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Trout Lake Trail, Yellowstone National Park

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Trout Lake, formerly known as Fish Lake and Soda Butte Lake, is a 12acre popular backcountry lake for hikers and anglers in Yellowstone National Park. The lake is located approximately.33mi north of the Northeast Entrance Road near the confluence of Pebble Creek and Soda Butte Creek. The lake sits in a depression on a high bench above the Soda Butte Creek Canyon. A steep trail through a Douglas fir forest leads to the lake. The trailhead is located at:.Trout Lake is a popular area for viewing river otter.AnglingTrout Lake is popular with anglers for its large Yellowstone cutthroat trout and very large rainbow trout and rainbow/cutthroat hybrids. The lake can be easily fished from the shoreline, but many anglers carry in float tubes to access the deeper parts of the lake. Using a float tube on Yellowstone lakes requires a park service boating permit. The lake opens for fishing in mid-June, but a section of the lake near the inlet stream is closed until mid-July to protect spawning Yellowstone cutthroat trout. All cutthroat trout and hybrids caught in Trout Lake must be released.
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  • Went here on a Tuesday and very simply wouldn't recommend to others. The trail is a steep hike up to the lake. Any moisture on the ground makes the hike that much more slippery and dangerous. Once we ...  more »
  • Describing this hike as easy is a bit misleading, especially since boardwalk hike are labeled as easy. It is true that the hike around Trout Lake is easy, but the climb to get to the lake should be ea...  more »
  • It's a short but very steep hike from the trailhead to the lake, but once you're there its a very easy stroll around the lake. It's best on a sunny calm day as the reflections of the trees and clouds ...  more »