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Wind River Lake - Centennial Scenic Byway, Wyoming

Photo by Herschel Tucker

     Wyoming's magnificent Teton Range, Cathedral Group, Grand Tetons - WY topped off by the Cathedral Group, puts on an impressive show for thousands of visitors each month. Sightseers seeking some relief from these crowds and wanting more of these dramatic landscapes may choose the nearby Centennial Scenic Byway. The northern leg of this byway follows U.S. Route 26/287 from Dubois to Moran, leading over the Continental Divide and Togwotee Pass.
      This photogenic scene of Wind River Lake is a sample of the sights found along this stretch of wilderness land. The Wind River Lake picnic area is found just a mile east of Togwotee Pass, offering a lakeside setting and a wonderful view of Sublette Peak. Wind River Rapids - Wind River Canyon - WY This alpine lake is the headwaters of the Wind River which flows eastward toward the town of Dubois. Not known for its fishing, the high altitude lake remains iced over into the month of May. Seen as a transition point between the Absaroka Range and the Wind River Range, the mountainous area receives considerable amounts of snowfall, covering hiking trails and secondary roads as late as June. All this snow eventually turns into whitewater fun. The narrow Wind River Canyon, near Thermopolis, carries adventurers on a thrill ride over Class III rapids which sometimes grows to a tumultuous Class V with springtime snowmelt.

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