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Yellowstone Lake, Yellowstone National Park

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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. Use our Yellowstone National Park vacation planner to visit Yellowstone Lake on your trip to Yellowstone National Park, and learn what else travelers and our writers recommend seeing nearby.
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  • The Lake is very romantic, great righteous about it looks a good restaurant to eat a sandwich and ice cream. Impressive view.
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  • Strolling around the lake before getting so hot in the day time, we saw bisons and elks. We also heard wolves howling in the night. Animals were definitely around. It's calm and peaceful- we love and ...  more »
  • Yellowstone Lake was very calm with a calming wave coming in and depending on location, a beautiful reflection of the scenery off the lake made for some great photos. There are a number of hidden nook...  more »

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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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