Feeling Nature's Raw Power in Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming
Known primarily for its geysers, wildlife, canyons, and waterfalls, Yellowstone National Park has another unique geological feature: the largest alpine lake in North America. At an elevation of 7,732 feet above sea level, Yellowstone Lake sits higher than the larger, sub-alpine Lake Tahoe of California-Nevada and covers 136 square miles, with a shoreline stretching 110 miles, and its depth reaching 390 feet (where geothermal vents have been detected!). Boaters and anglers must always be aware for sudden storms, which can quickly generate whitecaps and swells up to 3 feet high. During the summer monsoon season, lightning storms are common and make for quick dashes back to marinas. Several "arms" of the lake are off limits to motorized watercraft, giving paddlers large areas for quiet wildlife viewing. Cabins and hotels are inside Lake Village.