Half Moon Lake

fisherman on Half Moon Lake trolling for Lake Trout
Fisherman on Half Moon Lake trolling for Lake Trout

Half Moon Lake is located in the Bridger-Teton National It lies nestled among the aspens and pines in The Wind River Mountains Forest just outside of Pinedale Wyoming a town rich in history and spirit of the West. Surrounded by willows the lake’s wild and beautiful countryside is framed by towering peaks over 13,000 ft. high. Half Moon Lake is a piedmont lake formed by glacial scouring and a terminal moraine dam and evidence of its glacial past is all around.

Half Moon Lake’s shoreline trail will take the visitor up the north side of the lake and through some desolate terrain. The hike is relatively easy and deer are plentiful. On one summer visit, the early morning trek offered many photographic vistas of the lake enhanced by a brilliant sunrise.

Fishing, boating, camping and hiking are very popular at Half Moon. Brown trout, brook trout, rainbows, whitefish and Mackinaw (lake trout) await the angler on this jewel of Wind River Mountain lakes. Half Moon Lake has fishing adventures for the fly fisherman or spin caster of any age. Fish for deepwater lake trout or try some surface fishing for rainbows and browns.

A National Forest boat launch and campground provide picnic tables, some trailer pull-throughs, vault toilets, fire grates, and refuse container. There is no drinking water. Camping is available at Half Moon Campground, and the top of Half Moon Mountain is easily seen from Half Moon Lake.

Half Moon Lake Lodge has a marina that includes 21 slips, some of which can be rented by the day, month or season and conveniently located fuel pumps.

Average Depth: 92 Feet (28.7 Meters) Elevation: 7,600 Feet Maximum Depth: 282 Feet Size: 921 Acres Usage: Heavy

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