Jackson Lake, Grand Teton National Park Fishing, Camping, Boating

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Jackson Lake

Grand Teton National Park's Jackson Lake is the largest and most popular lake,  not only because of the spectacular scenery and amenities, but also for fishing, boating, and even sailing.

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  • Visit Jackson Lake in Grand Teton National Park for summer fun and winter solitude
  • After a day of fishing or boating on Jackson Lake, enjoy a cold drink on the deck while watching a beautiful sunset over the Tetons
  • Wind-surfing and sailboats are also popular pastimes and only allowed on Jackson Lake, Wyoming

Overview

One of the largest high altitude lakes in the United States, Jackson Lake in Wyoming is popular with visitors and locals alike.  At the base of the northern Tetons, Jackson Lake offers a plethora of activities, such as boating, sailing, or fishing, as well as several choices for lodging, groceries, and dining.

Location

Located in northern Grand Teton National Park, Jackson Lake, WY is accessible by the outer Teton Park Road and John D. Rockefeller Memorial Parkway.  Almost 15 miles long, Jackson Lake lies at the base of the Tetons, with Mt. Moran towards the southern end and Steamboat Mountain on the north end. 

Seasons

Unlike other lakes in Grand Teton National Park, Jackson Lake is accessible during both the summer and winter.  Winter access entails driving the outer park road (Highway 191) to Moran Junction.  From here one can travel south until the road closure at Signal Mountain or north to Flagg Ranch.  Although there is road access, most amenities and satellite visitor centers are closed in the winter months, so be sure to check at the Craig Thomas Discovery and Visitor Center in Moose for updates.

Activities

Highlights
During the warm summer months, locals and visitors alike enjoy a variety of water sports on Jackson Lake, such as boating, fishing, wind-surfing, and swimming.  After a full day on the lake, enjoy a cold drink and a delicious plate of nachos on the deck while watching the sun set over the Tetons.  Although jet skis are prohibited, Jackson Lake is the park's only lake that allows water-skiing, wakeboarding, sailboats, and wind-surfing.  Traveling without a boat?  Consider renting a pontoon boat to explore the islands and inlets of Jackson Lake. Ice-fishing is also popular in the winter, as well as snowshoeing and cross-country skiing.

Fishing
Fishing is also a popular pastime at Jackson Lake. Cutthroat, brook and brown trout, salmon, and pike fill the lake's deep waters. To protect fish populations, Jackson Lake is closed to fishing in October for the month, and some bait types and fishing equipment varieties may be restricted as well.  Ice fishing is allowed in the winter months as well. You can inquire about fishing regulations from the park service.


Campgrounds and Amenities
Developed campgrounds can be found at Signal Mountain, Colter Bay, and Lizard Creek.  In addition to these campgrounds, lodging, grocery stores, and gas stations are located at Signal Mountain, Colter Bay Village, and Jackson Lake Lodge. 

Marinas
Popular access points for boats include Signal Mountain, Colter Bay, and Leeks Marinas.  If you are interested in renting a pontoon boat or a sailboat tour, visit the Signal Mountain marina.

Additional Information


Fishing and boating permits are required and can be obtained at the visitor centers in Moose, Jenny Lake or Colter Bay. 

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