Jackson Lake, Grand Teton National Park

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Jackson Lake is in Grand Teton National Park in northwestern Wyoming. This natural lake was enlarged by the construction of the Jackson Lake Dam, which was originally built in 1911, enlarged in 1916 and rebuilt by 1989. The top 33ft of the lake is utilized by farmers in Idaho for irrigation purposes. The lake is the remnant of large glacial gouging from the neighboring Teton Range to the west and the Yellowstone Plateau to the north. The lake is primarily fed by the Snake River, which flows in from the north, and empties at Jackson Lake Dam. Jackson Lake is one of the largest high altitude lakes in the United States, at an elevation of 6772ft above sea level. The lake is up to 15mi long, 7mi wide and 438ft deep. The water of the lake averages below 60F, even during the summer.Numerous species of fish inhabit the lake including nonnative brown and lake trout and the native Snake River fine-spotted cutthroat trout and mountain whitefish.There are over 15 islands in the lake, including the largest, Elk Island, and Donoho Point.John D. Rockefeller, Jr. Memorial Parkway is located near the northern end of Jackson Lake and extends to the south entrance of Yellowstone National Park. This roadway combines with the roads in Grand Teton National Park that follow the eastern side of the lake, and provides access for boating and fishing. There are several marinas and lodges along the eastern shore such as Leeks marina, Colter Bay Village, Jackson Lake Lodge and Signal Mountain Lodge. All of these except Jackson Lake Lodge have boat access points and ramps. The western shore of Jackson Lake is primitive, with only hiking trails and a handful of primitive campground spots.
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  • August 9, 2017
    On our trip to the Tetons, we enjoyed many days and evenings on the beach of Jackson Lake. There are lots of water activities whether you bring your own water toys or rent them. My kids loved swimming...  more »
  • August 8, 2017
    If your looking for great kayaking in Grand Teton Natl Park, this is your pick! You may depart at the normal boat launch then follow the. land on your left. Pass up the first turn but take either the ...  more »
  • August 8, 2017
    You get a beautiful view of the mountain range with the lake in front of it. I wish I would have known how beautiful the Tetons really are - I would have skipped about half of the grand loop of Yellow...  more »

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Where to stay in Grand Teton National Park

You shouldn't have any problem finding a place to stay inside Grand Teton National Park. Choose from basic campgrounds, rustic lodges, and cabins, with some of these options sitting on nearby ranches. Jackson Lake Lodge offers unmatched, up-close views of the Tetons via 18.3 m (60 ft) tall panoramic windows in the lobby. Other places to stay are scattered throughout the park; some lie on Route 26, others on Route 287, and others still on Teton Park Road. Many park visitors opt to stay in the nearby town of Jackson, which serves as a popular base for a wide range of outdoor activities. Jackson features a complete spectrum of accommodations, from simple motels to luxury resorts plus a wealth of restaurants and bars. Book well in advance if you plan to visit during summer.
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