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Yellowstone Lake

Still Frozen. All the lakes in Grand Teton National Park have thawed, so it should just be a few more days before we can kayak in Yellowstone. Lots of rain yesterday, and warmer temperatures over the next few days will certainly help break up that ice. Yellowstone Lake usually begins to thaw in the West Thumb area first, and the wind pushes the remaining ice out to the main body of the lake. As soon as the ice breaks up along the shoreline, we can take our day trips and sunset paddles over to the West Thumb Geyser Basin.

Lewis Lake is always the last to open for kayaking in Yellowstone. Our overnight kayak trips on Lewis and Shoshone lakes wont start until mid-June.

 

Kayaking the Snake River

Hwy 89 through the Snake River Canyon reopened today. The road which connects Jackson Hole with Alpine, Wyoming has been closed for 2 weeks because of the landslide which covered the road. This is good news for the people who live in Star Valley, and for all rafters and kayakers in Jackson Hole. The Grey’s River in Alpine and the Snake can now be accessed easily from Jackson. With the road now cleared, just need some warm weather to get the river really high. It would be really fun to Kayak the Snake at flows higher than in 1997!

 

 

Kayak Yellowstone

Slightly warmer temperatures and more rain keep coming to the Yellowstone area causing rivers to keep rising. Kayaking the Yellowstone River outside the National Park, along with all the other rivers which drain the Yellowstone ecosystem is in prime season. Water levels everywhere are rising steadily, with peak flows still weeks away. The landslide on the Snake River near Jackson Hole, and flooded towns along the Yellowstone River are all results of one of the biggest snow years in recorded history.

 

Yellowstone Webcams

http://volcanoes.usgs.gov/yvo/images/webcam/mobile1/index.php

This portable and temporary webcam, installed by the Yellowstone Volcano Observatory, is currently installed at Lake Butte toward Steamboat Point, Mary Bay and the north shore of Yellowstone Lake. It updates hourly, is powered by solar energy, and will be moved to various places of interest relevant to geologic hazards at Yellowstone National Park. It shuts down nightly to conserve energy. This doesnt actually show close enough to see anyone Kayaking in Yellowstone, however it does show the current conditions.

 

 

Yellowstone Winter Use

Yellowstone National Park officials will hold six public meetings and two web seminars in June to discuss the park’s proposed winter-use plan. A proposal released earlier this month by the National Park Service would restrict the number of snowmobiles allowed in the park during the winter to a historically low of no more than 330 a day. The agency had been studying several options, ranging from 720 snowmobiles a day to an outright ban in trying to strike a balance for environmentalists and snowmobile enthusiasts. The Draft Environmental Impact Statement for the proposal will be open for public review and comment through July 18. Sea Kayaking in Yellowstone will not be affected by this proposal.

 

High Water Levels Cause Local Concern

Flood watches continue with more precipitation and runoff in the higher elevations. Mike Bues with the Bureau of Reclamation said Eastern Idaho’s reservoirs have just enough room to accommodate water levels right now, but if we get any sudden spike in temperature, that may not be the case. He said Blackfoot and Shelley are the places to watch for flooding. Also, a lot of the high flow is coming from the Henry’s Fork of the Snake River, which drains the southwest corner of Yellowstone National Park. Minor flooding along the Henry’s Fork is forecast to become moderate flooding as the river continues to rise near Rexburg. He said Jackson Lake is beyond its normal flood capacity, but Palisades still can be filled. Whitewater kayakers throughout the Jackson Hole and Yellowstone areas are taking advantage of the high water levels everywhere, especially on the Snake and Teton River.

 

West Thumb Geyser Basin

West Thumb

Our Day Paddles and Sunset Kayak Trips take you in to the West Thumb Geyser Basin, one of the most unassuming thermal areas in Yellowstone National Park. It features no major attraction like Old Faithful or Morning Glory, nor is it particularly active. Containing no continually erupting geysers, West Thumb is mostly a collective of hot pools and springs, varying in size and shape.

West Thumb is one of the must-see attractions of the park for its unpredictable nature and scenic locale on the shores of an amazing alpine lake. Unlike attractions such as Fountain Paint Pots or Norris Geyser Basin, there are not long lines of people milling around, providing you with a more relaxing experience. It’s a great place to take a relaxing stroll amidst the bubbling thermal water. None of the features are exactly legendary (save one), but they offer just as much as any other basin in the park. Some of the deeper pools, such as Black Pool and Abyss Pool, are just as, if not more, beautiful as Morning Glory. Some of the basin even extends into the neighboring lake, sometimes underwater until August. West Thumb also features Fishing Cone, which sits just ten or so feet away from the boardwalk in the middle of the lake. Kayaking in Yellowstone is a truly unique way to experience these amazing natural wonders.

Another great aspect of the basin is its location. Not only does it sit right next to Yellowstone Lake with a clear view of the mountains, it also sits between two of the biggest lodging hubs in the park: Old Faithful and Lake Hotel. Driving to West Thumb from Lake offers spectacular views of the lake, while the drive from Old Faithful takes you through a rugged mountain pass as well as over the Continental Divide. In addition, West Thumb is only a mile away from Grant Village, and a great stopping point if you’re driving to Grand Teton National Park as well.

 

Warming temps in Yellowstone Park

Warmer temperatures are creeping their way into Yellowstone for the weekend. The forecasts include some temps in the 60s — for the first time this spring — which could certainly muck up the proceedings. (With snow on the ground, a temp in the 60s still means plenty of chills. Bring warm clothing if you’re hitting the Park: temps at night are still around freezing.) Expect plenty of hazards on the roads: runoff freezes overnight and becomes an ice patch, rivers and streams flow past their banks, and trails and walkways are blocked by snow. You can also expect temporary road closures and delays while NPS crews deal with these circumstances.

 

Yellowstone roads are open

Access to Yellowstone National Park this spring has been an adventure, to say the least: snow slides have forced the closure of the Sylvan Pass this week, after slow slides forced the summoning of plows to clean up the mess.

It took National Park Service crews weeks to prep the East Entrance for an opening last week, as the heaviest snowpack in years made plowing a difficult chore, to say the least. At that time travelers were warned that conditions were good, but not great, and that travel could be impacted by changing conditions.

The Sylvan Pass, connecting Fishing Bridge and the East Entrance, was closed May 11 after the slides, one resulting in a debris field 70 yards wide and 20-30 feet deep across the road. Yellowstone National Park road crews work to clear four significant snow slides and more than 20 feet of snow; meanwhile, officials are also finding the heavy snowpack caused more damage in Park buildings as well.

 

 

A blanket of heavy melting snow in the park’s interior has also contributed to the roof collapse of the RV repair facility at Fishing Bridge and caused roof damage at the Grant Village Visitor Education Center.

 

You can expect a few more folks on the road, as the South Entrance is now open. It’s the last opening of the year, with all roads inside the Park accessible. Weather, too, plays a factor in folks from Jackson hoping to hit Yellowstone via Grand Teton National Park and the Rockefeller Highway: Heavy snowpack in Grand Teton is forcing NPS officials to monitor several locations for flooding. So expect a wet drive if you’re coming from the south.

 

The end of the month sees the last major regional opening when the Beartooth Highway opens for business on Memorial Day weekend.

The heavy snowpack, combined with consecutive days of mild spring temperatures, continue to deteriorate high-elevation conditions and are expected to delay the reopening of Sylvan Pass. The Sylvan Pass and the East Entrance will be open for business at 6 a.m. tomorrow (Wednesday) morning on a limited basis, as snow has been cleared from the roads, but folks could experience delays when the road narrows to one lane thanks to a washout.

Limited travel will be permitted through Sylvan Pass between the hours of 6 a.m. and 10 a.m. Visitors headed westbound into the park should leave Cody no later than 8:30 a.m.

Travelers headed east out of the park toward Pahaska Tepee and Cody need to be across Fishing Bridge by 9:15 a.m. There could also be delays because water from the melting snow has saturated the ground along and beneath a section of the East Entrance road east of Sedge Bay along the northeast shore of Yellowstone Lake. A section of the roadbed has washed out leaving approximately 60 feet of the eastbound lane unsafe for travel. This section of the road will be limited to one lane travel only with the traffic flow regulated by flaggers or automated traffic lights. Visitors can expect some temporary delays on this section of road for several weeks until extensive repairs can be made.

 

During the closure periods, the section of road between the East Entrance and a point just west of Lake Butte will be closed.

Why the limited hours? Safety. Park avalanche forecasters have determined that the safest travel window across the pass will be during those early morning hours between 6 a.m.
and 10 a.m. Forecasting staff are closely monitoring weather, snowpack, moisture and all of the complex factors that go into determining the safety of opening the road for public travel.

A limited travel window schedule is expected to remain in place until enough snow melts along and above Sylvan Pass to eliminate the avalanche hazard to those traveling on the East Entrance road.

 

Landslide closes Snake River Canyon

A landslide in the Snake River Canyon sent mud, rock and trees across highway 26/89 Saturday night, forcing the Wyoming Department of Transportation to close the corridor that connects Jackson Hole to Star Valley.

The Snake River slide began to encroach early Saturday morning onto the westbound lane of the highway at milepost 127, near a feature on the Snake River called Taco Hole. On Sunday, officials said the major commuter route could remain closed for the next several days. As of 2 p.m. Monday, the slide measured about 40 feet tall, 300 feet wide and 2,000 feet long.

It may be easier to go kayaking in Yellowstone than to access the kayaking in the Snake River.

 

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