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Heart Lake Fire

A new fire was discovered Thursday morning northeast of Heart Lake in the south central portion of Yellowstone National Park. The Heart Fire is just a tenth of an acre. It is about a mile from a patrol cabin. The two backcountry campsites and trails in the area remain open. The other active fire in the park is the Gibbon Fire, located in the backcountry 3 miles east of Madison Junction. It remains estimated at 6 acres. There have been 10 fires in Yellowstone this season.

Most of the smoke area visitors see and smell is not from any of these small fires; rather is from larger fires burning to the northwest outside of the Park.

Yellowstone National Park is part of a larger fire adapted ecosystem. Fire plays an important role in maintaining the health of the area’s wildlife habitat and vegetation.

Most fires occurring in the area are caused by lightning. These fires are managed to protect people and property, enhance the area’s natural resources where appropriate, allow natural processes to occur, and safely and effectively use available firefighting resources. Yellowstone National Park authorities do work to suppress all human-caused fires, focusing on reducing the risk to firefighters, the public and property.

Visitors are encouraged to be careful with campfires, smoking materials, and when operating any equipment with an open flame, which could create a spark, or which can generate heat like a vehicle muffler.

Updated information on fire conditions and any fire restrictions are available at area visitor centers and ranger stations and on the web at  http://www.nps.gov/yell.

 

Jackson Hole hosts ABC’s “Modern Family”

The hit television series Modern Family on ABC will be kicking off their season premier by filming the first episode of the season in Jackson Hole. The show is now in it’s third season and the episode will air September 21st.

Approximately 100 cast and crew members were in Jackson this past week to film the season premier. Cast and crew were shooting the episode at the Lost Creek Ranch in Moose, WY. According to the Jackson Hole News & Guide Co-producer Sally Young says the episode will be hilarious. The network wanted to take the LA based television family on a dude ranch vacation.

According to ABC, Modern Family’s season premier episode will air on September 21st. For more on the story visit the Jackson Hole News & Guide.

 

Shoshone Lake Overnight Kayak Trip

Shoshone Lake, the park’s second largest lake, is located entirely in the backcountry at the head of the Lewis River, southwest of West Thumb. The trip on Lewis and Shoshone lakes is one of the best wilderness experiences in Yellowstone. kayaking up the Lewis River Channel

On the first day, we paddle across Lewis Lake, then up the Lewis River Channel. This two-mile section of the Lewis River, which connects Lewis Lake to Shoshone Lake, has a gentle current over a gravel and sand bottom. We can paddle upstream for about a mile, then we may have to get out of our boats and tow our boats a short distance up the rest of the channel. Our boats will still float, but the current is just too strong to paddle against. Soon after we get to Shoshone Lake we make camp at a primitive campsite on the shore’s beaches.

Sunset Behind Camp

Once on Shoshone Lake we spend the night at a beautiful campsite, and the next day paddle through the channel staying in our boats moving downstream this time, and paddle across Lewis Lake to get back to the boat ramp by mid-afternoon.

Moonrise on Shoshone Lake

 

Jackson Hole Fire burning in Gros Ventre drainage

Jackson Hole’s first major wildfire of the season was burning on roughly 750 acres in the Gros Ventre drainage as of Monday morning.

The Red Rock Fire continues to ignite trees and other plants on the Bridger-Teton National Forest approximately 26-miles northeast of Jackson, Forest Service officials said in a statement issued late Sunday.

The lightning-caused fire was discovered Saturday at about 1:30 p.m. A strong thunderstorm blew through the valley that afternoon.

The blaze is currently burning in mixed conifer trees. The fire is located three-quarters of a mile east of the Crystal Creek trailhead near Alkali Creek.

Firefighters are letting the fire burn for the benefit of the landscape.

“The Bridger-Teton is a fire-adapted ecosystem,” Jackson District Ranger Dale Deiter said. “Fire plays an important role in maintaining the health of this area’s wildlife habitat and vegetation.”

On Sunday afternoon, the fire put off a large column of smoke behind Sleeping Indian, also known as Sheep Mountain.

The fire danger rating for the Bridger-Teton is listed as “high,” the middle of five fire danger ratings from “low” to “extreme.” A high fire danger means that the fine dead fuels ignite readily and fires start easily from most causes. Unattended brush and campfires are likely to escape.

For more information on the Red Rock Fire, visit www.tetonfires.com.

 

Yellowstone Cutthrout Reintroduced

Yellowstone cutthroat trout from the Le Hardy Rapids area are serving as stock for Wyoming Game and Fish to repopulate streams in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem.

Game and Fish officials are breeding Yellowstone cutthroats at two Wyoming fisheries for stocking in the state. The Billings Gazette has a story on efforts to stock Dead Indian Creek, which feeds the Clarks Fork of the Yellowstone River near the Box Canyon out of the Sunlight Basin, with these cutthroats. Cutthroats were native to streams like this, but over the years rainbow trout and nonnative trouts pushed aside the cutthroats.

It’s not an easy process. The tributary is long — running from North Absaroka Wilderness to the Clarks Fork Canyon — and is bisected by a falls; cutthroats were found above the falls but not below. Two years ago the creek was chemically treated below the falls to kill all fish. There’s evidence the cutthroats have moved below the falls to repopulate the now open area, but to speed things along the stocked cutthroats are being introduced. Most recently 900 cutthroats were released; eventually 5,400 will populate the creek.

 

Kayaking in Yellowstone in the Fall

Fall is a great time to visit Yellowstone National Park. The nights are colder, the leaves are all turning colors, the elk are bugling and all the wildlife are actively getting ready for winter. One of the absolute best ways to enjoy all the natural beauty of Yellowstone is by taking a backcountry kayak trip on Yellowstone Lake or Lewis and Shoshone Lakes.

Perfect conditions on Yellowstone Lake

 

Yellowstone Lake Kayaking with Bald Eagles

On one of our day trips last week we were able to paddle right underneath a mature Bald Eagle perched in a tree along the shore of Yellowstone Lake.

Kayaking by a Bald Eagle

 

Teton River Whitewater

The Teton River north of Driggs, Idaho drops into a beautiful basalt canyon beneath the potato fields, where there is plenty of wildlife and excellent class IV/V whitewater rapids! The entire Yellowstone Region, including Jackson Hole and Teton Valley has many great rivers still running late in to the season.

 

 

Volunteers sought for trail work in Yellowstone

Yellowstone National Park is looking for volunteers to do trail restoration work for National Public Lands Day.

Volunteers are needed from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 24 to install water bars to improve trail conditions on the Clear Lake-Ribbon Lake Loop Trail in the Canyon area. The work is strenuous and requires the use of shovels and picks, lifting heavy timbers and bags of rock, and working at high altitudes and in variable weather conditions, according to a news release from the park.

Space is limited to 20 volunteers. Volunteers are asked to register by Sept. 10. Free camping for volunteers is available at Norris Campground for Saturday night, Sept. 24. Those interested in volunteering for the trail project and obtaining the camping waiver are asked to email their names and phone numbers to YELL_Volunteer_Office@nps.gov or call 307-344-2729 and leave a voicemail with their name and phone number.

National Public Lands Day, which started in 1994, has become the nation’s largest single hands-on volunteer effort, according to the park.

Those who participate in a National Public Lands Day volunteer activity will receive a coupon good for a one-time free entrance to the federal public lands day area of their choice.

The project is part of the Greater Yellowstone Area’s National Public Lands Day event. To learn more about all of the projects available in the Greater Yellowstone Area visit the National Public Lands Day website at http://www.publiclandsday.org.
The National Park Service will waive park entrance fees on Saturday, Sept. 24, in conjunction with National Public Lands Day.

 

Kayaking in Yellowstone Pictures

Many thanks to Chris Landry for sharing  his photos of us kayaking on Yellowstone Lake.

Late afternoon kayaking on Yellowstone lake

Evening Solitude

Kayaking in the Late Day Sun

Yellowstone Lake Sunset Paddle

 

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