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Shoshone Lake: Lewis Lake to east end of Shoshone Lake Professional Review and Guide
"This trip crosses Lewis Lake, travels up the Lewis River Channel and along the south shore of Shoshone Lake to one of several possible campsites. Be aware of wind and waves on Lewis and Shoshone lakes, obstacles and current on the Lewis River Channel, precautions for food storage in bear country. Attractions include Lewis Lake with its sandy beaches and small thermal basin, fishing, wildlife viewing, and Shoshone Lake."
--Don Nelson, Paddling Yellowstone & Grand Teton National Parks (Falcon Guides).
This is a fabulous canoe trip. Lots of misquitoes this year.
The wind across Lewis lake to get to the channel created some difficulty. Waves occasionally managed to reach over the side of the canoe and often managed to get both of us in the canoe wet. The channel is beautiful, has excellent fishing and an abundance of water foul for the entire duration. Stopping on sandbars provides a still photo into wildlife population through tracks. Elk, blackbear, duck, and moose tracks all cross paths in some places. The last mile and a half of the channel is a portage directly up the river which never reaches deeper than waist deep. The water was just cold in early June, as expected, but waders weren't necessary. The campsites are classic Yellowstone quality: high bearpoles, flat tentsites, close water sources, and easy access from the shore. The other Yellowstone trait that can always be counted on came out in force: mosquitos. The trip back to the boat dock at Lewis lake took about 3 1/2 hours at a medium pace with a long break where the channel empties into Lewis lake. A grand 2-3 day trip for most abitlity levels.
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