Yellowstone Lakes, Rivers & Waterfalls

Yellowstone Lake with Hotel and Dot Island

Yellowstone Lake with Hotel and Dot Island

Although Yellowstone’s geothermal features are the main draw, there are also rivers which feature waterfalls and Yellowstone Lake, the largest mountain lake in North America.

Quake Lake. Photo by Gloria Wadzinski

1959 Earthquake forms Quake Lake West of Yellowstone

On Aug. 17, 1959 a 7.3 magnitude earthquake devastated Hebgen Lake, Montana, killing 28 people and creating Quake Lake Read More...

Upper Falls in Grand Canyon of Yellowstone

3 Waterfalls of the Grand Canyon of Yellowstone

Thanks to the Yellowstone River, tourists to the Grand Canyon of Yellowstone have three spectacular sights in the Lower, Upper and Crystal Falls. Read More...

Scenic Cruiser on Yellowstone Lake. Photo by NPS

8 Questions About Yellowstone Lake

How big is Yellowstone Lake? How deep is it? Is it natural? and answers to other questions about the largest lake in our America’s first national park. Read More...

Fairy Falls. Photo by C. Sagan

Fairy Falls Trail to Imperial Geyser in Yellowstone

See an incredible waterfall and two geysers along this hike off the Grand Loop Road, although access has changed because of trail construction. Read More...

Jackson Lake with the Tetons in the background. Photo by Jeff Vanuga

Lakes in the Greater Yellowstone Area

Enjoy the different lakes of Grand Teton Park, Cody Wyoming, Wind River Country, and the Flaming Gorge. Read More...

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Mysterious Sounds like Whispers on Lake Yellowstone

What are the strange sounds? Some talk about ghosts and lost-at-lake souls. A paranormal investigator and Yellowstone’s historian talks about the mystery. Read More...

Yellowstone's Boiling River Swimming Area. Photo by NPS Jim Peaco

Swim in Yellowstone’s Boiling River

Find out exactly how to get to Yellowstone’s Boiling River and the rules and regulation for this hot spring near the Mammoth area of the park. Read More...

The Yellowstone River above the Upper Falls

The Untamed Yellowstone River

The Yellowstone River winds its way through Yellowstone National Park, including sections with crashing waterfalls and areas of calm, lazy flow. As the only undammed river in the lower 48 states, it courses 692 miles through Wyoming, Montana and North Dakota. Read More...

Tower Fall in Yellowstone

Tower Fall is Beautiful, Accessible Waterfall in Yellowstone

Located in the northeastern part of Yellowstone near Tower Junction, the fall plunges a stunning 132 feet past pinnacles that surround it. Read More...

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Uncle Tom’s Trail Hike to Lower Falls in Yellowstone

This steep but wonderful trail takes you from the top of Yellowstone’s Grand Canyon to the base of the 308-foot-high Lower Falls. It’s strenuous going down 500 feet, but less so than in 1905 when Uncle Tom lowered you by rope. Read More...

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View a Waterfall in Yellowstone

Waterfalls in the Yellowstone Park area are abundant. There are close to 300 Yellowstone waterfalls. Read More...

West Thumb Geyser Basin, Yellowstone Lake

Yellowstone Lake – Where Fire Meets Ice

Compared to Old Faithful, Yellowstone Lake seems fairly dull, but appearances can be deceiving. There’s a dome as big as 7 football fields and lava spires. Read More...

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Yellowstone Lake by the Numbers

All the numerical facts about the lake such as square miles and depth. Read More...

Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone Lower Falls from Artist Point.

Yellowstone’s Artist Point Name Was a Mistake

Many people think that this was the spot where famous artist Thomas Moran painted. Yellowstone Park photographer F. Jay Haynes thought the same thing. Read More...

The Boiling River Hot Spring near the Gardner River in Yellowstone's Mammoth Area.

Yellowstone’s Boiling River Heating Up

The Boiling River is too hot to swim in this year. However, where it meets the Gardner River, cool water may dilute the hot spring water enough to be safe. Read More...

Gibbon Falls in Yellowstone

Yellowstone’s Gibbon Falls

Located on the Gibbon River, the falls drop roughly 84 feet in a gradual descent. Read More...