Yellowstone Lake Grant Village to Bodego Bay

Grant Village, Wyoming

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This trip is a wonderful way to explore the south shore of the West Thumb and the long, sandy beaches at Breeze Point. It gives you just a hint of the seclusion offered by the Flat Mountain Arm. Be aware of afternoon winds and accompanying waves, precautions for food storage in bear country. Attractions include sandy beaches (especially at Breeze Point and Wolf Point), bird watching, and a glimpse in the Flat Mountain Arm. This trip offers a big lake paddling experience with a look at the upper reaches of the Flat Mountain Arm, the smallest of Yellowstone Lake’s three arms. Over this three-day trip, you stay at two different campsites, the second of which is in the northeastern portion of the arm. Review trip 4 for details of the West Thumb portion of this trip and the initial paddle into Yellowstone Lake. When departing from the launch at Grant Village, be sure to look north to the thermal basin. If the morning is cool, large amounts of steam will be rising and lit by the sun rising in the east. Waters are generally calm in the morning and the 5-mile paddle around West Thumb can be very relaxing and a nice warm-up.

Yellowstone Lake: Grant Village to Bodego Bay Professional Review and Guide

"This trip is a wonderful way to explore the south shore of the West Thumb and the long, sandy beaches at Breeze Point. It gives you just a hint of the seclusion offered by the Flat Mountain Arm. Be aware of afternoon winds and accompanying waves, precautions for food storage in bear country. Attractions include sandy beaches (especially at Breeze Point and Wolf Point), bird watching, and a glimpse in the Flat Mountain Arm.

This trip offers a big lake paddling experience with a look at the upper reaches of the Flat Mountain Arm, the smallest of Yellowstone Lake’s three arms. Over this three-day trip, you stay at two different campsites, the second of which is in the northeastern portion of the arm. Review trip 4 for details of the West Thumb portion of this trip and the initial paddle into Yellowstone Lake. When departing from the launch at Grant Village, be sure to look north to the thermal basin. If the morning is cool, large amounts of steam will be rising and lit by the sun rising in the east. Waters are generally calm in the morning and the 5-mile paddle around West Thumb can be very relaxing and a nice warm-up."

Activity Type: Flatwater Kayaking & Canoeing
Nearby City: Grant Village
Distance: 27
Skill Level: Moderate to Difficult
Duration: 3 days
Season: June through September
Local Contacts: Yellowstone National Park, 307-344-2107
Local Maps: USGS West Thumb, Dot Island, Mt. Sheridan, and Heart Lake
Driving Directions: Directions to Yellowstone Lake: Grant Village to Bodego Bay

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