Lewis Lake & Campground

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Lewis Lake is on the southern part of Yellowstone. It's not necessarily the most scenic, but it has the advantage of having one of the last campgrounds in the park to fill up, and it's is also the closest campground to Grand Tetons National Park. It only costs $15 a night to stay at the campground, and while it doesn't afford the amenities of other campgrounds, if you're in Yellowstone primarily to take pictures, you're not going to be around most of the day in any case—so who needs amenities? The disadvantage with Lewis Lake Campground is that Yellowstone is a huge park, and you'll have to do a lot of driving to get to many park attractions. The only place it's really close to, besides Lewis Lake, is West Thumb, which is about 15 minutes away. Here are the times to some of the other places in the park from Lewis Campground:

  • Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone: 1 hour
  • Old Faithful: 45 minutes
  • Norris Geyser Basis: 1.5 hours
  • Tower Junction: 1.75 hours
  • Lamar Valley: 2 hours
  • West Yellowstone: 1.4 hours
  • Mammoth Hot Springs: 2.25 hours
  • Oxbow Bend: 50 minutes

Here are some pictures of Lewis Lake:

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Here's some pictures of nearby Lewis Falls:

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A picture a nearby rainbow:

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And pictures of a nearby pasture and the Lewis River:

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