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Yellowstone Lake Picnic Paddle

Yellowstone National Park, United States
Yellowstone Lake Picnic Paddle

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icon5 hours  (approx.)
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iconOffered in: English


Admire the natural wonders of Yellowstone Lake from the water on this morning kayaking tour. Paddle out to the West Thumb Geyser Basin, marvel at the geothermal pools and geysers, then continue to the less-visited Potts Geyser Basin. Along the way, enjoy plenty of stops to soak up the scenery and look out for wildlife along the lakeshore—you might spot an elk or bear.
  • Early start: get on the water before the crowds arrive
  • Suitable for first-time kayakers with instruction provided
  • Tuck into a tasty lunch served by the lakeside
  • Intimate small-group experience with a maximum of 12 people
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Coffee and/or Tea
All kayak gear included! Kayak, paddle, life vest, splash gear and safety equipment.
Gratuity not included - never expected but always appreciated!
Transportation to the activity
Grant Marina Road , Grant Marina Rd, Yellowstone National Park, WY 82190, USA

After turning off the highway, keep your eyes peeled for a sign leading you to the Boat Ramp. When you reach the service station, turn right. Follow that road down to the marina and look for the bright blue Prismatic Tours Kayak trailer!

This activity will end right where it started.
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 16 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Prismatic Tours
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
What is the policy on sanitization during Yellowstone Lake Picnic Paddle?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
See all safety measures taken by Yellowstone Lake Picnic Paddle.
What is the social distancing policy during Yellowstone Lake Picnic Paddle?
A:The policy on social distancing is:

  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
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Entertaining and informative, the best 5 hours on the lake!
, Sep 2021
One of the best guided tours we have been on! We (family of 3 adults + a 7y/o kid) booked this tour almost at the last week of our planned trip not knowing much about the wintry weather in mid Sep. The tour was operated by Prismatic Tours. We had a direct number available to call, so we got all the details of what to bring and an expected forecast etc. Directions to the location were texted to us in advance (no cell service inside the park, so download your maps in advance!). It had snowed the day prior and since we started the tour at around 9, it was freezing cold. But our tour guide Dillon was just fantastic. We started with coffee, and a quick lesson on "paddling for beginners". The kayaks and equipment were in good condition (seats could have been a but more comfy though). They had sprayskirts that protected us from water dripping onto us from the paddles, and it kept us warm too. Dillon was very knowledgeable, entertained us with great geological facts about the Yellowstone features. This was the first day at the park, and we learned so much in 4-5 hours about the parks, that by the end, we knew exactly where to go and what to see the next 3 days we spent traveling. The trip: started at the Grant Village marina, and covered about 6 miles (to and fro) along the shore and beach of the West Thumb. Stayed about 100 feet close to the shore, so we could see bald eagles, herd of elks (with calves and a large buck) that came to the waters. To our east was the Absaroka range and the Flat Top mountains and the Red Mountains which had snow. To the west shore we had fumeroles that emited sulfur bubbles as we went past the water. It was like a natgeo expedition. We inspected rocks and the break in the beach for lunch was fun too. Bring water and/or snacks if you have picky eaters (like kids) by the way. Thankfully my nephew liked the salami from the charcuterie plates Dillon spread out! We hope to be back in summer. All the best to Dillon for his winter gig!
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Excellent experience!!
, Sep 2021
This tour was a really awesome experience! Being out on the water gave our visit to Yellowstone a whole new dimension. Viewing the geysers from the water instead of the boardwalk was great! Paddling your kayaks right over fumerols that were easily visible through the crystal clear water was a unique experience. Our guides, Maddie and Dillon, were superb in every way. They were extremely knowledgeable about the Lake, the geysers and the wildlife and were just really fun people to be around. We observed an Elk in the edge of the lake taking a dip and later Dillon spotted Eagles in a distant tree that we were able to kayak over to and observe up close and get some great videos. A fantastic Charcuterie was provided for lunch on the beach and great conversation with Maddie and Dillon. I would highly recommend this tour as a more unique experience at Yellowstone. It was very peaceful out on the lake in the morning and as the winds picked up midday it gave you a little workout on the way back to shore. All of the equipment was in excellent shape (no stinky life jackets, all were in great shape) and the brightly colored kayaks photographed nicely. This was a fantastic experience that was made so memorable by Maddie and Dillon, their love of the area, kayaking, and people was truly heartfelt and greatly appreciated!

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