Wonders of Wyoming, Dave Walsh

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By Dave Walsh 12 Dec ’15

This Wonder is the deepest body of water in Wyoming, and the second-largest of its kind in the Cowboy State.  It’s located in the Bridger-Teton National Forest, created thousands of years ago from glacial ice deposits, trapping mountain waters, and forming a spectacular lake.  It’s the deepest body of water in Wyoming, some 600-feet deep at its deepest point.  It’s the second-largest natural lake in Wyoming, 11 miles long, a half-mile wide, with 22 miles of shoreline.

It has been known by two different names.  First, in 1837, it took the moniker of a Scottish adventurer by the name of Captain William Drummond Stewart.  Stewart had camped here with Jim Bridger, other mountain men, and Indians for more than a decade.  But then, in 1842, Stewart Lake got a new name.  Not knowing that it already had a name, the lake was renamed after the Great Pathfinder, John C. Fremont, who was surveying the area while mapping the Oregon Trail.

Located 3 miles northeast of Pinedale, Wyoming, Fremont Lake is the main water source for that mountain town, and is well-known for its record-breaking catches of Mackinaw Trout.

Fremont Lake, a pristine Wonder of Wyoming.  I’m Dave Walsh, proud to live in Wyoming, and proud to tell her fascinating story.

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