Shoshone Lake Via Canoe

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Shoshone Lake Via Canoe is a 29.8 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for camping and canoeing and is best used from June until August.

29.8 miles
406 feet
Out & Back






3 day guided canoe trip on a remote (no boat/car) lake in Yellowstone National Park which includes the most dense cluster of geothermal features in the world!

7 months ago

This was a 3 day guided canoe trip. If you enjoy disconnecting from civilization for a few days and seeing some wonderful sights without too much hiking, this is an excellent trip.

The first lake is great practice and leaving in the morning increases your odds of good weather. The river is pleasant but the last mile or so is tugging your canoe up a gentle currant as the water level is low. The first several hundred yards of this is fairly rocky, so good shoes are recommended. You make camp on Shoshone lake - there are only a dozen or so reserved campgrounds, so you have tons of space to yourself. On day 2 you head to the end of the lake where there is a very dense cluster of thermal features - very interesting stuff! You head back to camp. Day 3 is basically just heading back to where you started. Depending on the time of year (water level) you might even be able to stay in your canoe down the whole river.

We had a great guide who did the planning for us. I highly recommend finding a guide to do this trip as they'll know the ins and outs, which permits are needed, food, etc!