The trailhead is located opposite a good size parking lot as indicated by a sign. While this trail runs 7.4-miles (11.9 km) eventually connecting with the Dogshead Trail near Shoshone Lake outlet, it reaches the northern part of beautiful Shoshone Lake at 3-miles, paralleling DeLacy Creek the entire way to its inlet to Shoshone Lake. It is the shortest trail for anglers to reach the lake where they don their float tubes to experience some truly amazing fishing. The trail drops steadily in elevation, breaking out of forest at about the 1-mile mark as it enters DeLacy Meadows. From the lake inlet, the remaining 4.3-miles of the trail hugs the eastern shore of Shoshone Lake traveling through forest and eventually junctions with the Dogshead Trail. Here, a backcountry patrol cabin and campsite are located nearby. If you follow the Dogshead Trail it will lead you 4.8-miles east to the South Entrance road. If you continue another .1-mile to connect with the Lewis River Channel Trail you will travel another 6.5-miles along the Lewis River that connects Shoshone Lake with Lewis Lake and then turn east to also arrive at the Dogshead Trailhead on the main road.
Shoshone Lake: This beautiful 8,050-acre (32.6 km) backcountry lake is the second largest lake in Yellowstone. The Shoshone Geyser Basin is located at the southwest part of the lake and contains more than 80 geysers, mud pots, and hot springs in an area 1,600-feet (490 m) by 800 feet (240 m). The lake has a rich population of Lake and Brown trout, but was barren of fish prior to 1890 when park officials developed fisheries to stock the lake to attract anglers. No motorized boats are allowed on the lake. Hand-powered crafts like canoes, kayaks, and float tubes are permissible with a permit, and fly fishing or the use of artificial lures are the only allowed fishing methods.