I would like to know if anyone here has paddled to the south end of Yellowstone Lake? A friend and me are planning a trip to the Thorofare next summer and would appreciate any advice or information.
I've been paddling in Yellowstone and the Grand Tetons for a few years now. My wife and I own recreational kayaks so we usually hug the shorelines and take our time so this would be something new. I know how rough Yellowstone Lake can be on a windy afternoon but all of my experience there has been in the West Thumb, the good side of the lake as far as wind goes.
I'm not a tri-athlete or anything like that, but I think I'm reasonably fit for my age (late 50s). And I've never even paddled a real touring kayak but have found a place in Jackson that rents them. But I would also love to have an excuse to buy one, so this could be it.
We would probably embark from Sedge Bay. My map shows that's 18 miles from the south end of the South Arm.
So far starters, it is reasonable to think we could do that in a day?
There's no open water crossings on our route but we would be on the wrong side of the lake if the wind kicks up, so that's something that has me concerned.
So, does anyone have any thoughts to share?
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Posted by: paddletothesea on Aug-20-13 4:34 PM (EST)
Ive paddled on it a few times including an 8-dayer along the whole south shore from West Thumb/Grant Village to Sedge Bay---the roadless section. You made the comment that "we usually follow the shore so this would be something new"....well absolutely just the opposite!! You will still hug the shore the whole way as its the safest, most scenic and more effiecient than NOT staying close to shore.
Paddling to the Yellowstone Thorofare|
Posted by: McInnis on Aug-20-13 8:14 PM (EST)
Thanks for the reply!
Posted by: paddletothesea on Aug-21-13 11:35 AM (EST)
We just left out boats at the site when we went hiking etc. I will check on the status of the ranger station, i have friends that work in the park etc.
Posted by: paddletothesea on Aug-22-13 6:37 PM (EST)
It is sporadic that the rangers are at the station etc. Maybe once a week if that.
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Posted by: ppine on Aug-25-13 12:54 PM (EST)
Yellowstone Lk is colder, rougher, and more remote than most lakes in the lower 48. I would stay even closer than usual to the shoreline. The Plateau is relatively open and subject to mountain-valley winds, differential surface heating, and large scale fronts. It is a windy place. Paddle early in the day. Plan for layover days. With no wind, 18 miles is a long day on flat water with loaded boats for most people. Add some wind and you will need the long daylight of summer days to make 18 miles.
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Posted by: Beaverjack on Aug-30-13 9:00 PM (EST)
Take a trip to shoshone lake. Stay along the south shore of Lewis lake, up Lewis channel, and into Shoshone. Camp there and fish for trout. Stay off the lakes after noon or so.
Posted by: McInnis on Sep-07-13 10:58 AM (EST)
I did paddle up Lewis Channel last year for a day trip. I went as far as I could before the water got too shallow in to paddle, so I hiked the rest of the way to Shoshone.