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

Wildlife to Watch: Explore the cottonwood forest above Lahontan Reservoir for northern orioles, black-headed grosbeaks, and yellow-billed cuckoos, also monarch and swallowtail butterflies. Reservoir waters near shore produce good views of Canada geese, tundra swans, and many ducks in spring. One nesting island is inhabited by ring-billed gulls and another, by California gulls. Other islands shelter nesting great blue herons. The dam site attracts common egrets, white pelicans, double-crested cormorants, western grebes, and wintering bald eagles. The surrounding sagebrush flats harbor lizards, snakes, and black-tailed jackrabbits-prey for northern harriers, great horned owls, and other birds of prey. The lower Carson River, below dam, also offers wildlife viewing.

Look for wading birds late summer through winter. Waterfowl, birds of prey, and coyotes highly visible year-round.

Special Tips: SANDY BEACHES; STAY ON ROADS. BE CAUTIOUS AT DAM SITE.

Other Activities: Boat and shoreline viewing.

Ownership: NDSP 
Size: 30,362 acres 
Closest Town: Fallon

Facilities:
ParkingTent CampingHikingPicnic tablesBoat LaunchHandicap AccessibleFeeLarge BoatsSmall BoatsDrinking Water

Best Seasons for Wildlife Viewing:
SpringSummerFall

Black-headed Grosbeak - photo by USFWS
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Driving Directions:
For more information call (702) 867-3500.

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Lahontan State Recreation Area : Wildlife Viewing Area