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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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Where to stay in Yellowstone National Park

As one of the U.S.'s most popular national parks, Yellowstone provides plenty of options for sleeping within its boundaries. Choose from lodges, inns, cabins, hotels, motels, and campgrounds throughout the park. Most of the structured accommodations lie in the park's most-visited areas, such as Mammoth Hot Springs, Tower Falls, Old Faithful Geyser, and Yellowstone Lake. Staying on the northern side of the lake puts you right in the heart of the park, making it relatively convenient to visit other areas. Resorts, lodges, and guest ranches line the road just outside the park's east entrance, and a cluster of motels and hotels fills the town of West Yellowstone near the west entrance. You can also opt for lodges and inns to the north in Gardiner, Montana, or find nearly every type of accommodation to the south in Jackson, Wyoming. Staying outside the park is fine if you plan to drive through in a day and catch the highlights, but you'll want to spend at least one night inside the park if you plan to explore it more thoroughly.
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  • We halted here on a tour of the Lamar valley and hiked up to the lake. Parts of the uphill and resulting downhill were steep but the wildflowers and views to the mountains across the highway made it w...  more »
  • I have hiked and traveled Yellowstone for 3 years. Trout Lake continues to be my favorite hike. I love to get up before dawn and as the sun peeps over the horizon I make my way to Trout Lake; never dr...  more »
  • The Trout Lake Trailhead is located in the Northeast corner of Yellowstone Park. The parking lot for the trailhead will be on the west side of the road between Soda Butte and Pebble Creek. As many of ...  more »