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Bridge Bay

Bridge Bay is the main marina to Yellowstone Lake, and the primary source for scenic lake cruises, guided fishing trips, and various boat rentals. It is also the location of a large campground and picnic area.

  • Bridge Bay Marina: This is the location for those wanting an experience on Yellowstone Lake. Several docking stalls are available for those bringing their own boat. Hour-long scenic cruises of the lake are available several times a day, and smaller outboard motor crafts and even rowboats can be rented on an hourly basis. Guided fishing excursions for anglers are also launched here. If you desire to make reservations for the scenic cruise, contact Xanterra Parks and Resorts toll-free at 1-866-439-7375. (Note: from the marina is the trailhead to Natural Bridge. See Natural Bridge for description)

  • Ranger Station: With responsibility for lake activity, the station also has a backcountry boat shuttle office.

  • Yellowstone General Store: The store offers a variety of items including gifts, souvenirs, apparel, jewelry, outdoor supplies, books, groceries, wood bundles, ice, and more. Located near the store is a commons area with 11 picnic tables.

  • Bridge Bay Picnic Area: The picnic area stretches out along the north side of the marina all the way to the bridge over the main road. From here you get a good close view of the boats coming and going from the bay. There are 23 tables, 6 of which are located together for a group setting, and 3 of which have a fire ring with grate. Double restrooms and garbage canisters are available.

  • Bridge Bay Campground (Elevation 7,800 ft/2377 m): This campground is very large with 432 sites (including accessible and group sites), each containing a table and fire ring with grate. Food storage boxes measuring 48x22x22 are located throughout the grounds for shared use. The lower section of the campground – loops A, B, C, and D are more open with few trees for shade, but great for RV’s, trailers, and 5th wheels. This campground is not so great for tent camping as afternoon winds pick up coming off the lake and can damage tents that are not well secured. The upper section of the campground, loops E, F, G, H, I, and J (4 of which are tent-only sites) are situated on a gentle hill well covered with trees for good shading and a natural windbreak. This campground requires a “reservation”. Call (307-344-7311) to make your reservations.


*RV dump station

*17 restrooms (flush toilets, cold running water sinks, electrical outlets) located throughout the campground

*Dishwashing stations are located at each restroom building

*Large bear-proof trash dumpsters

*Recycle canisters

*Amphitheater (located between the upper and lower sections)

*Note: Showers and laundry are located at Fishing Bridge

Individual Campsites:

*Maximum of 6 people per campsite

*Picnic table

*Fire circle with cooking grate

*Shared bear proof food storage boxes located throughout campground (48x22x22)

*Water spigots are scattered throughout the campground

Select Regulations:

*Quiet hours 10:00pm to 6:00am (generators prohibited from 8:00pm to 8:00am)

*The cutting or taking of standing wood is prohibited

*Wheeled vehicles must stay on pavement

*Properly store food, utensils, coolers, and any item with an odor in vehicles or bear-boxes

*No bicycles allowed off the pavement or on trails

*Pets must be controlled at all times, may not be more than 100 feet from the roads or parking areas, are not allowed on trails, and must be picked up after

*Use of rollerblades, skateboards, or scooters is prohibited

*Keep a clean campsite. All trash and litter must be disposed of in the bear-proof dumpsters

Bay Bridge Picnic Area was mentioned in the article:
"Best 9 Picnic Areas in Yellowstone- For the Whole Family"

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