Visiting Yellowstone Lake
Yellowstone Lake is one of the favorite destinations of visitors to Yellowstone National Park. It is the largest freshwater lake in the U.S. above a 7,000 foot altitude. It is also the headwaters for the Yellowstone River, which holds the distinction of being the longest undammed river in the U.S. The Yellowstone Lake region is home to the largest concentration of grizzly bears in the continental United States. There are also lots of elk, moose, wolves and wolverines in the area.
For the fishermen and women out there, the big draw is the Yellowstone cutthroat, the only trout that is native to Yellowstone Park. Yellowstone Lake is the world’s largest wild cutthroat fishery. The shrewd management of this fishery has ensured the healthy numbers of cutthroat in the lake, and protects the quality of the fishery for future generations to come. The lake opens to fishing on June 15th. Cutthroat trout can be found in the shallows along the shoreline of the lake. Fishing can be done either from the shore or from a float tube. You really don’t need a boat to fish this lake. The fishing is great here, with 31 miles of roadside access from which to choose your spot (and another 80 backcountry miles). You could go fishing without seeing another person all day if you wish.
Many visitors enjoy sea kayaking or canoeing on Yellowstone Lake. You can check at a ranger station or visitor center for recommended routes and weather information. Motorboats are also allowed on the lake. Outboards and rowboats are both available for rental at the Bridge Bay Marina. Canoe and sea kayak rentals are available just outside the park at shops in the gateway communities. Guided boat tours are another option for those vacationers who want to go with an experienced guide.
You will find many destinations of interest in the park. Make your reservations today and launch your Yellowstone adventure from Luton’s Teton Cabins .