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The Big Blue

Yellowstone Lake

The largest body of water in the Park, sits at 7,732 feet above sea level and the deepest spot in the lake is at least 390 feet.

Interesting Fact #1:  Yellowstone Lake is the largest freshwater lake above 7,000 feet in North America.

I had a question I did not get to ask a Ranger while in the Park. Freshwater??? The West Thumb Geyser Basin sits along the southwest area of the lake. Does this not affect the freshness of the water in the lake? There are geysers, fumaroles and hot springs right alongside as well as IN the lake.

Interesting Fact #2:  There is a “bulge” about 2,000 feet long and 100 feet high under a section of the lake, where there are faults, hot springs and small craters.

Interesting Fact #3:  Hayden Valley was a former lake bed; once filled by an arm of the Yellowstone Lake.

Did you know there is an Invasion going on in Yellowstone Lake? The Lake Trout are TAKING OVER the Cutthroat Trout and IT IS NOT A GOOD THING!

(Photos by RSheridan)

The Lake Hotel

Just Imagine staying in this Grand Lady of the Lake back in the late 19th and early 20th century. The Lap of Luxury! Love the Buttery Yellow Color too!

The Naturalist on our Boat Tour stated that the cabins behind the Lake Hotel were created to house the ALL female wait staff back in the day. The Naturalist also pointed out the Lake Ranger Station, which houses the jail and has a colony of bats.

(Photo by RSheridan)

The Lake Lodge

I enjoyed the rustic look of the Lake Lodge and its porch had many rockers to kick back and relax. Just stare off into the Lake!

Basically the Lake Lodge exists because the park needed a middle ground for lodging with the introduction of the automobile. You have the Luxurious Lake Hotel or the Tent Camps to choose from when visiting the Park. The Lodge was created; one of four in the Park!

(Photo by RSheridan)

Yellowstone Lake Scenic Boat Tour

Highly Recommend doing if you have the time. Our driver was a hoot and having a Naturalist on board was an added BONUS. Basically the cruise goes out from the Bridge Bay Marina to Stephenson Island (be on the lookout for the bones of the boat that sank in the 1920s) and then back to the marina. We did not see any osprey (according to the Naturalist there are few Osprey nests this year) and saw one Bald Eagle. You get to know the history and off beat lore of the lake on this tour.

Reservations are recommended and there are several departure times available. Do not expect to show up and get a seat. Life jackets are provided on the boat. You might want to have an extra layer with you. Arrive 15 minutes early to get on the boat. Then just sit back, hang on and have fun!

(Photos by RSheridan)


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