Mary Bay: A Gorgeous Spot with Cell Service at Yellowstone Lake
Mary Bay is a stunning, isolated beach facing west along Yellowstone Lake in Yellowstone National Park.
This gorgeous place is so easily missed. If you don’t drive to the East Entrance of the park, you wouldn’t even know this bay existed. Mary Bay is only a few miles down the road from Bridge Bay Campground and Fishing Bridge, making this an easy and much recommended drive.
You will want to bring a blanket and a snack. There is ample parking with plenty of spots to pull over, but you can count on having this place all to yourself. This is an incredibly romantic spot to enjoy wine and the sunset. You will see the occasional car driving by toward the East Entrance to Yellowstone, but mostly it will just be you and your party.
It may not be the best beach for swimming. On windy nights, the waves get quite large and will be blown right into this beach. This can also make the water coming into the beach very dirty. But the huge waves resemble the rolling waves of the ocean, adding more serenity to this locale.
Are you missing cell service in Yellowstone National Park? You will get cell service (quite a few bars!) as soon as you enter this bay. Just one more reason to visit. This is much appreciated considering you don’t get cell service at Bridge Bay or Fishing Bridge. This is actually how we heard about Mary Bay. A park ranger suggested we drive down to get cell service, and it turned out that Mary Bay was one of my favorite places in Yellowstone!
If you make it to Yellowstone Lake, be sure to go out of your way to visit Mary Bay. The drive along the lake from Fishing Bridge to the bay is gorgeous, and Mary Bay is a great place to relax and escape the crowds of Yellowstone National Park!
Warm Wishes from Big Sky Country,
Alex M. Neill
Montana Vacation Blog