America's Best Lake Vacations

Duane Vetter

At these great lakes, the all-American vacation fun continues long after summer ends.

Yellowstone Lake, Wyoming

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Best for Sailing: Awesome wilderness scenery, waterfront wildlife, and a steady breeze make Yellowstone Lake a surprisingly great place to unfurl your canvas and set sail. Bridge Bay Marina on the north shore provides a launch ramp, floating docks, and a ranger station to purchase the national park’s inexpensive ($5) non-motorized boating permit. Sailors can overnight at special “boat party” campsites on the lake’s secluded (and roadless) south shore. People have been cruising Yellowstone since 1871, when the Hayden Expedition used a sail-powered rowboat to explore the lake.

Stay: Yellowstone Lake Lodge

Play: Bridge Bay Marina

America's Best Lake Vacations

Yellowstone Lake, Wyoming

Best for Sailing: Awesome wilderness scenery, waterfront wildlife, and a steady breeze make Yellowstone Lake a surprisingly great place to unfurl your canvas and set sail. Bridge Bay Marina on the north shore provides a launch ramp, floating docks, and a ranger station to purchase the national park’s inexpensive ($5) non-motorized boating permit. Sailors can overnight at special “boat party” campsites on the lake’s secluded (and roadless) south shore. People have been cruising Yellowstone since 1871, when the Hayden Expedition used a sail-powered rowboat to explore the lake.

Stay: Yellowstone Lake Lodge

Play: Bridge Bay Marina

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