On my birthday, I decided to get away from the summer heat of Bozeman, Montana and go and get in the water, paddling to a campsite in Yellowstone National Park. I had read in Yellowstone’s backcountry guide that you can paddle with a canoe or sea kayak, and camp on the shoreline of the park’s lakes. However, I decided to try out a SUP and get to the campsites that way.
So with a couple of odd looks from the park rangers and fellow canoe and kayakers, I got under way. With my water proof bags carrying all of my camping gear strapped to my board, I set off bright and early on my birthday and headed to my campsite about six miles in on a lake. I paddled from one lake to another via a small channel that separated the two.
While getting to my campsite I watched rising trout sip flies off the surface of the lake. I set my fly rod up as quickly as I could and enjoyed the rest of the trip, fishing until the sun set before I had to paddle back the next day.