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  Yellowstone National Park
  Posted by: WaterBug on Aug-06-11 7:41 PM (EST)

The greatest cause of death in Yellowstone Park is not the bears or hot water or lightning or avalanches...……it's Yellowstone Lake according to the book "Death in Yellowstone".

The water is COLD (40-50 degrees midsummer) and after a few minutes in the water hypothermia sets in rapidly. Prevailing southwesterly winds each afternoon can produce waves 5-6 feet high. The park even had a park ranger die of hypothermia after his kayak capsized in 1994.

I've paddled Yellowstone Lake, Lewis and Shoshone Lakes…..gorgeous paddling!!! Just be prepared… your research!!!!


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