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. Add Yellowstone Lake to your Yellowstone National Park travel itinerary, and discover new vacation ideas by using our Yellowstone National Park journey maker tool.
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  • Coming from West Yellowstone, there is a really nice overlook spot, that you can pull over and photo. This lake is absolutely MASSIVE. It was like a sea, really. It was so clean, and clear. The... 
    Coming from West Yellowstone, there is a really nice overlook spot, that you can pull over and photo. This lake is absolutely MASSIVE. It was like a sea, really. It was so clean, and clear. The...  more »
  • We drove from the entrance near Cody thru to Old Faithful and out the west exit. So we drove a bit of the way around Yellowstone Lake. It’s enormous and the views are great. We stopped at a small... 
    We drove from the entrance near Cody thru to Old Faithful and out the west exit. So we drove a bit of the way around Yellowstone Lake. It’s enormous and the views are great. We stopped at a small...  more »
  • The lake is beautiful and we saw lots of elk. In fact one came right up to our car window and made poses for us to take pictures. 
    The lake is beautiful and we saw lots of elk. In fact one came right up to our car window and made poses for us to take pictures.  more »
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  • Yellowstone Lake is the largest body of water in Yellowstone National Park. Yellowstone Lake freezes over completely every winter in late December or early January, with ice thicknesses varying from a few inches to more than two feet. The lake usually thaws in late May or early June. Yellowstone Lake remains cold year-round, with an average water temperature of 41°F (5°C). Because of the extremely cold water, swimming is not recommended.Yellowstone Lake has the largest population of wild cutthroat trout in North America. How a Pacific Ocean fish was trapped in a lake that drains to the Atlantic puzzled experts for years. Figuratively, if one could pour all the water out of Yellowstone Lake, what would be found on the bottom is similar to what is found on land in Yellowstone: geysers, hot springs, and deep canyons.
  • Fantastic driving towards Fisher's Bridge coming from West Thumb.... Beautiful vistas and do look for dead wood as it makes great pictures! 😉
  • Frozen Yellowstone lake How powerful the nature is.
  • It looks like a sea :) l liked it. ❤️👏
  • Really big and beautiful lake. It’s still an iced lake when I was there, but I think it should be pure water now. You can see this lake from different angles. Now you might be able to take a boat through bridge bay. You can go to west thumb to see how geothermal landscapes merge with lake and it’s really awesome!

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