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Hike-in Required
No
Open Year-round
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ADA accessible
No
Guided tours
No
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Yellowstone Lake is the largest lake in Yellowstone National Park, and at 7,732 feet of elevation, it is also the largest lake in North America over 7,000 feet. The lake itself has over 110 miles of shoreline and many scenic places to stop and take in the park.

One of the finest places to stop along the shore is Gull Point, which offers a short walk (less than a half mile) along the beach and through some old-growth forest. There is also a day use area for picnics and restrooms. The unique rocky shores of the lake were deposited by the glacial till from the most recent glacial retreat 13,000 years ago. The mixtures of grain types can prevent water percolation and is the source of some of the marshy areas around the lake, including the small marsh at Gull Point.

Views from Gull Point reach across the lake to Stevenson Island and the Absaroka Range on the far side of Yellowstone Lake. Several peaks exceeding 10,000 feet can be seen from here, including Mount Stevenson, Top Notch Peak, Hoyt Peak, Avalanche Peak, Silvertip Peak and more.

Logistics + Planning

Preferable season(s)

Spring
Summer
Fall

Congestion

Low

Parking Pass

National Park Pass

Pros

Accessible. Not crowded. Great view.

Cons

None.

Pets allowed

Not Allowed

Features

Big vistas
Old-growth forest

Location

Field Guide

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