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Fremont Lake

Fremont Lake, Sublette County, Pinedale, Wyoming
Fremont Lake, a jewel of the necklace of lakes that grace the foothills of the Wind River Mountains.

Fremont Lake, a jewel of the necklace of lakes that grace the foothills of the Wind River Mountains. The lake is four miles east of Pinedale Wyoming. It was named for John C. Fremont who was an American military officer and explorer, who surveyed the area in 1842 while mapping the Oregon Trail. Fremont Peak dominates the visible snow capped mountains.

The lake is surrounded by timbered foothills, Fremont Peak, Wyoming’s second largest mountain, dominates the visible snow capped mountains. The terrain surrounding Fremont Lake shoreline is made up mostly of very large boulders and is a classic example of glacial geology, the lake was scooped out by an ancient glacier and is dammed at the lower end by a terminal moraine and is a very good spot to see glacial process.

Fremont Lake is the second largest natural lake in Wyoming, it was created thousands of years ago when glacial ice deposited a moraine at the lower end, trapping the mountain waters. It is about eleven miles long, six hundred feet deep and about one-half mile wide. It is one of the ten deepest lakes in the contiguous United States.

Ice fisherman, Wind River Mountains, Fremont Lake, Sublette County, Pinedale, Wyomng
An ice fisherman tries his luck on Fremont Lake in the Wind River Mountains.

This pristine mountain lake offers a variety of recreation opportunities including boating and sailing, water skiing, camping and more, but most of all for its large fish, including record-breaking mackinaw of more than 40 pounds. The dark blue waters of Fremont Lake are quite cold, and provide rich habitat for diverse species of fish. Anglers test their skills against rainbow, brown, and lake trout as well as Kokanee salmon. Fishing is strictly controlled to maintain stocks, there are numerous events that take place throughout the year that not only encourage and honor fishing, but also boating, including the local regatta and the Kids' Fishing Day. Ice fishing is popular and can be very productive.

In winter, ice fishermen, snowmobilers, cross-country skiers and skaters often find perfect conditions on Fremont Lake for their passions pastimes. Fremont Lake beckons to us all, visitor and local alike.

To reach Fremont Lake, take Fremont Lake Road just east of Faler's General Store. At 2.5 miles, you will reach an overlook with an historical marker and great view of the lake. At 3.2 miles, a sign will direct you to turn left for Fremont Lake. After you turn onto this access road, there is a fork with signs pointing the way to the campground, Sandy Beach, CCC Ponds and other features.

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