United States Yellowstone Lake (YL) General Info

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Lewis Kemper

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Yellowstone Lake is the largest body of water in the park. The lake is situated at an elevation of 7,732 feet (2,357 m) above sea level and covers 136 square miles (350 km2). It has 141 miles (227 km) of shoreline of which only approximately 28 miles are accessible by car. It is the largest freshwater lake above 7,000 ft. (2,100 m) in North America. The lake is at least 320 feet (97.5 m) deep in the West Thumb area and has an average depth of 140 feet (42.7 m). The deepest part of the lake is near Stevenson Island and has recently been discovered to be 390 feet (118.8 m) deep. The lake is frozen for approximately half the year from late December to the end of May or beginning of June. This guide covers 6 lakeside Spots to view the lake and Lake Butte, an elevated view from a spur road on the East Entrance Road. Take the time to explore the lake from many vantage points described in the individual Spots.

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