Yellowstone Lake, Yellowstone National Park

#5 of 82 in Parks in Yellowstone National Park
Water Body · Nature / Park
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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  • We went up to the overlook and I was able to do a panorama of the entire lake with the snow capped mountains behind. It had snowed the day before we got there so it added to the experience.  more »
  • Such a beautiful, tranquil lake. Huge! We started in the West Thumb section of the lake, hopping out and roaming the shoreline while taking a look at some of the hot springs that are formed...  more »
  • Yellowstone is such an incredible National Park. While visiting, you have to spend some time on Yellowstone Lake. The tranquility of being here will make all of your cares just melt away.  more »
  • What a beautiful lake!! The sunrise and sunset here are absolutely stunning.
  • Beautiful but cold lake. Was very cool to see.
  • There is nothing I could say that could better describe the beauty of this lake inside a beautiful park. Hard to miss if going through the park but make sure and stop.
  • 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!
  • So beautiful.

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