Lewis Lake Campground is a 1.1 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Gardiner, MT that features a lake and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, and camping and is accessible from May until September.
I have camped all just about every campground at least once and prefer the smaller ones the best
words can't describe how beautiful this park is. Truly a national treasure. The geysers are amazing!
Best to visit off season or early or late in the season. Very crowded, but nicely maintained relative to the traffic. Best to reserve or arrive very early for the nonreservable sites. Enjoyed the visit to Yellowstone.
We camped 3 nites in late October 2006 at the Lewis Lake Campground--nicely wooded and near the large lake. Just several campers present at the rather large site. Very cold 20's overnite (fortunately with no wind at all) and traces of a recent snowfall on the ground--BBBRRRRRRRR!!!--but the great part was the absence of crowds we feared ( but need not have had to) at this time of year! We felt we had the whole park (almost!) to ourselves! Old Faithful geyser was still attracting moderate crowds during the day, however, but we visited late at nite when absolutely no one was around (the big lodge had just closed for the season the nite before.) The geyser erupting in the moonlite was an unforgetable romanitic treat Linda and I will always cherish! We warmed up nightly and enjoyed a dinner at one of the 'old west' themed lodges across the Idaho border. What a treat! Being out in the elements magically turned routine conveniences of civilization into outright luxuries for us! Another venture we particularly enjoyed was a dip in the 'Boiling River" just outside the north entrance of the park, supposedly located right on or near the imaginary 'mid way parrallel' between the north pole and equater. However, this area may be ecologically fragile, and we caution against disturbing it as little as possible!