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.
You might want to start at Grant and Go to Sedge. We did it in 8 days with 2 days as extra layover days etc. You could also get a boat drop in the S.E or SW arm of the lake and paddle out/back etc. It will cost you but you can do it. I think starting at Sedge you will have a lot of head wind. It can blow up around noon until eve and would be headon with you.
I think one day to the bottom of the lake is a long day but doable. I paddled two days out from the SE arm at the bottom to Sedge with 5-broken ribs due to a fall and paddled only on the left side for 2-days.
There are many nice camps with views. I dont have my camp numbers or spots in front of me but if you have an itin let me know and i can comment on it.
Ive seen the lake calm as glass and have crossed mid way down the Promotory to explore. Good hiking down there too from the bottom into the upper reaches of the Yellowstone River which you cannot paddle on.
Send me your email and I will forward some photos to you of our camps etc.
FIshing is good. YOU cannot keep any Cuttthroat Trout since they are being killed off by the Lake Trout. I think you are allowed to catch and are expected to kill all Lake Trout as they are non native. We caught many 20-28 inch 8 lb cutts using spinners etc.
There is a ranger station down in the bottom if you need any help.
Let me know your emaiil or any other ?
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