Brooks Lake, Wyoming, USA

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Brooks Lake is a scenic and secluded 234-acre alpine lake tucked away in the Shoshone National Forest in northwestern Wyoming. Surrounded by over 800,000 acres of unspoiled wilderness, recreational possibilities in the area are endless. Just a short drive from Yellowstone National Park and the jagged Teton Mountain Range, Brooks Lake makes a great base for exploring the incredible beauty of the area.

Brooks Lake lies in the Wind River Mountains near the Continental Divide. Most of the area around Brooks Lake is wooded, making for some of the best camping in the region. One small campground and several lodges are located near the shoreline of the lake. Facilities in the campground include vault toilets, picnic tables, and fire grills. Due to its great location, the campground tends to fill up quickly. Reservations are not accepted, and sites are usually full during the summer months by 11:00 am. Grizzly bears and black bears frequent the campsite, so be sure to keep your site clean. Additional campgrounds, vacation rentals, and real estate for rent or purchase can be found in the area.

Brooks Lake is open to the public, and fishing is allowed year round. A boat launch grants anglers and boaters access to the sparkling water. Most water sports are permitted with the exception of jet skiing and water skiing. Anglers can expect to catch rainbow trout, brook trout, lake trout (mackinaw), and splake. Ice fishing is available in winter for the adventurous fisherman. The area receives significant snowfall, and many trails and lakes are still snow or ice covered well into June.

Hikers, climbers, cross county skiers, mountain bikers and horseback riders will find several trails that lead into the rugged beauty of the Wind River Mountains and the Teton wilderness. Upper Jade Lake, Upper Brooks Lake, and Rainbow Lake are within walking distance of Brooks Lake. In addition to bears, hikers will want to be on the lookout for wolves which are usually wary of humans.

In addition to ever popular Yellowstone National Park and Grand Teton National Park, Brooks Lake is an easy drive to many state parks located within the Shoshone National Forest. A cornerstone of the Rocky Mountains, the Forest covers over 2.4 million acres of varied terrain ranging from sagebrush flats to majestic mountains. The higher mountains are snow-capped most of the yea,r allowing for a variety of winter sports. Running south and east from a border it shares with Yellowstone National Park, the forest’s alpine heights are drained by rushing rivers which are perfect for fly fishing and whitewater rafting. The backcountry of canyons, forests, alpine meadows, and high-mountain lakes and streams makes the area one of the best places in the U.S. to enjoy the vast outdoors. Visitors can also take advantage of many primitive and developed camping sites which offer excellent scenery and solitude.

Those seeking a little less seclusion may wish to visit the authentic western community of Dubois, just 23 miles east of Brooks Lake. Dubois is a little-known destination surrounded by forests and mountains as well as the desolate beauty and red-banded rock of the Wyoming Badlands. Dubois prides itself on its hospitality, history, and slow pace of life. Seasonal events in Dubois keep the town active. In the summer, locals enjoy 4th of July celebrations, the Community Hog Roast and Poker Run, the Wind River Valley National Exhibit of Art, square dancing and rodeo shows. In the fall, visitors can see the Wind River Valley Artists Guild Show and Oktoberfest. Restaurants in Dubois feature lodge style dining, with a few steakhouses, cafes, and a handful of taverns. Though the town is not known for its shopping, stores carry basic necessities, and there is a local outfitter for recreational equipment. There are also several cultural museums in town.

With its closest neighbors being mountains, trees, and lakes, Brooks Lake offers a vacation destination of perfect western solitude. Located within 2.5 million acres of rugged, yet beautiful country, the area promises visitors an unforgettable outdoor adventure. Those who crave a remote getaway will love Brooks Lake.

Things to do at Brooks Lake

  • Vacation Rentals
  • Fishing
  • Ice Fishing
  • Boating
  • Whitewater Rafting
  • Camping
  • Campground
  • Picnicking
  • Hiking
  • Horseback Riding
  • Wildlife Viewing
  • State Park
  • National Park
  • National Forest
  • Museum
  • Shopping

Fish species found at Brooks Lake

  • Brook Trout
  • Lake Trout
  • Rainbow Trout
  • Splake Trout
  • Trout

Brooks Lake Photo Gallery

  • Canoeing on Brooks Lake, Wyoming

  • Day hikers along the shore of Brooks Lake - Breccia Cliffs - Shoshone National Forest, Wyoming.

Brooks Lake Statistics & Helpful Links

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Lake Type: Natural Freshwater Lake, Not Dammed

Surface Area: 234 acres

Normal Elevation (Full Pond): 9,055 feet

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Trophic State | LakeLubbers

Trophic State measures the level of algae and nutrients in a lake.

An oligotrophic lake is very clear (blue in color) and does not support much plant or fish life. A hyper-oligotrophic lake is the clearest of all lakes, and is nearly devoid of plants and fish.

A mesotrophic lake is slightly green and supports a moderate degree of plant and fish life. A lake's most desired trophic state is generally this mid-point - the mesotrophic state.

A eutrophic lake is somewhat murky and supports a large amount of plant and fish life. A hypereutrophic lake is clouded with algae, plant life, and fish life. A eutrophic or hyper-eutrophic lake can be difficult to navigate by boat - and is often an unpleasant place to swim.

The use of phosphorus-rich and nitrogen-rich fertilizer on lawns and golf courses surrounding a lake can cause it to become eutrophic or hypereutrophic.


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Catchment or Drainage Area | LakeLubbers

This is the surrounding area that drains into a lake, including land, rivers and their tributaries. This is also known as the lake's "catchment basin".

Small lakes at the highest peaks of mountains have small drainage areas. The world's oceans have the largest drainage areas.


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Lake-Area Population | LakeLubbers

This is the estimated number of people who live in a house with a view of a lake, plus those who self-describe the lake as their home, for example: "I live at Smith Mountain Lake."


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Water Residence Time | LakeLubbers

This is the estimated time that it takes for an amount of water equal to the entire volume of a lake to flow out of - or evaporate from - the lake.

Residence Time can be as short as a few days for fast-flowing small lakes, and can exceed 100 years for slow-flowing large lakes.


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Completion Year | LakeLubbers

This is the year that a reservoir was first filled to the reservoir's normal elevation - or the year that a natural lake was first dammed. A large reservoir can take more than a year to fill after its dam is first closed.

The Grand Anicut in southern India is generally considered the world's oldest dam that still operates. Grand Anicut was constructed in the second century BC. It now impounds an irrigation network that includes roughly one million acres.

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Water Volume | LakeLubbers

This is the estimated volume of water that a lake contains -- measured at the lake's normal elevation. By this measure, the world's largest freshwater lake is Siberia's Lake Baikal.

You can find many of the the world's largest lakes (by water volume) on LakeLubbers.

Water Volume can be measured in acre-feet, in cubic miles, or in cubic kilometers. One acre-foot is the amount of water needed to cover one acre (43,560 square feet) to a depth of one foot. One cubic mile equals 3,379,200 acre-feet. One cubic kilometer equals 810,713 acre-feet.

1 acre-foot is equal to 325,851 US gallons. Siberia's Lake Baikal contains about 6,276,367,740,000,000 gallons of freshwater - nearly 1 million gallons for every living person on earth.

The other - and more widely used - measure of a lake's size is the lake's surface acreage. By that measure, the world's largest freshwater lake is North America's Lake Superior.


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Maximum Depth | LakeLubbers

This is the estimated greatest depth of the water in a lake -- measured at the lake's normal elevation. The world's deepest lake is Siberia's Lake Baikal; that lake's maximum depth is estimated at 5,314 feet.

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Average Depth | LakeLubbers

This is the estimated average depth of the water in a lake -- measured at the lake's normal elevation. If the water volume and surface area of a lake are known, an estimate of the lake's average depth can be calculated:

Water volume ÷ Surface Area = Average Depth

Example: 1,000,000 acre-feet ÷ 20,000 acres = 50 feet average depth


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Maximum Elevation | LakeLubbers

This is a lake's highest water level, measured by the lake's surface distance above sea level, that can occur during flooding. A lake's highest possible maximum elevation is usually the top of the lake's dam or spillway.

At lakes that include residential development, government regulations usually forbid the construction of homes below a lake's maximum elevation.


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Minimum Elevation | LakeLubbers

This is a lake's lowest water level, measured by the lake's surface distance above sea level, that can be reasonably expected to occur. Low lake levels can occur due to deliberate seasonal draw downs for irrigation or impending snow melt, reduced water inflows, drought and evaporation, residential or commercial water demands, and hydropower generation.

Some lakes' minimum and maximum elevations are virtually the same. Lakes that generate hydropower may vary by several feet - according to power demand. Lakes whose primary purpose is to prevent flooding can seasonally vary by 100 feet or more.

When some lakes reach their minimum elevation, their boat ramps may not be long enough to permit boat access - and boats docked on shallow parts of the lake may end up on dry ground. In those cases, kayakers and shore-based anglers may be among the few happy recreational users of the lake.


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Normal Elevation | LakeLubbers

This is a lake's normal water level, measured by the lake's surface distance above sea level. For a reservoir, this water level is also known as "full pond" or "full pool".

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Shoreline Length | LakeLubbers

This is the length of the exterior shoreline around a lake - measured at the lake's normal elevation. The shoreline length can be considerably shorter or longer when lake water levels are lower or higher than normal.

A lake with many coves has a much longer shoreline than a lake of similar surface area that is nearly circular in shape.

When known, the shoreline miles that we report in our statistics include only the lake's exterior shoreline, and exclude the shorelines of islands located within a lake's boundaries. In lakes with many islands, those islands' combined shorelines may exceed a lake's exterior shoreline.

You can find many of the world's longest-shoreline lakes on Lakelubbers.


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Surface Area | LakeLubbers

This is the area (acreage, square kilometers, etc.) of the top surface area of a lake - measured at a lake's normal elevation. The surface area can be considerably smaller or larger when lake levels are lower or higher than normal. North America's Lake Superior is the world's largest freshwater lake by this measure.

The other measure of a lake's size is the lake's water volume. By that measure, the world's largest freshwater lake is Lake Baikal in Siberia.

You can find many of the world's largest lakes (acres) on Lakelubbers. There is no widely-accepted minimum surface area that defines a lake. What Lakelubbers describes as a lake, you might call a pond. The smallest lake that Lakelubbers currently includes is Hawaii's 2-acre Lake Waiau.


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Water Level Control | LakeLubbers

This is the organization that controls water releases or outflows from the lake or reservoir. In the USA, this is often the US Army Corps of Engineers, a power company, a municipal water system, an irrigation district, or a paper manufacturing company. In the case of private or gated lakes, a homeowners' association may be the lake's controlling authority.

Many lakes cross borders, including North America's Great Lakes. The control of such lakes and their coveted freshwater may be amicably shared - or hotly disputed.

"Water wars" continue at many lakes as growing populations and crop irrigation needs compete for the freshwater that lakes contain.


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Lake Type | LakeLubbers

There are 3 basic types of lakes that are currently included on LakeLubbers. 2 types may be dammed or not dammed, producing 5 classifications.

- A Reservoir is a man-made freshwater lake that is usually created by damming rivers.

- A Natural Freshwater Lake occurs naturally - often by glacial activity - and has a salinity of less than 30 parts per thousand. It may be dammed to produce electricity or for other reasons.

- A Natural Saltwater Lake occurs naturally and has a salinity of more than 30 parts per thousand (ppt). It may be dammed.

"Brackish" water may be categorized as freshwater or saltwater, depending on its salt content (salinity). Oligohaline water has less than 15 ppt of salt. Mesohaline water has 15-29 ppt. Polyhaline has 30-335 ppt.


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