Half Moon Lake
Half Moon Lake, hides in a forested mountain pocket just 10 miles from Pinedale. In the winter, Half Moon Lake offers excellent ice fishing and spotty ice skating in an intimate and scenic setting within the Bridger Teton National Forest.
In the summer, fishing, boating, camping, and hiking are prevalent at Half Moon Lake. Brown trout, brook trout, rainbows, whitefish, and Mackinaw (lake trout) await the angler on this jewel of Wind River Mountain lake. A National Forest boat launch and campground provide picnic tables, bathrooms, fire grates, and refuse containers. Water activities include canoeing, water skiing, and personal watercraft.
Beyond Half Moon Lake Resort, the Half Moon Lake Trailhead at the end of the dirt road is the starting point for a variety of hiking adventures, from an hour’s stroll or day hike to strenuous backpacking into the high country. Adventurers may want to explore the inlet territory above the northeast corner of the lake, where Pole Creek spills down from Fayette Lake via a small waterfall. There is no bridge crossing this stream, so if you choose to pass, be prepared to get wet or cross carefully on horseback. Several rugged trails give access to the high country and Bridger Wilderness; for more information, contact the Pinedale Ranger District office.