Lakes, Rivers & Waterfalls
Although the geothermal features are the primary draw for visitors to Yellowstone National Park, Yellowstone rivers, lakes and magnificent waterfalls certainly create an impression.
- Bechler River: In the southwest corner of the park, this river has a number of small waterfalls and offers great backcountry access.
- Firehole River: Known for great fishing and a fun swimming hole, the Firehole is located in the western stretches of the park.
- Gallatin River: From the northwest corner of the park, the Gallatin flows north through the Gallatin Canyon and Big Sky Montana.
- Gibbon Falls: Beautiful 80 foot falls that can be seen right from the road.
- Heart Lake: This backcountry lake provides an idyllic destination for a multi-day hike.
- Kepler Cascades: Often overlooked by nearby Old Faithful, don't miss this three-step cascade that falls 50 feet.
- Lamar River: Superb fishing and a huge wildlife habitat in northeast Yellowstone.
- Lewis Falls: 30 foot falls easily visible from the road.
- Lewis Lake: Boating, kayaking, fishing, camping, and hiking are all activities you can enjoy at Lewis Lake.
- Lewis River: Hiking trails and up river kayaking are probably the biggest draws to this river.
- Lower Falls: Almost twice as high as Niagara Falls, don't miss a visit to the Lower Falls in the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone.
- Madison River: Flowing out the park's West Entrance, the Madison offers great fishing both within the park and in Madison Valley.
- Moose Falls: Just a short jaunt off the South Entrance Road.
- Mystic Falls: Follow the Mystic Falls Trail from Biscuit Basin to catch a glimpse of this 70-foot fall.
- Shoshone Lake: This backcountry lake is the largest in the park. Hike or kayak in and stay the night at a backcountry campsite.
- Undine Falls: This two-tiered waterfall is 110 feet tall and easily accessible from Mammoth Hot Springs.
- Upper Falls: Although much smaller than Lower Falls, Upper Falls are an impressive piece of the Grand Canyon.
- Yellowstone Lake: This huge lake is at the center of much park activity including boating, scenic cruises, lakeside geothermal features, trails, camping, and lodging.
- Yellowstone River: Flowing all the way through Yellowstone, the Yellowstone River offers great fishing and is responsible for carving the Grand Canyon.
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- Fishing Guides / Shops
- Kayak, Canoe & SUP
- Scenic Float Trips
- Whitewater Rafting
- Yellowstone Lake
- Snake River
- Yellowstone River
- Upper Falls
- Lower Falls
- Heart Lake
- Madison River
- Lewis River
- Firehole River
- Lewis Lake
- Shoshone Lake
- Lamar River
- Bechler River
- Gibbon Falls
- Moose Falls
- Lewis Falls
- Undine Falls
- Tower Fall
- Gibbon River
- Kepler Cascades
- Gardner River
- Mystic Falls
- Gallatin River
- Fall River
- Slough Creek
- Green River Lakes
Beautiful series of lakes near Pinedale, Wyoming.
- Hyalite Reservoir
One of Bozeman Montana's greatest resources - recreation and camping with a GORGeous backdrop!
- Red Rock Lakes
Wildlife refuge located west of Yellowstone National Park.
- Teton River
The Teton River flows from the west side of the Teton Mountain Range.