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RV Life Magazine: Yellowstone Lake’s history and legends

From the writers at RV Life Magazine.

When we drove into Yellowstone National Park on May 25, 2014, Yellowstone Lake was frozen solid. I said, “That will not thaw all summer!”

But it did—by mid June, blue waters of the largest body of water in Yellowstone National Park and the largest freshwater lake above 7,000 feet in North America were lapping the shoreline.

Although I had been to Yellowstone several times—had even parked at Yellowstone Lake’s edge one day for a quick lunch in my motorhome, I did not know the history that surrounds this lake that covers 136 square miles with approximately 110 miles of shoreline.

A commonly accepted fact is: The forest and valleys surrounding Yellowstone Lake had been populated with Native Americans since pre-historic times. Possibly, the first human of European descent to see the lake was trapper John Colter in the early 19th century.

However, as evidenced in diaries left behind from the fur trading era of 1820-1840, the lake was likely visited by many trapping parties moving through the park region.

To read the full story in RV Life Magazine, click here.

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