Fishing Bridge

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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 Yellowstone Hotel & Cabins - Inside the Park
Lake Yellowstone Hotel & Cabins - Inside the Park
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235 Yellowstone Lake Rd, Yellowstone National Park, WY, 82190
Stay at this 3-star historic hotel in Yellowstone National Park. Enjoy free parking, breakfast, and a 24-hour front desk. Popular attractions Fishing Bridge ...
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"Went at shoulder season, late September to October 2. Food was terrible, they weren’t replenishing items due to end of season. They would say they didn’t have butter at dinner for bread, but had it at breakfast. They use their closing as an excuse for many things that were sub par. The price was ..."

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Lake Lodge Cabins - Inside the Park
Lake Lodge Cabins - Inside the Park
2.5 out of 5
459 Lake Village Rd, Yellowstone National Park, WY, 82190
Stay at this business-friendly hotel in Yellowstone National Park. Enjoy free parking, breakfast, and daily housekeeping. Popular attractions Fishing Bridge ...
3.9/5 Very Good! (12 reviews)
Beautiful lake views
"Nice cabin, right in the park. Close to the restaurant and beautiful views of the lake!"

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Canyon Lodge & Cabins - Inside the Park
Canyon Lodge & Cabins - Inside the Park
3 out of 5
41 Clover Ln, Yellowstone National Park, WY, 82190
Stay at this 3-star business-friendly lodge in Yellowstone National Park. Enjoy free parking, 2 restaurants, and breakfast. Our guests praise the clean rooms ...
3.6/5 Good! (631 reviews)
"Liked everything."

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