Enjoy the Scenery
The Co-Op Employee Recreation Program plans a number of canoe trips throughout the summer. Most of these are planned on the Henry's Fork of the Snake River, just outside the park. Canoes, paddles, and PFDs are provided. These trips are often planned in late summer when calm waters allow beginner and experienced canoers alike to take it easy and enjoy the beautiful scenery as they make there way down the river.
For those who own their own canoes, there are a number of lakes in Yellowstone that are ideal for canoeing. Lewis and Shoshone Lake are perhaps the most popular. You can launch at Lewis Lake, which is roadside accessible, and paddle along it's shore to reach the Lewis Channel. This scenic channel then connects you to Shoshone Lake. Shoshone Lake is a large backcountry lake that features thermal basins along it's shores as well as a number of boat accessible backcountry campsites. Note that you will need to register your craft at a Yellowstone backcountry ranger's office, and there are a number of safety policies you'll need to follow. Note also that canoeing in any stream or river is prohibited in Yellowstone (Lewis Channel being the one exception).