We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
Want the lowest hotel prices? You're in the right place. We check 200+ sites for you.

Yellowstone Lake

Certificate of Excellence
Map
Satellite
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Get directions
Address: Grand Loop Road, Between Fishing Bridge and Grant Village, Yellowstone National Park, WY 82190
Phone Number:
+1 307-344-7381
Website
Description:

Yellowstone National Park's largest lake.

Book In Advance
More Info
US$175.00*
and up
Kayak Day Paddle on Yellowstone Lake
More Info
US$1,500.00*
and up
Yellowstone Lower Loop Full-Day Tour
More Info
US$56.95*
and up
Yellowstone Lower Loop Self Guided Driving Tour from Jackson Hole

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

Read all 1,345 reviews
Visitor rating
  • 829
    Excellent
  • 262
    Very good
  • 64
    Average
  • 9
    Poor
  • 1
    Terrible
Large Lake, but visit in the summer months if you want to see it.

We visited in May, and the lake was still frozen, so if this area of the park is high on your agenda, July might be a better time of the year to visit.

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 days ago
SharkTT
Add Photo Write a Review

1,345 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year
Language
  • More
Showing 1,165: English reviews
Level Contributor
7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We visited in May, and the lake was still frozen, so if this area of the park is high on your agenda, July might be a better time of the year to visit.

Helpful?
Thank SharkTT
Holland
Level Contributor
233 reviews
126 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 91 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We crossed the park from the west to the east and than you pass this lake. It is very big and sometimes there are geysers close to this lake. When we were there it was cold and very windy.

Helpful?
Thank punkmuts
Livermore, California
Level Contributor
65 reviews
58 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 December 2016

Yes it is ice cold in August but swim in the lake near the Bay Bridge Campground. The shoreline walk east of the campground has geologic features that confound the usual school presentation of "layers" ... worth a photo to prove that you are not crazy in describing them.

Helpful?
1 Thank Harry B
North Oxford, Massachusetts
Level Contributor
169 reviews
90 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 109 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 November 2016

Beautiful huge sprawling lake. Worth driving along and stopping to take pictures. Very impressive views.

Helpful?
Thank DoctorKnow85
Delhi
Level Contributor
178 reviews
121 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 November 2016

This lake is HUGE. Follow the road after Grant Village East, you can drive along the lake to another visitor center Lake is amazing. You cannot see the whole lake from one spot.

Helpful?
Thank sorabh
Level Contributor
141 reviews
76 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 November 2016 via mobile

We walked the Lake Geyser Basin trail just after sunrise with fog hanging over the Lake, and geysers/springs bubbling away. Made for great pictures! We caught a great photo of a lone bison drinking at the edge of the Lake from Fisherman's Bridge.

Helpful?
1 Thank Donna S
Shreveport, Louisiana
Level Contributor
235 reviews
154 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 76 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 November 2016

You can't see the whole lake from one spot though we had a pretty good one. I took several panoramic photos well worth the stop.

Helpful?
Thank ShadowAce888
Illinois
Level Contributor
143 reviews
53 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 107 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 November 2016 via mobile

The lake was far larger than I expected. Very pretty. We saw this on our Globus National Park Tour. The lake had some boats with a few small islands. We saw some people fishing.

Helpful?
Thank JohnandPam
Level Contributor
180 reviews
80 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 83 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 November 2016 via mobile

Went to Yellowstone and found ourselves on trails that went around the lake on several occasions. As the description says, this is the largest mountain lake west of the Mississippi and offers many spectacular views. I would advise finding trails along the rim of the lake and taking it all in. Specifically, we hit a trail close to sunset and... More 

Helpful?
Thank jackbauerTX
Richmond, Virginia
Level Contributor
320 reviews
191 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 155 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 November 2016

Sure, the rivers are important and scenic, but take a look at a map of Yellowstone National Park.. This lake has 110 miles of shoreline and covers 136 square miles. Its maximum length is 20 miles and maximum width is 15 miles. What can you say about an attraction that already has 800+ "excellent" reviews? It's a beautiful lake, viewed... More 

Helpful?
Thank urbanguy

Travellers who viewed Yellowstone Lake also viewed

Yellowstone National Park, WY
 
Yellowstone National Park, WY
Yellowstone National Park, WY
 

Been to Yellowstone Lake? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Questions & Answers

Here's what previous visitors have asked, with answers from representatives of Yellowstone Lake and other visitors
6 questions
Ask a question

See all questions (6)

Questions? Get answers from Yellowstone Lake staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do I have to buy a ticket for my infant?
  • How do I get there using public transportation?
  • Is there a restaurant or café onsite?