Boating in Yellowstone National Park
Motorized boats are allowed only on Lewis Lake and Yellowstone Lake. Kayaking or canoeing is allowed on all park lakes except Sylvan Lake, Eleanor Lake, Twin Lakes, and Beach Springs Lagoon; however, most lakes are inaccessible by car, so accessing the park's lakes requires long portages. Boating is not allowed on any park river, except for the Lewis River between Lewis Lake and Shoshone Lake, where nonmotorized boats are permitted.
You must purchase a seven-day, $5 permit for boats and floatables, or a $10 permit for motorized boats at Bridge Bay Ranger Station, South Entrance Ranger Station, Grant Village Backcountry Office, Lewis Lake Ranger Station (at the campground). Nonmotorized permits are available at the Northeast entrance, West Yellowstone Information Center; backcountry offices at Mammoth, Old Faithful, and Canyon; Bechler Ranger Station; and locations where motorized permits are sold. Annual permits are also available for $20.
Boat permits issued in Grand Teton National Park are honored in Yellowstone, but owners must register their vessel in Yellowstone and obtain a no-charge Yellowstone validation sticker from a permit issuing station.
Outfitters and Expeditions
Bridge Bay Marina. Watercraft, from rowboats to powerboats, are available for trips on Yellowstone Lake at Bridge Bay Marina. You also can rent 22- and 34-foot cabin cruisers with a guide. Grand Loop Rd., 2 miles south of Lake Village, Lake area, Yellowstone National Park, WY, 82190. 307/344–7311. www.xanterra.com/what-we-do/activities/. $88/hr for guided cruisers for fishing or sightseeing; $10/hr for rowboat; $47/hr for small boat with outboard motor. June–early Sept., daily 8:30–8:30.
Yellowstone Lake Scenic Cruises. Yellowstone Lake Scenic Cruises take visitors on one-hour cruises aboard the Lake Queen II. The vessel makes its way from Bridge Bay to Stevenson Island and back. Reservations are strongly recommended. Bridge Bay Marina, Lake area, Yellowstone National Park, WY. 307/344–7311. www.xanterra.com/what-we-do/activities/. Cruises $15. Late May–mid-Sept., daily 8:30 am–8:30 pm.
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