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Fishing Bridge crowns the northern tip of Yellowstone Lake, the country's largest high-elevation lake at a little more than 7,700 feet.
Fishing Bridge gains its name from a 1902 bridge that once served as Yellowstone's most popular angling location. During Yellowstone's early history crowds of fishermen would inundate this small fishing hole, which was popular for cutthroat trout. Fishing is now limited to "catch and release" recreation.
Camping at Fishing Bridge is limited to RV-camping for hard-sided vehicles. Bear activity in the area of the lake makes tent-camping impractical.
Two hotels are located at nearby Lake Village, including the Lake Yellowstone Hotel, erected by Pacific Railroad in 1891. The ornate Colonial architecture, which was designed by architect Robert C. Reamer (known for his design of the inn at Old Faithful), is evidence of Yellowstone's increasing popularity through the years: In 1903 Reamer was hired to transform the original, rudimentary railroad structure into a destination hotel more befitting Yellowstone's early 20th century popularity. The hotel has received several subsequent upgrades and is still one of the park's more popular hotel destinations.
The area surrounding Fishing Bridge is, like many parts of Yellowstone, a jumble of historic and natural wonders. It also is the site of one of Yellowstone's most recent volcanic eruptions some 600,000 years ago.
There are a number of trails and natural attractions in the area: Natural Bridge, an outcropping of rhyolite lava that was carved by erosion thousands of years ago can be reached by trail from Bridge Bay. A list of other trails and geologic sites is available at the Fishing Bridge visitor center.
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The Concise Visitor's Guide to Yellowstone by Matt Bolton. Sized perfectly for backpacks this guide offers specifics on food, what to see, children's activities, weather, wildlife, seasonal road closures, ranger programs, visitor centers, what differentiates each section of the park and more. Filled with information, phone numbers, web sites, and detailed maps this is the tool to use when planning a trip to Yellowstone. Order now...
Moon Spotlight Yellowstone National Park by Don Pitcher. 80-page compact guide covering must-see attractions and maps with sightseeing highlights. This lightweight guide is packed with recommendations on sights, entertainment, shopping, recreations, accommodations, food, and transportation, as well as easy-to-read maps. Order now...
National Geographic Park Profiles: Yellowstone Country by Seymour L. Fishbein. Yellowstone Country tours the stunning region that includes Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks, a mosaic of national forests, wilderness areas, wildlife refuges, countless waterfalls, hot springs and two-thirds of the world's active geysers. Order now...
Yellowstone National Park Pocket Guide (Falcon Pocket Guides Series) by Ann Simpson and Rob Simpson. Yellowstone National Park Pocket Guide is an information-packed, pocket-size guide that helps visitors get the most out of their park visit in a unique, convenient, and portable package. Order now...
Yellowstone Treasures by Janet Chapple. Easy-to-understand scientific explanations and diagrams complement detailed travel tips. This revised edition includes 270 pages of road logs and enhanced information for senior and disabled visitors and tips for visiting the park with children. Fully revised geological, historical, and practical information. Order now...
Insiders' Guide to Yellowstone and Grand Teton, 7th Edition by Brian Hurlbut and Seabring Davis. With this guide discover the best outdoor activities, lodging, dining, and entertainment offerings in the Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks areas. Order now...
The Rough Guide to Yellowstone & Grand Teton by Stephen Timblin. This guide is packed with full-colour photos, detailed maps, reviews on every single restaurant and lodge within Yellowstone and Grand Teton, and comprehensive looks at the Parks' various gateway towns. The guide also takes a detailed look at hiking, with two full chapters dedicated to the best hikes found in each park. Order now...
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