirds, gulls butterflies, lizards, and deer from spring to fall.
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Anaho Island National Wildlife Refuge – Pyramid Lake
Description: Located off the east shore of Pyramid Lake, Anaho Island hosts one of the largest white pelican nesting colonies in North America.

Wildlife to Watch: Sand and gravel benches dotted with greasewood provide nesting sites for double crested cormorants, Caspian terns, California gulls, and great blue herons. Western grebes, common loons, and ospreys often fish in the offshore waters. Tundra swans and waterfowl are common in fall and winter. Shorelines and uplands offer views of black-tailed jackrabbits, Great Basin kangaroo rats, and occasional coyotes.

Pelicans visible March to October; they often feed near south shore. Waterfowl viewing is excellent year-round; grebes, loons, gulls, shorebirds, and wading birds present spring through fall. Golden eagles and other hawks are common year-round. Lizards and wildflowers best in spring and summer.

Special Tips: ISLAND CLOSED TO PUBLIC. View from a boat or east shoreline; use binoculars or a spotting scope for best results.

Ownership: Paiute Tribe and USFWS 
Size: 700 acres 
Closest Town: Fernley

RestroomsParkingPicnic tablesBoat LaunchFeeLarge BoatsSmall BoatsDrinking Water

Best Seasons for Wildlife Viewing:

White Pelicans - photo by USFWS
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Driving Directions:
From Nixon, take SR 447 north 7.5 miles and turn west on dirt road. Travel seven miles to east side viewing area.

For more information call (702) 476-1155, or (702) 423-5128.

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Anaho Island National Wildlife Refuge – Pyramid Lake : Wildlife Viewing Area