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Yellowstone Natl Park - Paddling the lake; hiking, camping from there

  • Sep 6, 2013 · 12:00 PM

Yellowstone Natl Park - Paddling the lake

Hiking & Camping from the shores as we travel the lake

Join us for part or all of this one week adventure (counting drive time up and back).

More details will be posted soon (after June 15 or so) but I wanted to get the dates out here early for pre-planning vacation time, etc purposes.

Just to get you excited, below is an excerpt from the web site link above

By Jim Gorman and Robert Earle Howells

Located about as far from any roadway as it’s possible to get in the lower 48, the Thorofare region of Yellowstone is the most remote and spectacular feature of America’s first national park. It’s here that the Yellowstone River feeds into Yellowstone Lake through a reedy delta of interwoven canals, forming an American version of Africa’s Okavango Delta. All the key players are on hand: bison, grizzlies, wolves, elk, moose, bald eagles, ospreys, sandhill cranes, trumpeter swans, and cutthroat trout. Amazingly, Yellowstone’s animal surplus wasn’t even the deciding factor in designating this chunk of the northern Rockies as parkland in 1872. Geothermal displays were the cause célèbre. But as the frontier vanished, and with it the megafauna, Yellowstone’s intact ecosystem has come to the fore.

Witnessing this wild kingdom requires stealth. For best results, glide into the Yellowstone River off of Yellowstone Lake’s Southeast Arm at dawn or dusk in a sea kayak. From a quiet eddy, with the snowcapped Absaroka Range reflected on the glassy surface, the margins between land, sky, and water disappear .  . . .


Part of getting ready for our trip will entail completing the YNP Backcountry Trip Planner. You can take a 1st look at that now.

The Beyond Road's End brochure tells us what we will and will not be allowed, by park regs to do. Please look this over.

Either a 2-person canoe or a 1 or 2-person sea kayak would be an appropriate boat for this trip.

If you have the 2 person canoe or kayak, I bet there will be a willing and compatible partner among those who attend this trip.

Looking the other way, please do not depend on any one providing a boat for you. If it looks like you can team up with someone who has a 2-seat boat; Great. However, please, line up a back-up plan for a boat just in case that person has to change plans at the last minute and leave you beached and out of this trip of a lifetime.

Here is the Park Service's general scoop on boating including info on renting boats if you do not have one or would rather not transport it 510 miles each way (if you are coming from GJ).

Here is a general map of the lake.


  • If you have paddled on Yellowstone Lake or other lakes in the YNP, I sure would like to pick your brain for info.
  • If you want to help plan this trip, please let me know that too.



Doug Van Etten[masked]

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    New photos added to Yellowstone trip.

    October 17, 2013

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    A former member

    Unbelievable, so beautiful,lots of fun!!!!

    September 14, 2013

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    September 14, 2013

  • Jeannie M.

    It looks like there will be 5 WSA adventures on the Yellowstone trip. Elaine Moore is a definite as well as the other 4 WSA members who have RSVP'd. Three of us are leaving GJ today, traveling towards our destination of Yellowstone Nat'l Park. We plan to arrive Yellowstone on Saturday and will be spend the better part of the coming week enjoying all that we can cram into 5 days. Two other WSA members will be leaving GJ on Sunday arriving Yellowstone on Monday. Will report in when we return to GJ.

    1 · September 6, 2013

  • Elizabeth B.

    Next year hope it's an annual event if not ill have to pick your brains to possibly go

    June 13, 2013

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    A former member

    Okay, my bad. I don't know if I''ll be able to take the time from a new job (If I have one by then, I sure hope so. ) But want to throw my hat in the ring on this trip.

    June 13, 2013

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