Lehardy's Rapids, Yellowstone National Park

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#65 of 67 in Nature in Yellowstone National Park
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Have a picnic alongside turbulent white water at Lehardy's Rapids. The rapids mark the boundary between Yellowstone Lake and Yellowstone River. This step-like cascade can be reached via a short trail or boardwalk depending on whether you're approaching from the lower or the higher pullout. Time your visit in late spring/early summer when the river is at its highest and cutthroat trout can be seen resting in the pools before the spawning starts in late June. Using our online itinerary creator, Yellowstone National Park attractions like Lehardy's Rapids can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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  • This is a really nice section of the Yellowstone River for a brief stopover or even for a longer picnic treat. In late Spring when the salmon flow back to spawn and try to negotiate the rapids, this.....  more
    This is a really nice section of the Yellowstone River for a brief stopover or even for a longer picnic treat. In late Spring when the salmon flow back to spawn and try to negotiate the rapids, this.....  more »
  • If you are in a hurry, this is probably not worth a stop. There are more interesting things to see along the same road. The good thing is, that is does not take long to see the rapids. 
    If you are in a hurry, this is probably not worth a stop. There are more interesting things to see along the same road. The good thing is, that is does not take long to see the rapids.  more »
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  • LeHardy's Rapids is a part of the Yellowstone River where the river bed drops a little bit, throwing the water against large rocks creating turbulent white water. This is also considered to be the geological boundary of Yellowstone Lake. There are two pullouts from which you can access the rapids, both will get you to the rapids via a short trail or boardwalk. The lower pullout also offers a small picnic area with two tables right along side the Yellowstone River. The river is pretty wide here and the rapids are most impressive in late spring to early summer when the snowmelt runoff is at its highest. If you are here in late June and July, you will likely see native Cutthroat Trout leaping into the air, working their way up the rapids during their spawning run.
  • The rapids were very impressive, there was only one duck playing when I was there, and there was a lot of water, but it was incredible to see this weekend

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