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Inside America's first national park, Yellowstone Lake is nestled 2,357 m (7,732 ft) above sea level. The 350 sq km (136 sq mi) lake features geysers, hot springs, and underwater canyons. The spot has been known for trout fishing since its discovery. Research shows the greatest known depth of the lake is 120 m (390 ft). In contrast to the lake's six months of frozenness, the hottest spot ever recorded was 122 C (252 F). Watch for wildlife, and take advantage of hiking and camping opportunities near the lake. Add Yellowstone Lake to your Yellowstone National Park travel itinerary, and discover new vacation ideas by using our Yellowstone National Park journey maker tool.
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BOOK WITH VIATOR Private Yellowstone Old Faithful and Lower Loop Tour
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BOOK WITH VIATOR Lake Yellowstone Half Day Kayak Tours Past Geothermal Features
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BOOK WITH VIATOR Best of Yellowstone Full-Day Private Guided Tour from Bozeman
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Yellowstone Lake reviews
Breathtaking, just breathtaking! Not crowded at all, and just wonderful to see nature in peace! Can't wait to go back!
Breathtaking, just breathtaking! Not crowded at all, and just wonderful to see nature in peace! Can't wait to go back! more »
This is a beautiful lake in a beautiful national park. Definitely worth a visit to spend some time and enjoy. So scenic.
This is a beautiful lake in a beautiful national park. Definitely worth a visit to spend some time and enjoy. So scenic. more »
When we arrived there was ice still on the lake. The hotel and dining room are wonderful. My sister and I were supposed to stay in a cabin however we were able to secure a two bedroom suite...
When we arrived there was ice still on the lake. The hotel and dining room are wonderful. My sister and I were supposed to stay in a cabin however we were able to secure a two bedroom suite... more »
Yellowstone Lake is the largest body of water in Yellowstone National Park. Yellowstone Lake freezes over completely every winter in late December or early January, with ice thicknesses varying from a few inches to more than two feet. The lake usually thaws in late May or early June. Yellowstone Lake remains cold year-round, with an average water temperature of 41°F (5°C). Because of the extremely cold water, swimming is not recommended.Yellowstone Lake has the largest population of wild cutthroat trout in North America. How a Pacific Ocean fish was trapped in a lake that drains to the Atlantic puzzled experts for years. Figuratively, if one could pour all the water out of Yellowstone Lake, what would be found on the bottom is similar to what is found on land in Yellowstone: geysers, hot springs, and deep canyons.
Fantastic driving towards Fisher's Bridge coming from West Thumb.... Beautiful vistas and do look for dead wood as it makes great pictures! 😉
We have explored and thoroughly loved Yellowstone National Park each of the numerous times we have visited. Lone Star Geyser is a favorite spot and a wonderful hike from Lone Star back to Old Faithful Lodge! Everyone should see Yellowstone. You’ll gather lifetime memories there. I regret not touring Yellowstone in winter when I was young! It’s on my bucket list! ♥️
Really big and beautiful lake. It’s still an iced lake when I was there, but I think it should be pure water now. You can see this lake from different angles. Now you might be able to take a boat through bridge bay. You can go to west thumb to see how geothermal landscapes merge with lake and it’s really awesome!
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.
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