Shoshone Lake is a backcountry lake with the area of 8,050 acres (32.6 km2) elevated at 7,795 feet (2,376 m) in the southwest section of Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming, US. It lies at the headwaters of the Lewis River a tributary of the Snake River. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service believes that Shoshone Lake is the largest backcountry lake in the lower 48 states that cannot be reached by a road.
Shoshone Lake Angling
Prior to 1890, Shoshone Lake was barren of fish as Lewis Falls
on the Lewis River was a barrier to upstream migration. In 1890, fisheries personnel planted Lake and Brown trout and created a popular fishery, especially for large Brown trout in the fall. The lake also contains the Utah chub which was probably inadvertently introduced by bait anglers in the 1950s. Brook Trout were planted in several tributary streams and are occasionally found in the lake. Angling is restricted to fly fishing or artificial lures. Boating on Shoshone Lake is restricted to hand-powered craft only, which means float tubes, kayaks or canoes.
The lake is accessible by water via Lewis Lake and the Lewis River channel. Several trails provide access to the western, northern and eastern shoreline of the lake. The Shoshone Lake Trail
connects the Upper Geyser Basin
and the Lewis River channel while passing through the Shoshone Geyser Basin
at the southwest end of the lake. The DeLacy Creek Trail
provides access to the northern and eastern shoreline via the Grand Loop Road near Craig Pass
. The Dogshead trail and Lewis River Channel trail provide access from the south entrance road near Lewis Lake. There are 20 backcountry campsites on Shoshone Lake.