O.k. so we camped out for two nights at bridge bay from August 26-28, 2010
Number 1- it’s a great location especially if you plan on doing lots of lake activities such as boating and Fishing. The marina is right next to the campground. Lake Hotel and Fishing Bridge Village are nearby so even though there are not many ammenities at Bridge Bay you are a easy drive away from shopping grocieries and WARM CLEAN SHOWERS!
Number 2- we stayed in spot 280 in loop F, I would say its probably the spot with the best view of the lake in the entire campground. The view of the lake from this spot is unhindered (which is why we requested this spot and luckily got it).
(This applies to all spots in loops E and F)
BUT THE PROBLEM WITH THIS UNHINDERED VIEW OF THE LAKE IS THAT YOU ARE LOCATED AT THE EDGE OF A FIELD (THAT LEADS DOWN TO THE ROAD AND LAKE) WHERE ANY ANIMAL CAN EASILY WANDER INTO. WHICH LEADS ME TO THE WILDLIFE SITUATION.
Number 4- When we booked this camping trip we were not aware that the Bison in Yellowstone mated in late August. Well they do and apparently they also like to hang out at the Bridge Bay campground whether this happens every year I don’t know but it sure happened this year.
So when we pulled into our spot around 9 in the morning there were at least 20 maybe more Bison (I really didn’t stop to count) behind our campsite in the open field.
I had watched all those animal safety videos on the Yellowstone website so I knew not to get near them.
At first they weren’t to close so we started to set up the tents and camping gear. But then they started to get closer so we all went back to the car and watched them from behind our open car doors. Eventually a ranger came by and told us what I had already knew about safety and that they don’t shoo the bison away since really this is their home. Which I fully understand. So anyways eventually the bison cleared away from our area and headed farther into the campground and actually stayed there in the lower loops of the campground entertaining other people all day long.
And then later that night as were sitting around our campfire we suddenly hear someone scream Stampede and a bunch of car doors slamming closed and people yelling . So of course we automatically jump up and run to our cars and as we get into our cars we hear the bisons hooves hitting the floor and their grunting (Its pitch black out there so we couldnt see anything) seconds later a small scared baby bison comes out of the trees and almost nocks over a plastic table we were preparing smores on. He scatters away and we see nothing for several minutes so we get out of the car thinking its over. Though still cautios we stand next to the car. well several minutes later we hear grunting behind us so we jump back into the car then several adult bison literally walk through our campsite in between our chairs, tents , tables, and fire pit and settle down for the night in the field behind us. Nothing else happens the rest of the night and the few bison left clear out the next day. (we observe the herd of bison at another campground the next afternoon) ( no rangers ever came around after this happened which was a little upsetting)
So basically it’s a beautiful location and we had lots of fun the staff were friendly and helpful. but if you are going to be their in late august I recommend you don’t stay in loops A-F. Forget the great views of the lake and get one of the more wooded areas in the upper loops where the bison stayed away from.(it seems they like open areas and stay away from the dense treed areas).(not an expert just what I observed)
SO YOU’VE BEEN WARNED.
- Also Known As:
- Bridge Bay Campground Hotel Yellowstone National Park