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Fishing Bridge is a vehicle and pedestrian bridge that crosses the Yellowstone River at the point where it empties into Yellowstone Lake. Join other visitors on the bridge to spot schools of cutthroat trout and admire the landscapes of the national park. Fishing Bridge began its existence as a log crossing in 1902 and was rebuilt in its present form in 1937.
The water that runs beneath the bridge creates important spawning grounds for cutthroat trout. Fishing was once popular here but prohibited in 1973 due to a declining population of fish. The bridge is now a great place to observe the fish, most notably during the breeding season in late spring. Lake trout also inhabit the waters. Watch for birds, such as bald eagles and pelicans, preying on the fish.
Enjoy the views from the bridge itself or get closer to the water by walking down steps at either end. The steps lead to walkable sections of the lakeshore and riverbanks. In all directions are areas of thick conifer forests, rolling landscapes and tall mountain peaks. Watch and listen for grizzly bears roaming in the forests.
A short walk from the bridge is Fishing Bridge Visitor Center, which is open from late May until early October. Find a taxidermy exhibit of bears, eagles and trumpeter swans, among other Yellowstone wildlife. Attend one of the ranger-led talks held at the center’s amphitheater. A trail connects the building with a sandy beach ideal for taking relaxed walks around Yellowstone Lake.
Reach the bridge by driving about 40 minutes south from Canyon Village. It’s one of the major landmarks on the Grand Loop Road, a scenic route accessible during the summer months. A gas station, general store and motorhome park are adjacent to the bridge.
Fishing Bridge is open to road traffic from May to October only. Fish in the lake with a permit, but be aware that you must release any cutthroat trout you catch back into the water. The lake freezes over in winter.
Situated on the waterfront, this historic hotel is 2.1 mi (3.4 km) from Fishing Bridge and within 9 mi (15 km) of Storm Point Trail and Hayden Valley. Dragon's Mouth Springs and Mud Volcano are also within 9 mi (15 km).
Situated on the waterfront, this hotel is 1.6 mi (2.6 km) from Fishing Bridge and within 9 mi (15 km) of Storm Point Trail and Dragon's Mouth Springs. Mud Volcano and Hayden Valley are also within 9 mi (15 km).
Situated in a national park, this lodge is within 3 mi (5 km) of Grand Canyon of Yellowstone, Inspiration Point, and Lower Yellowstone Falls. Upper Yellowstone Falls is 2.3 mi (3.7 km) away.
Situated on the waterfront, this hotel is 0.7 mi (1.2 km) from Grant Village Campground and within 6 mi (10 km) of Abyss Pool and West Thumb Geyser Basin. Yellowstone Caldera and Lone Star Geyser are also within 20 mi (32 km).
Situated in Wapiti, this hotel is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Shoshone National Forest and 2.2 mi (3.6 km) from Yellowstone National Park East Entrance. Sleeping Giant Winter Sports Area is 1.5 mi (2.5 km) away.
Situated in a national park, this lodge is within a 10-minute walk of Old Faithful Visitor Education Center and Old Faithful. Castle Geyser and Grand Geyser are also within 2 mi (3 km).
Situated in a national park, this historic hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Old Faithful and Castle Geyser. Grand Geyser is 0.7 mi (1.1 km) away.
Situated in Yellowstone National Park, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Old Faithful and Castle Geyser. Grand Geyser is 1.2 mi (1.9 km) away.
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