Yellowstone Lake
Yellowstone Lake
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Yellowstone National Park's largest lake.
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  • RICART75
    Peru, Indiana2,138 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, Texas1,401 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, Canada924 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, India13 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
  • SwonQonDoi
    Boston, Massachusetts362 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Yellowstone Lake
    During our trip to the park, we drove around searching for a nice spot to see Yellowstone Lake. We finally found it when we arrived at the Fishing Bridge Visitor Center. This spot offers the opportunity to walk around the beautiful shoreline and enjoy the vastness of Yellowstone Lake. We were stunned by the size of the lake and its undeniable beauty. At this spot, you can see the endless blue lake stretching out before you, providing breathtaking scenery. Yellowstone Lake is the largest high-elevation lake (above 7,000 feet) in North America, covering approximately 136 square miles (352 square kilometers) with over 110 miles (177 kilometers) of shoreline. It sits at an elevation of about 7,732 feet (2,357 meters) above sea level. After seeing it for ourselves, it easily became a must-see destination that we would recommend to anyone visiting Yellowstone National Park.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written May 17, 2024
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SwonQonDoi
Boston, MA362 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Couples
During our trip to the park, we drove around searching for a nice spot to see Yellowstone Lake. We finally found it when we arrived at the Fishing Bridge Visitor Center. This spot offers the opportunity to walk around the beautiful shoreline and enjoy the vastness of Yellowstone Lake. We were stunned by the size of the lake and its undeniable beauty. At this spot, you can see the endless blue lake stretching out before you, providing breathtaking scenery.

Yellowstone Lake is the largest high-elevation lake (above 7,000 feet) in North America, covering approximately 136 square miles (352 square kilometers) with over 110 miles (177 kilometers) of shoreline. It sits at an elevation of about 7,732 feet (2,357 meters) above sea level.

After seeing it for ourselves, it easily became a must-see destination that we would recommend to anyone visiting Yellowstone National Park.
Written May 17, 2024
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Utsav
Ahmedabad, India13 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Family
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.
Written December 14, 2023
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seema60
Toronto, Canada924 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2023 • Friends
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.
Written September 26, 2023
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Rick B
Round Rock, TX1,401 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Family
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.
Written September 23, 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

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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RICHARD C
Denver, CO1 contribution
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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Joe Alejo
South Lake Tahoe, CA244 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023
beautiful picturesque place...quiet and pretty but powerful and mysterious at the same time...the source of life per say and offers some incredible photo ops as well....do stop by here and relax here
Written July 24, 2023
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rogersober
Clermont, FL35,860 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Couples
Stopped for a picnic lakeside in our adventure around the roads of Yellowstone. We found some picnic tables down from the lodge. The boats were all about and our only guest was a large raven.
Written July 21, 2023
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RICART75
Peru, IN2,138 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Couples
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.
Written July 8, 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

SeniorTravelerTF
Fort Atkinson1,192 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023
Yellowstone is about the thermal features. Yes the lake was created by (the biggest) one, but it is not Crater Lake or even nearby Jackson Lake or Jenny Lake.
Written July 4, 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

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