What can I see and do on Yellowstone Lake?
A unique Yellowstone fishing permit is required to fish within the park. Yellowstone Lake opens for fishing in mid-June and its tributaries open in mid-July. Note that fishing is not allowed along the shoreline between West Thumb and Little Thumb Creek in addition to Bridge Bay and Grant Village Marinas.
A number of hiking trails surround the lake. The Natural Bridge Trail is a 3 mile round-trip trail that allows bikes. Head out the beautiful and remote Pelican Valley Trail from Fishing Bridge.
Park campgrounds are available at Grant Village, Bridge Bay, and Fishing Bridge (hard-sided RVs only). Make reservations by calling 307-344-7311.
No kayak rentals are available within the park. Either arrange a rental in Jackson or join a guided sea kayaking tour.
Scenic Lake Cruise:
During the summer months, Yellowstone rangers offer hour long narrated tours of Yellowstone Lake. Fee.
Where is Yellowstone Lake?
Located in the heart of Yellowstone National Park, Yellowstone Lake is a great place to visit while exploring the park. From Jackson, head north through Grand Teton National Park and into Yellowstone. Note that you only need to buy one park pass to visit both Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Parks.
When is Yellowstone Lake accessible?
All roads accessing Yellowstone Lake close for the winter season in early November and re-open in May.
Who can I call with more questions?
Call Yellowstone National Park at 307-344-7381.