Yellowstone Lake
Yellowstone Lake
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Yellowstone National Park's largest lake.
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  • RICART75
    Peru, Indiana2,217 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful introduction....
    We entered the Park 3 days after the east entrance opened for the season; so the Lake and its surroundings were still in the process of emerging from winter. There was ice on the water, snow on the trees & banks; and it was all spectacular. We're looking forward to seeing the views in other seasons; but this was a beautiful introduction to the area.
    Visited May 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written July 8, 2023
  • N H
    3 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A great experience!
    We booked a two hour guided fishing tour last minute due to a cancellation- we were happy there was an opening. Our guide was Jack and he was AMAZING. Four of us went and two of our group fished. To get off the road and out of the car onto a boat skimming across the water of Lake Yellowstone was incredible. A knowledgeable guide, Jack was also personable and made the 2 hour trip fun and informative. The guys caught fish and we ladies relaxed on the boat, taking in the sights. We heartily recommend the experience.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written September 4, 2023
  • Rick B
    Round Rock, Texas1,306 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Large body of water
    Being where it is I was amazed at the size of Yellowstone Lake. The waters appear to be very clear. Yellowstone Lake lies in the caldera of an ancient but still active volcano. 640,000 years ago the dome of the caldera collapsed creating the Lake as we know it today. Before the collapse Yellowstone Lake actually covered most of the Hayden Valley. There is a section of the Lake known as the West Thumb.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written September 23, 2023
  • seema60
    Toronto, Canada947 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful lake in Yellowstone NP
    We saw this beautiful lake as we drove from the Old Faithful area to Lake Lodge cabins. It’s a huge lake with mountains in the background. It also has some geothermal activity going on along the shores. It was lovely to admire.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written September 26, 2023
  • Utsav
    Ahmedabad, India2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    winter trip
    It is a good time to visit, but there is only one road open which is from Gardiner to North East entrance. You visit Mammoth Hotsprings and Lamar Valley. The snow coach and snow mobile starts after 15 December 2023. Its is good time to visit. Less crowded.
    Visited December 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written December 14, 2023
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Nyormirror
Bay City, MI1,308 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020 • Family
Yellowstone lake cover 136 surface miles and it is the largest high elevation lake in North America.

Interesting fact is that there is no fishing allowed from the “fishing bridge” since 1973.

Yellowstone Lake runs through numerous parts of the park but we found the best view to be on East entrance road. I would highly recommend Steamboat Point picnic ground for awesome views of the water during a stop for lunch or dinner. Steamboat is just a mile or so east of the fishing bridge. Enjoy.
Written September 14, 2020
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Zoom_Gotti
Henderson, NV1,559 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2020
If you have some extra days here, you should spend at least one of them exploring the lake and its surroundings. This is apparently the largest high elevation lake in North America. The routine water temperature is too cold to safely swim in for more than a handful of minutes, but fishing and boating is permitted consistent with the park's regulations. You can explore the West Thumb area where hot spots and fumaroles abound and seem to contradict the coldness of the lake. if you're here near winter, this is a particularly scenic snowy location. If you move north from here, you'll pass a number of lakeside picnic spots as well as the serene scenic loop of Gull Point Drive. Fishing Bridge/Lake Village is the commercial center and then you can continue south along the lake's north and east borders. You'll find an overlook point as the road starts to drift away toward Cody. Hikers can follow the east flank south. The park service concessionaires offer guided activities on and around the lake. Take advantage of these if you like.
Written October 13, 2020
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Tricia B
Wisconsin370 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2021 • Family
Most people likely snap a few pictures of the beautiful lake or enjoy a scenic cruise. However, Yellowstone Lake has the largest population of wild cutthroat trout in the country so it may be more interesting to anglers. We enjoyed a sunset picnic and some cutthroat fishing from shore. Know that cutthroat trout are catch and release only in Yellowstone Lake.
Written March 16, 2022
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RICHARD C
Denver, CO2 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023
The park itself was awesome. The hotel room was very small (Grant Village Lodge), but the room was clean. The beds are only fulls, not queens. As for the food management company, they are terrible! I guess the hours are supposed to change next year, but don't expect the small restaurants to be open as long as the general store that it is in.

The general stores are closed at 6:00, which doesn't make much sense since you'll spend most of your day out in the park and then come back to get something from a general store that's not even open at around that hour. The food service restaurants inside of the general stores closing hour earlier, at 5:00. So if you're planning on eating, be there before 5:00. That of course digs into your timing for traveling around the park.

There are full service restaurants available, but three of them require reservations and you can only reserve at those if you stay in the park. We ate at the Grant dining room where the food was decent. The Lakeshore Lodge that serves tacos was atrocious. Essentially, expect bare bones, food quality with teenagers doing all the work because they can't find people to come to the park to work. And since you have no other options for food outside of bringing your own cooler, I think they're feeling is... Good luck to you!

One last thing to mention, if you happen to be coming in from the south side of the park near Jackson's hole, expect to be charged for two national parks. Parks. We had to pay $35 to go through the Teton Park just to get to Yellowstone and then pay another $35. It would have taken hours to go over to the eastern entrance instead to avoid this. Any person who comes in from any of the other entrances and then comes down through the park of Yellowstone into teton, doesn't have to pay. It's a really lame situation for those coming in from the south. All other entrances pay $35 into Yellowstone and have access to Teton without a charge. If you come in from the south, expect to pay $70 total.
Written August 16, 2023
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WednesdayNightGirl
McKinney, TX1,376 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2021 • Friends
Such a beautiful, tranquil lake. Huge!

We started in the West Thumb section of the lake, hopping out and roaming the shoreline while taking a look at some of the hot springs that are formed around the lake. But we drove all the way up the western side of the lake and along the Yellowstone River and it’s Grand Canyon. Just gorgeous!

There are picnic areas to stop and enjoy, plus the Canyon Lodge is right on the lake. SoectCular!
Written September 16, 2021
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Diana R
Birch Run, MI2,083 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2021
We enjoyed stopping a few times in Yellowstone to view beautiful Yellowstone Lake. Our first view was at the Butte overlook and our last was at the West Thumb Geyser Basin. The water is so clear and blue and with the Teton range in the background it was just magnificent.
Written July 6, 2021
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Loca_Lisa
Meridian, ID1,744 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2020 • Couples
No matter what loop you make around the Park, you will pass by Yellowstone Lake and it's definitely worth a stop. There is a few geysers right around the Lake as well as many colorful steaming pools of water. As you walk the board walk around, you'll also see geysers in the water which is interesting. On the day we came we got to see some elk up close. Bathrooms and a visitor station are located here.
Written September 5, 2020
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luckyv
Coldwater, OH145 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2020
Yellowstone Lake is a beautiful gem in the national park and a calming contrast to the other natural wonders of the park.
Crystal blue water mirrors the mountains and trees under clear blue skies. Be sure to drive over to Yellowstone Lake and take time to sit and admire the awesomeness. God was having a good day when he created this lake.
Written October 10, 2020
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Palomino922
Virginia Beach, VA1,066 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2021
We stayed at Grant Village. Each night we'd take our beverages down to the lake and either sit at a picnic table or sidewalk wall and look over the lake. I will keep those memories forever. The sand is course and black. The mountains in the background were beautiful. We saw canoes and other small boats. Water was chilly---most likely would not go swimming even on a hot day.
Written September 5, 2021
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N H
3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Family
We booked a two hour guided fishing tour last minute due to a cancellation- we were happy there was an opening. Our guide was Jack and he was AMAZING. Four of us went and two of our group fished. To get off the road and out of the car onto a boat skimming across the water of Lake Yellowstone was incredible. A knowledgeable guide, Jack was also personable and made the 2 hour trip fun and informative. The guys caught fish and we ladies relaxed on the boat, taking in the sights. We heartily recommend the experience.
Written September 4, 2023
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