Wyoming August 27, 2019
Yellowstone Lake In Wyoming Is A Beautiful Piece Of Living History
Did you know that one of the oldest lakes in the country is right here in Wyoming? The stunning and impressive Yellowstone Lake is a true piece of history. Learn all about this natural wonder below.
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Yellowstone Lake got its name during the American westward expansion, but it has been an important part of history and culture for thousands of years prior to Europeans finding this natural wonder.
It is the deepest high elevation lake in the country, and one of the most geologically important bodies of water in the world.
640,000 years ago, a magma chamber under Northwestern Wyomgin collapsed, forming the caldera that forms the basin of Yellowstone Lake.
There's evidence of the massive magma chamber underneath the Yellowstone Caldera to this day, and some have called it a "supervolcano".
Today, the lake is much smaller than it was when it was first formed. Back then, the water filled the Hayden Valley!
It also sits at a lower elevation, and is now on a tilted part of the Earth's crust. The shift in shape and size of the lake has led to beaches on the northern end of the lake.
When Americans began to settle in the Yellowstone Area, the lake was a central part of their plan. A hotel was built, and travelers took ferries and boats to avoid the bumpy and dangerous roads around the park.
Yellowstone Lake became a popular fishing and angling spot, too. Even though the lake was stocked with Atlantic salmon, Mountain whitefish and Rainbow trout during the early 1900s, the only species that have survived are the native cutthroat trout and non-native Lake trout. You can enjoy angling during the summer, but all cutthroat trout must be released.
Many people visit the West Thumb of the lake to see the geothermal activity that has become a hallmark of this region.
Geysers, hot pots, thermal springs, and other steamy features fill the region near the West Thumb's coast, and you can walk around this geyser basin thanks to the boardwalks installed by the park.
Yellowstone Lake is hundreds of thousands of years old, making it one of the oldest lakes in the country. Visit today to see just what surprises this caldera basin has in store.
Yellowstone is truly otherworldly, and a trip to the historic lake will show you just what wonders our Earth is hiding.
Address: Yellowstone Lake, WY, 82190
To learn more about the boating history on Yellowstone, read
The Story Of The Most Hated Man In Wyoming And His Rotting, Abandoned Ship.