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Firehole River, Yellowstone National Park

Categories: Bodies of Water, Nature & Parks
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The Firehole River is located in northwestern Wyoming, and is one of the two major tributaries of the Madison River. It flows north approximately 21mi from its source in Madison Lake on the Continental Divide to join the Gibbon River at Madison Junction in Yellowstone National Park. It is part of the Missouri River system.DescriptionThe Firehole River flows through several significant geyser basins in the park to include the Upper Geyser Basin, which contains the world-famous geyser Old Faithful. The river was named by early trappers for the steam that makes it appear to be smoking as if on fire.The Firehole contains three of Yellowstone's major waterfalls: Kepler Cascades south of Old Faithful, Firehole Falls and the Cascades of the Firehole in Firehole Canyon.The river is surrounded by geothermal features which empty water into it. One effect of the input of this water is to increase the temperature of the water. Temperatures in the river have been measured as high as 30°C and average 5 to 10 °C (9 to 18 °F) higher than areas upstream of geothermal influence.Water entering the river from geothermal features contains dissolved chemicals and minerals. Levels of boron and arsenic have been found to be above the standard limits for protection of aquatic organisms. Despite these levels, brown and rainbow trout live and spawn in the river.
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  • Okay, Beckler and Cave Falls are Fantastic, but if you are in the park this is the Best without a long hike. There are a couple of parking spaces on the one way loop, and even one or two on the main l...  read more »
  • We happened upon this while driving and it provided amazing views. We went on it twice so we could show it to another member of the family who didn't get to see it the 1st time. 
  • The river has hot springs that run right up along the side of it. They are smoking. The water runs down into the river and it smokes for a while too. It's a pretty cool effect. Also I saw a couple bis...  read more »
  • The water of this river seems aggregated from all Geyser, hot spring all over Yellowstone. The water is not cold nor hot and feels gentle to the skin. Not sure if it's drinkable but ducks does lives here.
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