A Unique River of the West

Lake Tahoe during a winter storm

Lake Tahoe during a winter storm

The Truckee River flows just over 110 miles from its source at Lake Tahoe through forested mountains, the town of Truckee, the cities of Reno and Sparks and ends its journey not in the Pacific Ocean, but instead in Pyramid Lake on the Pyramid Lake Paiute Reservation.

We all have our reasons for loving this special river which rises in a large mountain lake and terminates in a dazzling desert lake.  I’m taken by its many moods as a high mountain stream of rapids and as a meandering river making blue and green way east and north through the desert.

The Truckee River flows into Pyramid Lake on the Pyramid Lake Paiute Reservation.

The Truckee River flows into Pyramid Lake on the Pyramid Lake Paiute Reservation.

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About Dennis Ghiglieri

My concern for the Truckee River grew over the years. It started with picking up trash and supporting better water quality. I helped create the "living river"plan with other citizens on the Community Flood Coalition; a plan to reduce flood impacts to infrastructure through river restoration and protection of the floodplain. I understand how critical the Truckee River is to the environment – and economy – of our entire region. I'm hoping that through these pages we can all understand our connection to the Truckee River and why we need to protect it.

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