We really enjoy dry camping at Pyramid Lake. Camping is allowed on the east side of the lake pretty much anywhere you can park your vehicle as long as it's 20' from the shore. There is a fairly wide and well maintained dirt road off the highway were Warrior Point is. There are pit toilets available which were very clean when we camped there. It can get busy on the beaches however there are many places to camp so you can find privacy if you want it. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
As mentioned in an earlier review, if you want to dry camp at Pyramid Lake you can buy a permit in Sutcliffe for $10. The weather was nice for dry camping August so we opted for the $10 dry camping experience vs. the $35 at the marina campground. Pyramid lake has many dirt roads leading to beachfront camping locations. Be careful which road you select due to sandy conditions that could leave you stuck!!! We asked around and went to Pelican Beach which is marked with a sign 3 miles north of Sutcliffe. The dirt road down to the beach was all hard packed and we were able to park within 20 feet of the water. Pelican Beach was fairly crowded on Sunday afternoon when we arrived but by about 5pm almost everybody was gone except for a few RVs. If you are not camping on a weekend, I highly recommend this beach for dry camping vs. the developed marina campground, which is a parking lot on a bluff quite a ways away from and above the water. If you want to get right on the beach and jump in the water (as we did), you will want to stay at Pelican Beach. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
The things going for this place are that it sits right on Pyramid Lake, the woman who runs the check-in is very nice, and the scenery is great if you like that high desert look - the landscape all around is basically scrub. That said, it's basically a parking lot with electrical installations. The view of the lake is lovely, but the beaches are not well kept by the Paiute tribe that manage it - lots of litter and stuff lying around, and the beach shade huts need work. You can swim in the lake (we did), and since there's not anyplace else around to stay unless you want to go into the hellhole that is Reno, this may be your best bet. We camped here in a Motorhome.
We had always wanted to see Pyramid Lake, NV but all we could find on the Internet was that there was dry camping all along the lake, all you needed was a permit from the Ranger Station. Much to our amazement, when we went to ask about a permit, they told us that Pyramid Lake Marina had full service camping. The campground is really nice... electricity, water, sewer and a very new, very clean bathroom with hot showers. The weekend we were there they were having a fishing derby but there were still some spaces available, lucky for us. Other times of year you might want to call to check on availability. Things to do in the area are mostly boating, fishing for cutthroat trout, bird watching (check out the famous White Pelican) and swimming in the warmer months. The Marina has a small store, but I would suggest stocking up and gassing up in Sparks as you are a captive audience and the prices reflect that. BTW, this is the Paiute Nation and if you plan to dry camp on the beach, fish, hunt or anything, make sure you first get a permit,(Signs all over) as the fines are large. Also make sure you walk the road before hand as there are soft spots in the sand and it appeared folks have gotten stuck in the past. We camped here in a Motorhome.