Fremont Lake in Bridger-Teton National Forest

Have we mentioned how lucky we have been in getting wonderful campsites at almost every stop? Sometimes it gets ridiculous though. We snagged this one at Lake Fremont in Bridger-Teton National Forest.  Just seconds – seriously – ahead of another site seeker. What we have here is a site at the farthest end of the campground, with a short walk down to a sandy beach and easy canoe put-in. The vista is pristine and no one else even close to us. Sweet. People drive by routinely to see if the site is free. People ask us when the site will be free. It’s that good.

Light RV Campview at Lake Fremont

Light RV Campview at Lake Fremont

Fremont Lake is the second largest natural lake in Wyoming and is purported to be the second cleanest lake in the United States.  It is glacially formed and has beautiful sandy beaches all along the shore…

Lake Fremont - View from the Beach

Lake Fremont - View from the Sandy Beach at our campsite.

We decided to stay for three nights. We would probably stay here much longer under other circumstances, but we have miles to go and have to keep on moving northward. Another time perhaps…

Lake Fremont Canoeing Early Day

Lake Fremont Canoeing Early Day

Early, (really early) the next morning we got up at first light to canoe. It was probably about 40 degrees outside. We didn’t care. It’s nice to test our limits every so often. We thought we’d see lots of wildlife by getting up early. Wrong. The wildlife slept in. The only other critters out to greet the dawn were a few Ospreys and a pair of Goldeneye ducks.

Lake Fremont Goldeneye Drake

Lake Fremont Goldeneye Drake

After breakfast we walked a beautiful path along the shore front and through the woods and over to a private marina which we had seen while we were paddling… a perfect morning. Ric had a close encounter with this colorful bird…

Fremont Lake Bird

Fremont Lake Bird

The next morning we would also canoe – this time on a glassy calm surface (but at 8:30 am!). We went all the way to the northern end of the lake and then returned before breakfast. No other boats on the water. We feel that we threaded a needle here. Most folks were thinking it was still too cold to camp – but it wasn’t… so there were no crowds.  There were also very few mosquitoes or biting bugs. In our estimation it was perfect timing.

Canoeing Fremont Lake on a Calm Morning

Canoeing Fremont Lake on a Calm Morning

Lin and Canoe at Northern End of Fremont Lake

Lin and Canoe at Northern End of Fremont Lake

We didn’t see the Wind River Mountains looming in the distance when we first drove in from Pinedale because it was still overcast. But we couldn’t miss them on our way back from errands in town.

Rocky Mountains in Southern Wyoming

Rocky Mountains in Southern Wyoming

The Wind River Mountains are still well shrouded in snow and loom solidly towards the east. We drove up Skyline Drive until we hit banks of snow across the road…

Skyline Drive Still Has Snow in June

Skyline Drive Still Has Snow in June

Skyline Snow Man

Skyline Snow Man

This snow situation exists throughout the west this year. A friend of ours told us that there was 200 percent snowfall and some roads still remain closed in certain areas. There may be a few problem areas north of here in some of the Rockies in Montana and Idaho. We’ll have to be flexible as our travels continue.

It will really be interesting to see if this is just in this area of the western states (Wyoming, Idaho and Montana) or if there will be big problems in Canada and Alaska.

We may have to adjust our route as we continue.

After our ramblings in the Bridger Forest we headed back down the mountain. On our way back down these guys acted like they owned the road… but we eventually made it home.

Cows in the Road

Cows in the Road

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