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Fishing Bridge

Watch fish swim along the Yellowstone River, enjoy views of emerald green forests and see the mountains of Yellowstone National Park. 

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.


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Lake Hotel and Cottages - Inside the Park
Lake Hotel and Cottages - Inside the Park

Lake Hotel and Cottages - Inside the Park

235 Yellowstone Lake Rd, Yellowstone National Park, WY
     
    3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    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).

    Lake Lodge Cabins - Inside the Park
    Lake Lodge Cabins - Inside the Park

    Lake Lodge Cabins - Inside the Park

    459 Lake Village Rd, Yellowstone National Park, WY
       
      2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

      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).

      Canyon Lodge & Cabins - Inside the Park
      Canyon Lodge & Cabins - Inside the Park

      Canyon Lodge & Cabins - Inside the Park

      41 Clover Ln, Yellowstone National Park, WY
         
        3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        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.

        Pahaska Tepee Resort ¥18,452
        Pahaska Tepee Resort

        Pahaska Tepee Resort

        183 North Fork Highway, Pahaska, Wapiti, WY
           
          2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

          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.

          Grant Village - Inside the Park
          Grant Village - Inside the Park

          Grant Village - Inside the Park

          24 Rainbow Loop, Yellowstone National Park, WY
             
            2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

            Situated on the waterfront, this hotel is 0.7 mi (1.2 km) from Grant Village Campground and within 25 mi (40 km) of Yellowstone National Park South Entrance and Moose Falls. Grand Teton National Park and John D. Rockefeller Jr Memorial Parkway are also within 32 mi (52 km).

            Old Faithful Snow Lodge & Cabins - Inside the Park
            Old Faithful Snow Lodge & Cabins - Inside the Park

            Old Faithful Snow Lodge & Cabins - Inside the Park

            2051 Snow Lodge Ave, Yellowstone National Park, WY
               
              2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

              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 1 mi (2 km).

              Old Faithful Inn - Inside the Park
              Old Faithful Inn - Inside the Park

              Old Faithful Inn - Inside the Park

              3200 Old Faithful Inn Rd, Yellowstone National Park, WY
                 
                2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                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.

                Old Faithful Lodge & Cabins
                Old Faithful Lodge & Cabins

                Old Faithful Lodge & Cabins

                725 Old Faithful Lodge Rd, Yellowstone National Park, WY
                   
                  0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  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.