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Hiking & Walking: Wyoming > Yellowstone National Park

Quick Facts

Yellowstone Lake

Elevation: 7,733 Feet (2410.5 Meters)
Length: 20 Miles (33.33 Kilometers)
Maximum Depth: 390 Feet (121.6 Meters)
Recommended Season: Summer


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General Description

Yellowstone Lake, located in the southeastern corner of the park, offers boating, canoeing, hiking, camping, biking, fishing and horseback riding.

Yellowstone Lake is North America's largest mountain lake. Over geological time it has drained into the Pacific Ocean, and the Arctic Ocean via Hudson Bay. It now drains into the Atlantic via the Gulf of Mexico. Trout generally inhabit the upper 60 feet because their foods rarely occur below that depth.

Regulations: Because of the increasing number of anglers in the park, more restrictive regulations have been adopted in Yellowstone. These restrictions include: season opening/closing dates, restrictive use of bait, catch-and-release only areas, and number/size limits according to species. A few places are closed to the public to protect threatened and endangered species, sensitive nesting birds, and to provide scenic viewing areas for visitors seeking undisturbed wildlife.

Directions from The East Entrance: Travel approximately 27 miles to reach the north shore of Lake Yellowstone.

Directions from The South Entrance: Travel approximately 22 miles to reach the south end of Lake Yellowstone.

Seasonal Information:
Normally Open: Mid-May through Late September .



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Recreation Opportunities
Activity Remarks On Site
ICON Boating A permit is required for all vessels (motorized and nonmotorized including float tubes) and must be obtained in person at any of the following locations: South Entrance, Lewis Lake Campground, Grant Village Visitor Center, Bridge Bay Ranger Station, and Lake Ranger Station. At Canyon and Mammoth Visitor Centers, only nonmotorized boating permits are available.
Yes
ICON Camping Bridge Bay and Grant Campgrounds. Fishing Bridge Recreational Vehicle Park.
Yes
ICON Fishing A permit is required to fish in Yellowstone. Fishing permits are available at all ranger stations, visitor centers, and Hamilton General Stores. No state fishing license is required in Yellowstone National Park.
Yes
ICON Hiking & Walking Refer to hiking links.
No
ICON Horseback Riding
No
ICON Lakes & Reservoirs Yellowstone Lake
Yes



Related Activities
Avalanche Peak Trail - Avalanche Peak Trail, located near Lake Village, offers a strenuous 5 mile roundtrip hike.

Bridge Bay Campground - Bridge Bay Campground, located on the northwest shore of Yellowstone Lake, features 430 RV and tent sites.

Duck Lake Trail - Duck Lake Trail, located near Grant Village and West Thumb, offers a moderate one mile hike.

Elephant Back Mountain Trail - Elephant Back Mountain Trail, located near Lake Village, offers a moderately strenuous 3 mile loop hike.

Fishing Bridge RV Campground - Fishing Bridge RV Campground, located 27 miles east of the East Entrance on the north side of Yellowstone Lake, features 340 RV sites.

Grant Campground - Grant Campground, located on Yellowstone Lake on the south tip of the West Thumb, features 425 RV and tent sites.

Lewis River Channel/Shoshone Lake Loop Trail - Lewis River Channel/Shoshone Lake Loop Trail, located near Grant Village and West Thumb, offers a moderate 7 mile roundtrip or 11 mile loop hike.

Natural Bridge Trail - Natural Bridge Trail, located near Lake Village, offers an easy 3 mile roundtrip hike.

Pelican Creek Trail - Pelican Creek Trail, located near Lake Village, offers an easy one mile loop hike.

Pelican Creek Trail - Pelican Creek Trail, located near Lake Village, offers an easy one mile loop hike.

Riddle Lake Trail - Riddle Lake Trail, located near Grant Village and West Thumb, offers a moderate 5 mile roundtrip hike.

Shoshone Lake Trail - Shoshone Lake Trail, located near Grant Village and West Thumb, offers a moderate 6 mile roundtrip hike.

Storm Point Trail - Storm Point Trail, located near Lake Village, offers an easy 2 mile loop hike.

West Thumb Geyser Basin Trail - West Thumb Geser Basin Trail, located near Grant Village and West Thumb, offers an easy 3/8 mile roundtrip hike.

Yellowstone Lake Overlook Trail - Yellowstone Lake Overlook Trail, located near Grant Village and West Thumb, offers a moderate 2 mile roundtrip hike.



More Information

Visitor Information:

Yellowstone National Park, P.O. Box 168 , Yellowstone, WY, 82190, Phone: 307-344-7381

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