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Within and at the base of the Teton Range in Grand Teton National Park, visitors enjoy hiking, fishing, and a multitude of water sports amongst large morainal lakes and smaller alpine lakes.

Amphitheatre Lake

Carved out of granite, Amphitheater Lake lies 3000 feet above the valley floor among the craggy Tetons.  Known as one of the most challenging day hikes in the Grand Teton National Park, hiking enthusiasts are rewarded with spectacular views after a strenuous five-mile hike from Lupine Meadows Trailhead.

Bradley Lake

Featuring views of the Tetons and Jackson Hole Valley and a variety of flora and fauna, the Bradley-Taggart Loop is popular with visitors and locals alike.  The trail to Bradley crosses an old forest fire area, across a glacial moraine, and down to the lake.  The Bradley-Taggart Trailhead is accessible by car in the winter, making this a popular spot with cross country skiers and snowshoers. 

Buffalo Fork River

Located in the northern regions of Grand Teton National Park and adjacent wilderness areas, Buffalo Fork is known for it's world-class fishing.  While hiking, fishing, and wildlife watching along this scenic river, enjoy views of the Tetons and Buffalo Valley.

Emma Matilda Lake

Emma Matilda Lake is a popular day hike for those visitors staying near Jackson Lake.  A 9.1 round-trip trail winds through dense forests to the southern shore and around the 2.7 mile long lake.  From the northern shores, take in views of the Teton Range.  It is not uncommon to encounter a variety of wildlife along the way, including bears, elk, and moose.

Gros Ventre River

Originating deep in the Gros Ventre Wilderness, the Gros Ventre River flows through Grand Teton National Park where it meets the Snake River.  Outdoor enthusiasts enjoy fishing, kayaking, whitewater rafting, wildlife viewing, and camping.  Although there is a developed campground south of Kelly, most locations along the river are fairly isolated and no substantial amenities or facilities are available, so be sure to be adequately prepared for a day's outing.

Jackson Lake

The largest and most popular lake in Grand Teton National Park, Jackson Lake lies at the base of Mt. Moran and is known for it's spectacular scenery, water sports, and amenities. With several marinas scattered along it's shores, visitors enjoy fishing, sailing, water skiing, boating, and camping.  Winter visitors experience solitude while snow shoeing, skiing, and ice-fishing.

Jenny Lake

Easily accessible and centrally located, Jenny Lake is popular with both families and dedicated climbers and backpackers. This area accesses backcountry campsites, unparalleled climbing, as well as relatively moderate day hikes.  Scenic boat tours and canoe/kayak rentals are also available near the Jenny Lake Visitor Center.  Check in with the Jenny Lake Rangers for backcountry/climbing permits and detailed information on trails and routes.

Lake Solitude

Located in the north fork of Cascade Canyon at the base of Paintbrush Divide, Lake Solitude is a popular destination for many backpackers and hikers. Though it is relatively small alpine lake, a variety of landscape, colorful wildflowers, wildlife, and the awe-inspiring Tetons await those willing to make the 20-mile round trip.

Leigh Lake

Easily accessed by canoe, kayak, or foot, Leigh Lake offers awe-inspiring views coupled with outdoor adventure.  Located at the base of Mt. Moran and just north of String Lake, Leigh Lake is popular with day hikers and boaters, as well as those wishing to experience an overnight canoe camping trip. 

Marion Lake

Located along the Teton Crest Trail and 12 miles up Granite Canyon, Marion Lake offers a true alpine wilderness experience.  Several approaches are available to backpackers and hikers, all offering spectacular vistas, a variety of landscapes, and opportunity for wildlife viewing.  Permits are required for backcountry campsites located along the canyon and lakeside.

Phelps Lake

Situated in the southern end of Grand Teton National Park at the mouth of Death Canyon, Phelps Lake is popular with day hikers and backpackers alike.  A moderate hike attracts those desiring spectacular scenery, opportunity for viewing wildlife, picnic spots, and even swimming hole.  Phelps Lake is accessible both in the summer and winter.

Snake River

The Snake River flows through Grand Teton National Park from north to south.  A photographer's delight, the Snake is also famous for world-class fishing, rafting, and scenic float tours.  There are many outfitters that offer rafting excursions, fishing tours, and equipment rentals, both inside Grand Teton Park and in nearby Jackson Hole.

Taggart Lake

Often combined with a day hike to Bradley Lake, Taggart Lake is popular in both the summer and winter.  Offering views of the Tetons and Jackson Hole valley, this moderate hike traverses through an old forest fire burn area. The Bradley-Taggart Trailhead is accessible by car in the winter, making this a popular spot with cross country skiers and snowshoers.

Two Ocean Lake

Visited in both the summer and winter, Two Ocean Lake is located near Emma Matilda Lake and is accessed from an adjacent parking lot off of the Rockefeller Memorial Highway.  Day hikers can visit both Two Ocean and Emma Matilda Lakes (12.9 miles round trip).  If limited by time, the trail to Two Ocean is considerably shorter (6.4 miles round trip) and offers panoramic views from the Grand View Point.

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