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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Tours to Yellowstone Lake
$274 BOOK WITH VIATOR Lower Loop of Yellowstone Tours Lower Loop of Yellowstone Tours
Duration: 10 to 12 hours
$155 BOOK WITH VIATOR 4-Hour Morning Kayak on Yellowstone Lake with Lunch 4-Hour Morning Kayak on Yellowstone Lake with Lunch
Duration: 4 hours
$375 BOOK WITH VIATOR Yellowstone Lower Loop VIP Full-Day Private Tour with Lunch Yellowstone Lower Loop VIP Full-Day Private Tour with Lunch
Duration: 8 hours
$299 BOOK WITH VIATOR Full-Day Guided Yellowstone Day Tour Full-Day Guided Yellowstone Day Tour
Duration: 11 hours
Yellowstone Lake reviews
We stopped several times but the stop at the sand bar was nice! The lake was like glass and reflected the clouds.
We stopped several times but the stop at the sand bar was nice! The lake was like glass and reflected the clouds. more »
The lake is rather cool. It’s real big and looked really calm. The mountains on the far side make it look really cool. A great thing to see.
The lake is rather cool. It’s real big and looked really calm. The mountains on the far side make it look really cool. A great thing to see. 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! 😉
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