October 19, 2016

WYOMING: the Fishing Cone - Yellowstone National Park

West Thumb Geyser Basin : Fishing Cone

The Fishing Cone at the West Thumb of  Yellowstone Lake, Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming

Fishing Cone Geyser - Yellowstone Lake

Fishing Cone is a geyser in the West Thumb Geyser Basin of Yellowstone National Park in the United States.

In the earlier part of the 20th century, this cone had eruptions as high as 40 feet (12 m). As the water level in Yellowstone Lake has increased, the cone is now inundated during the spring and the temperatures in the cone have cooled enough that it no longer erupts and is now considered a hot spring.

The name Fishing Cone can be traced back to tales told by mountain men of a lake where you could catch a fish then immediately dunk it into hot spring and cook it on the hook. A member of the 1870 Washburn-Langford-Doane Expedition popularized this feat.

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