Greater Yellowstone Lakes and Reservoirs
Under Compilation

Yellowstone
Lakes-Reservoirs
Mt Sheridan reflection in Yellwostone Lake and sunrise

Yellowstone Lake • In the heart of Yellowstone Park is a giant blue gem called Yellowstone Lake, not a very imaginative name, but appropriate. Yellowstone Lake is the largest lake at high elevation (i.e., more than 7,000 ft.) in North America with a surface area of about 84,000 acres of 132 square miles; it is a natural lake, situated at 7,733 ft above sea level. To the east of Yellowstone Lake are the snow-capped peaks of the Absaroka Mountain Range and to the north the Beartooth Mountains grace the skyline; its kind of like Lake Tahoe except with geysers on its beaches. The Yellowstone Lake is a beautiful, clear and deep, body of water. In the center of our countryÍs first National Park.

Lewis Lake • Lewis Lake is located north of the South Entrance of Yellowstone National Park and offers boating, canoeing, sea kayaking, hiking and fishing. Lewis Lake is the third largest lake in Yellowstone and is the jump off point for canoe trips to Shoshone Lake, a backcountry lake. Lewis Lake is a great day trip canoe or sea kayak destination small enough to circumnavigate in a day yet large enough to take the full day. Lewis Lake is 7,779 feet above sea level and is 108 feet deep. There's roadside access, as well as a boat-launching ramp an important element since best fishing results often result from a boat

Heart Lake • Millions of people visit Yellowstone National Park each year and less than 1% of those millions really get tosee the park. What do I mean? The backcountry of course—the backcountry is Yellowstone at its wildest. Most people would rather stay in their hotel or RV and see all the sights that everyone else sees, which I may add are worth viewing (like Old Fathful, Yellowstone Canyon, etc). However, a few unique people want to see the park in a way the majority of visitors don’t. This is where the work comes in. Heart Lake of Yellowstone National Park is located near the south park entrance off of the West Thumb Rd. However, you’ll only find a trailhead there, no roads, so don’t plan on making a quick stop at this lake and moving on. This lake is only accessible by foot or horse and takes the good part of a day to reach.

Trout Lake, Yellowstone National Park
Hikers, Trout Lake, Yellowstone National Park

Trout Lake (Yellowstone) • This serene and beautiful lake is accessible via a short hike through the forest. It is a steep 1/2-mile trail through a Douglas fir forest leads to the lake. Trout lake sits in a depression on a high bench above the Soda Butte Creek Canyon south of Cooke City. Formerly known as Fish Lake and Soda Butte Lake this 12-acre gem is a popular backcountry lake for hikers and anglers. --------------> more

Shoshone Lake • Resting at nearly 7,800 feet, Shoshone Lake often isn't ice-free until mid-June. The water temperature is only slightly above freezing. As on Lewis Lake, a west wind blows the length of Shoshone most afternoons. Within a matter of minutes, "it's not uncommon to get waves up to four feet," said Justin Ivary, current backcountry ranger. He and other rangers recommend crossing Shoshone Lake only at the Narrows, where the distance across is pinched to about half a mile (compared to four miles at the lake's widest spots). But even that precaution doesn't assure safety if the wind is howling; backcountry ranger Ryan Weltman lost his life at the Narrows on July 3, 1988.

Grand Teton Park
 
Jackson Lake Grand Tetons, Grand Teton National Park

Jackson Lake • Far below the sky scrapping granite peaks of the picturesque Grand Teton Mountain Range, not far from the source of the mighty Snake River lies what appears as a divinely inspired accent to an already perfect alpine landscape; Jackson Lake. Jackson Lake is 18 miles long, and averages 4 miles wide and encompasses 40 square miles. The elevation of the lake is 6,750 feet above sea level, and the Grand Tetons that tower above reach 13,770 feet, 7,020 feet above the water. Jackson Lake is 445 feet deep; filling a depression scooped out of the ground by an Ice Age glacier. Jackson Lake is the biggest of the Grand Tetons seven morainal lakes that grace the base of the Teton Range like a pearl necklace.

The Grand Tetons cast a fantastic in the calm waters of Jenny Lake in Grand Teton National Park

Jenny Lake • enny Lake, formed by melting glaciers about 60,000 years ago, is a beautiful blue mountain lake set in the heart of Grand Teton National Park, at the base of Teewinot Mountain. On the west side, the lake touches the Teton Mountain Range. The lake is about 260 feet deep at the deepest point. Jenny Lake is the starting point for numerous hiking trails in the area, including Inspiration Point and Hidden Falls. There is a 6.6-mile long trail that winds around the entire lake.

Leigh Lake • Leigh Lake is located in Grand Teton National Park, in the U. S. state of Wyoming. The Grand Tetons loom over this 1,229-acre lake. Sandy beaches and swallow water dominate the eastern shore. The natural lake is 2 miles wide and slightly longer in length from north to south. Situated just southeast of Mount Moran. Leigh Lake provides sweeping views of the Grand Tetons and often reflect the peaks in its waters doubling the beauty of the area.

Lake Solitude high in the Grand Tetons of Grand Teton National Park

Phelps Lake • Tucked at the base of the imposing serrated peaks of the Grand Teton Mountain Range in Grand Teton Park lies Phelps Lake that once served as a centerpiece of the Rockefeller family retreat. Here, elk wander through sagebrush meadows, bald eagles fish for cutthroat trout, and marmots sunbathe on rocks alongside peaceful, meandering trails. Phelps Lake is a gorgeous; it is the sixth largest lake in Grand Teton National Park and is set right at the base of the Teton Range, left behind by the glacier that formed Death Canyon. The water of Phelps Lake is so clear you can count the rocks beneath the water's surface for as far as your eyes can focus. The lake sits at the base of the towering mountains and the mouth of Death Canyon. Phelps Lake sits at 6,633 feet above sea level, so the elevation gain to the lake is modest.

Bradley Lake • Bradley Lake is a contributor to the stunning beauty of Grand Teton Park; it sits like a jewel at the foot of the serrated peaks of the Grand Tetons. A stream feeds it from Garnet Canyon, one of the major valleys of the Tetons originating from a glacier next to Middle Teton, 5,000 feet above. Both Bradley Lake (7,022 feet) and Taggart Lake (6,902 feet) a few hundred yards away were named for members of the Hayden Survey party of 1872. Bradley Lake has 60 surface acres of water. Glaciers flowing from the Teton Range formed each. A glacier from Avalanche Canyon filled Taggart Lake and a glacier from Garnet Canyon filled Bradley Lake.

Lake Solitude • Lake Solitude is a picture perfect alpine lake that graces the high country of the Grand Teton mountain range. Lake Solitude, at an elevation of 9,035-feet is at the head of the North Fork of Cascade Canyon, a canyon that provides a stunning journey while traveling to Solitude. It is the largest lake in the park that is only accessible by trail. The views from its shores of the back side of Grand Teton, Mount Owen, and Teewinot Mountain, collectively known as the Cathedral Group certainly makes the effort of getting there worth it; this is the best of Grand Teton scenery. Speaking from the heart of a photographer, the scene looking from the north side of the lake south to the Grand Teton is one of the most photogenic scenes I have ever set may camera upon.

Bozeman
 
Hyalite Reservior in the Gallatin Mountains south of Bozeman Montana.
Hyalite Reservoir • Scenic Hyalite Reservoir is a 206 acre impoundment located about 12 miles south of Bozeman, Montana. A two laned paved Forest Road No. 62 ends at the dam. This road is not plowed during the winter, restricting access to 4-wheel drive vehicles and snow machines. Yellowstone cutthroat, arctic grayling, and brook trout provide many angler days throughout the year, including a very popular ice fishery.................Ice out typically occurs in May with float tubers and bank anglers fishing the receding edge of the ice and the open water around inlet streams........................Fishing at Hyalite Reservoir As water temperatures warm throughout the spring and summer use of this reservoir by boaters and canoeist steadily increases until Labor Day weekend. The bulk of the fishing activity during late spring and summer is concentrated in the morning and evening hours by local residents. Fly fishing from float tubes vertical jig fishing, and bait fishing are the most popular methods during this time period. A no wake rule is in effect for motorized craft on Hyalite Reservoir.
Pinedale
 
Green River Lakes and Squaretop Mountain of the Wind River Mountains north of Pinedale Wyoming

Fremont Lake • It should come as no surprise that Fremont Lake is the recreational hub of Sublette County's Pinedale area. Only 3.2 miles from Pinedale, this stunningly beautiful, pristine and mostly undeveloped destination offers easy access to outdoor activities summer and winter and is a focal point for popular annual events. Fremont Lake is Pinedale's municipal water supply and provides irrigation water and fish habitat for many miles downstream. Conscientious use of the lake by recreationists helps keep this rare resource clean.

Half Moon Lake • Half Moon Lake, 10 miles from Pinedale, hides in a forested pocket behind the imposing ridge of Half Moon Mountain, just northeast of the town. A commercial resort as well as Bridger-Teton National Forest facilities offer a wide range of recreational opportunities in this intimate and scenic setting.

Green River Lakes • Green River Lakes is one of Sublette County's most scenic and popular destinations accessible by car. Located in the Bridger Wilderness of the Bridger-Teton National Forest, the lakes are 52 miles north of Pinedale in the northern Wind River Range. The lakes are considered the source of the Green River, a major tributary of the great, Jackson Hole Wyoming, Idaho Falls Idaho, Cody Wyoming, Island Park Idaho, Wind River Valley, Swan Valley, Star Valley, Teton Valley, Yellowstone Park, Grand Teto Colorado River system. Like many of the larger lakes on this side of the Winds, Green River Lakes were scoured out by glacial action, then sealed off by an end-moraine dam.

Newfork Lakes • Want to get away to a remote, beautiful mountain lake, but don't want to drive too far from Pinedale? New Fork Lake, nestled at the base of the rugged Wind River Mountains, offers extensive recreational opportunities and facilities similar to Green River Lakes, but is only 24 miles from Pinedale. There are several Bridger-Teton Forest Service campgrounds with a variety of facilities, as well as dispersed recreation sites. The reservable large group area is an ideal place for outdoor weddings and family reunions.

Wind River Valley
 

Boysen Reservoir • The Boysen Reservoir can be found on the Boysen USGS quad topo map. Boysen Reservoir is a reservoir in Fremont County in the state of Wyoming. The latitude and longitude coordinates for this reservoir are 43.4166, -108.1759 and the altitude is 4797 feet (1462 meters).

Brooks Lake • Brooks Lake can be found on the Togwotee Pass USGS quad topo map. Brooks Lake is a lake in Fremont County in the state of Wyoming. The latitude and longitude coordinates for this lake are 43.7566, -110.0016 and the altitude is 9055 feet (2760 meters).

Swan Valley
 
Fall colors aspen and mountain maple reflection in the water of Palisades Reservior

Palisades Reservoir • Palisades Reservoir is a picturesque body of water in eastern Idaho on U.S. Highway 26 near the Idaho & Wyoming border and about 25 miles west of Jackson Hole Wyoming. The reservoir is nestled between the Snake River Range and the Caribou Range and is a beautiful setting where wildlife thrives in abundance. The drive between Star Valley Wyoming and Swan Valley Idaho along Palisades Lake is a treat for the visitor and a treasure for the resident. Access to t Palisades Reservoir, for both shore and boat anglers, is best on the northwest side, along U.S. route 26.

Upper Palisades Lake • Upper Palisades Lake was formed when agiant landslide came down the canyon and dammed the creek. Palisades Canyon is thickly forested with fir, aspen and willow. It is a canon of steep magnificent cliffs. Upper Palisades Lake is in a beautiful valley surrounded by forest and is a great place for camping. As one of the main spawning tributaries for the South Fork of the Snake River. Palisades Creek is teaming with native cutthroat trout even long after the spawn is over. Upper Palisades Lake provides good fishing also. Moose frequent the area as well as elk, deer and mountain goats, there are plenty of bear and mountain lions but it is rare to see them. If you scan the mountain walls you may see mountain goats if you get lucky. I've gotten lucky many times.

Lower Palisades Lake • The four mile hike up to Lower Palisades Lake provide some of the best mountain views in the Swan Valley region. Palisades Creek Trail is well maintained and can be used only by hikers, backpackers or horses as it is in the Palisades wilderness study area. Lower Palisades Lake was formed when a giant landslide came down the canyon and dammed the creek. Palisades Canyon is thickly forested with fir, aspen and willow. It is a canon of steep magnificent cliffs. The Lower Palisades Lake is much smaller than the Upper Palisades Lake and because of its proximity receives most of the traffic. Lower Palisades Lake provides good fishing also.

West Yellowstone
 
Quake Lake west of West Yellowstone Montana

Quake Lake • Quake Lake (also known as Earthquake Lake) is a lake in southwestern Montana, United States. It was created after a massive earthquake struck on August 17, 1959. Today, Quake Lake is 190 feet (58 m) deep and six miles (10 km) long. US 287 follows the lake and offers glimpses of the effects of the earthquake and landslide and allows access to a visitor center. The lake is mostly within Gallatin National Forest.

Hebgen Lake • Hebgen Lake is a lake located in Southwest Montana. It is well known for an earthquake which occurred nearby on August 17, 1959, forming Quake Lake which is located immediately downstream.

Wade Lake and Cliff Lake • Wade Lake is in a forested canyon among firs, pines and aspens at 6,300 feet. Along with Cliff Lake, located a quarter mile away, these lakes are part of the Hidden Lake chain of lakes in the Beaverhead - Deerlodge National Forest. Designated as a Montana Wildlife Viewing Site, the lakes are an exceptional area. Some area residents include: moose, deer, antelope, black bear, otter, beaver, and bobcat. Both the serious and casual birder will be astounded by the quantity and quality of birding opportunities. Bald eagles and osprey nest on the lakes. Watch the branches of old growth firs for great gray owls or look to the skies, shorelines and lakes to see sandhill cranes, hawks and trumpeter swans. All seasons are good for viewing, but in winter Wade Lake stays partially ice-free, providing excellent habitat for wildlife and waterfowl.

Cody
 
Buffalo Bill Reservior, Cody Wyoming
Buffalo Bill Dam and Reservoir • Mountains dominate the scenery at Buffalo Bill State Park. Shoshone Canyon, the location of the dam, is framed by Rattlesnake Mountain to the north and Cedar Mountain (also known as Spirit Mountain) to the south. Further west, along the north shoreline, lies Logan Mountain. The north and south forks of the Shoshone River are divided by Sheep Mountain while prominent on the southern skyline is Carter Mountain. All are part of the Rocky Mountain Absaroka Range. Elevations vary from approximately 5,400 feet in the state park to over 10,000 feet in the Absarokas. The northern sector of Wyoming is world famous for its outdoor recreation resources. Yellowstone National Park, the world's first national park, was established in 1872 and annually hosts over 3 million visitors who come to enjoy the park's fishing, camping, wildlife, geothermal features, and other natural wonders. Grand Teton National Park, located just south of Yellowstone, is well known for its spectacular mountain range and associated outdoor recreation opportunities. Other resources in the region include Shoshone National Forest, Bridger-Teton National Forest, the Shoshone and Big Horn rivers, and Big Horn Canyon National Recreation Area. These resources, together with Buffalo Bill State Park, offer unparalleled recreational and cultural opportunities.
Island Park
 
Henrys Lake, island park idaho
Henry's Lake, Island Park Idaho

Island Park Reservoir • Island Park is actually the world's largest crater, 23 miles in diameter, created from a volcano which collapsed in prehistoric times. Now covered in a dense forest of pine and wildflowers, it is a mecca for hiking & fishing in summer and cross-country skiing & snowmobiling in winter. The 7000-acre reservoir is popular for fishing summer and winter. Anglers catch rainbow, brook and cutthroat trout, kokanee, and whitefish. Fuel, parking, docks and camp sites are all available.

Henrys Lake • This legendary fishery is a high mountain lake nestled between, the Centennial Mountains and the HenryÍs Lake Mountains, is fed by numerous small streams and springs and is the kind of place fishermen dream about. HenryÍs Lake is 4.5 miles long by 3.5 miles wide and is a relatively shallow lake, only about 25 feet in the deepest spot. The shallow water and heavy weed growth make Henry's Lake a fly fisher's dream. Henrys Lake is probably the finest fly-fishing lake in Idaho. Much of its water comes from springs, and the lakeÍs rich aquatic growth provides tremendous nourishment for fish. Like Jackson Lake, HenryÍs Lake is a natural lake that was tripled in size by a dam. HenryÍs Lake State Park, the Lake, and the world famous HenryÍs Fork Rivers that starts from the lake are all named after explorer Major Andrew Henry, a famous trapper and mountain man.

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