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.

Stand Up Paddleboarding Yellowstone National Park

Stand Up Paddleboarding Yellowstone National Park

Stand Up Paddleboarding Yellowstone National Park

Stand Up Paddleboarding Yellowstone National Park

Stand Up Paddleboarding Yellowstone National Park

Stand Up Paddleboarding Yellowstone National Park

Stand Up Paddleboarding Yellowstone National Park

Stand Up Paddleboarding Yellowstone National Park

2 Responses

  1. avatar
    Tim Moon

    I almost tried SUPing in Kona but I was having too much fun snorkeling. But that looks like a great way to explore lakes. Nice photos, Sean, and Happy Birthday!

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  2. avatar
    Libby Fredericksen

    I SUP with friends every weekend on the Yellowstone R. Would love to try the Park. Thanks for the article!

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