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Buela Lake Professional Review and Guide
"Buela Lake is a beautiful 107-acre backcountry lake that sits at 7,400 feet near the south end of Yellowstone National Park. The lake is surrounded by forested hills. Yellow pond lilies grow along its marshy south end, where a stream from Hering Lake feeds the lake. The outlet stream at the northwest end of Buela Lake forms the headwaters of Falls River. Access to the trailhead is through the John D. Rockefeller Jr. Memorial Parkway and Targhee National Forest. The well defined trail gently winds through lodgepole pines and parallels the western shoreline past two designated campsites."
--Robert Stone, Day Hikes in Grand Teton National Park (Day Hike Books).
This is a very nice hike. It is an even better hike and fish. If you like Yellowstone Cutthroat trout and like them big this is the place for you. It is not a difficult hike but I have two warnings. The first is mosquitos. They are very bad right around the edge of the lake. If you are going fishing get your wading gear and fishing tackle ready before you make the last little decent down to the lake and use lots of repellent. Then once you reach the lake wade right in. The are only around the lake and do not go out on the lake. The fishing is tremendous. The second warning is bears. We wear bells and bear spray. I have not seen a bear but have two freinds that have had close encounters. This would be a 5 star if not for the bugs and bears. With that said the fishing is so good it is worth it.
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