Yellowstone National Park in Park County, Wyoming — The American West (Mountains)
After the ice sheet on Yellowstone Lake breaks up in May and grinds downstream beneath Fishing Bridge, you can witness a spawning frenzy. Cutthroat trout lay millions of eggs in the riverbed gravel within sight of the bridge. Spawning season has a powerful effect on other wildlife in the Fishing Bridge area, as a variety of birds and animals are drawn to the feast.
Ospreys dive for immature cutthroats less than 13 inches long; pelicans take adult fish. Looking for seasonal protein, grizzly bears snatch spawning trout.
Erected by National Park Service.
Location. 44° 34.03′ N, 110° 22.974′ W. Marker is in Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming, in Park County. Marker is on E Entrance Road (U.S. 14) 0.3 miles east of Grand Loop Road, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Yellowstone National Park WY 82190, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 5 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Off the Hook (here, next to this marker); Why is there no fishing from Fishing Bridge? (within shouting distance of this marker); Wilderness Architecture (approx. 0.4 miles away); Leaping the Rapids Black Dragon’s Caldron (approx. 4˝ miles away); Churning Caldron (approx. 4˝ miles away); Mud Geyser (approx. 4.6 miles away); Cooking Hillside (approx. 4.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Yellowstone National Park.
More about this marker. A picture of two cutthroat trout appears at the bottom of the marker. A photo of a bald eagle at the upper right of the marker has a caption of “So much depends on a healthy, spawning population of cutthroat trout.”
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on September 3, 2015, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 182 times since then and 6 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on September 3, 2015, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.