Grizzly at Mary Bay Yellowstone Lake

Friday, January 27, 2012

What a Difference a Rain Makes

And rain it did! We don't have a rain gauge here at the park but according to the neighboring ranchers we received 5 1/2 to 6 1/2 inches of rain. This all came in the early morning  hours of January 25th.
This lake was completely dry January 24th.
Work was completed just in time for the raised walkway to the covered dock.
It is  wonderful feeling to look out at the lake and see all this water when the day before it was a dry lake bed.

Most of the day you could hear water rushing down the creek bed that feeds the lake. The creek feeding the lake is along the other side of the tree line - upper right of photo.

Another surprising thing is the amount of birds that returned to the lake area. A Blue Heron was seen looking for the frogs that have came back to life. A raft of Pin Tail ducks has taken over one end of the lake. It seems their are more song birds than before or is it they can now be heard because the lake has water?


  1. You did get a HUGE storm. Glad you are all well. Hopefully you will get some rain this spring/summer and keep those fires down! ~wheresweaver