6-Day Yellowstone Lake
August 21 ~ 26 September 4 ~ 9
This is the ultimate Yellowstone kayaking trip. Yellowstone Lake is at the centerpiece of the 20 million-acre Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem, a region that also includes Grand Teton National Park and acreage from several other national forests, creating the world’s largest intact ecosystem in the northern temperate zone. The result is a virtual boreal Serengeti and an amazing concentration of wildlife that includes elk, moose, bison, wolves, and of course bear.
We begin on the eastern shore of Yellowstone Lake where we pack our kayaks with enough gear and supplies for six full days and five nights in the wilderness. Mornings in the South and Southeast arms of Yellowstone Lake dawn brilliantly clear, cold, and flat calm.
After a hot breakfast and a mug of steaming coffee, soon we are kayaking into the Yellowstone River’s wide delta. There is so much wildlife in this two-mile-long shoreline, a veritable kingdom of birds. You may never feel the urge to go farther. Paddling to the river mouth, through shallow water, with thousands of ducks and geese, and even a few trumpeter swans moving around us, while ospreys, bald eagles, and cormorants (to name a few) perched on tree snags or soared overhead. Floating silently offshore in our kayaks, we’ll count the moose loafing belly-deep in the weed beds or browsing the heavy willows closer to shore. Big bull elk also venture in to the lake, dipping their heads and massive racks underwater to come up with clumps of plants dangling from their mouths and pointed antlers.
Your guide will paddle with you 2 – 10 miles each day, to several different backcountry campsites, with 2 layover days where we can go paddling with empty kayaks and enjoy some beautiful day hikes without having to break down our tents and move camp. As we paddle towards Sedge Bay, hugging the shore through the entire South Arm and Southeast Arm of the lake, we share all our extensive knowledge of the area along the way. With numerous coves and inlets to explore, fascinating geology, excellent fishing, and superb hiking, your day will always be complete. Each evening, after a delicious, filling dinner, you have the opportunity to relax by the fire, recap the day’s discoveries, listen to the coyotes and wolves howl, and gaze at the stars the way the pioneers and Native Americans did hundreds of years ago, before dimmed by electric lights. Join us on this amazing wilderness adventure and see for yourself what few others have seen.