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

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Jenny Lake

Located in central Grand Teton National Park, Jenny Lake in Wyoming is famous for numerous hiking trails, scenic boat tours, and access to spectacular backcountry camping and unparalleled climbing.

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  • In Grand Teton National Park, Jenny Lake offers access to unparalleled views of the Cathedral Group.
  • After a spectacular hike to Inspiration Point and Cascade Canyon, enjoy a scenic boat shuttle home.
  • Explore Jenny Lake, WY by canoe or kayak.
  • Visit the Jenny Lake Rangers for information on camping and climbing.

Overview

Jenny Lake in Wyoming is not only famous for it's many hiking trails and scenic boat trips, but also for nearby backcountry camping, the Jenny Lake Rangers, and it's relatively quick access to the major climbing routes of the Teton Range's tallest peaks.

Location

Jenny Lake, WY lies at the base of the main Teton peaks, known as the Cathedral group. From the Craig Thomas Visitor Center in Moose, Jenny Lake is located 8 miles north on the inner park road and is easily accessible by car or bike.  If visiting during the winter months, be aware that the inner park road is closed from November to May.

Seasons

Although road access is closed November to May, outdoor enthusiasts visit Jenny Lake in Grand Teton National Park throughout the year.  From the Taggart Lake trailhead, skiers and those on snowshoes can continue north to a frozen Jenny Lake.  Scenic Boat trips begin in May, and late summer brings climbers to the area as the snow melts in the high peaks.  If driving to Jenny Lake in July and August, keep in mind the trailhead parking areas fill early in the day, especially at South Jenny Lake.

Activities

Highlights
Visitors and locals alike enjoy all that Jenny Lake, Wyoming has to offer, especially in the summer and fall months.  After a full day of spectacular hiking in Cascade Canyon or a climb in the high peaks, watch a Teton sunset from a boat shuttle home.  An alternative to hiking, explore the lake with the whole family by canoe or a scenic boat tour.

Hiking
Whether you are looking for a day hike offering spectacular Teton views or an overnight backpacking destination, there are numerous hiking trails in the Jenny Lake area.  Many families enjoy a 6.6-mile long trail that winds around the entire lake, with little elevation gains.  Hidden Falls and Inspiration Point are popular destinations on the west side of Jenny Lake.  From Inspiration Point, hikers continue into Cascade Canyon, where one will likely see numerous wildlife, a colorful array of wildflowers, and the spectacular Tetons.

Boating and Fishing
From mid-May to late September, boat shuttles to Hidden falls, scenic boat tours and kayak/canoe rentals are available at Jenny Lake.  These tours and rentals are available at the local marina next to the visitor center.  Be sure to bring your fishing rod along as you explore the lake by small motorboat or canoe. 

Campgrounds and Backcountry Camping
Jenny Lake Campground is the most popular developed campgrounds in Grand Teton National Park.  Offering 51 sites for tents only, it's generally full by mid-morning during the summer months. Many backpackers access the backcountry campsites of Cascade Canyon and Paintbrush Canyon via Jenny Lake, which requires a backcountry permit.  Mountaineers are also required to obtain permits from the Jenny Lake Ranger Station to camp or bivouac in Garnet Canyon.  Reservations for all permits are accepted from January 1st to May 15th.

Additional Information

Both the Jenny Lake Ranger Station and Jenny Lake Visitor Center are closed during the winter.  Permits and detailed information involving backpacking, climbing, and mountaineering can be obtained at the Jenny Lake Ranger Station.  The visitor center offers geology exhibits, a small bookstore, guided walks and talks, and an activity schedule.

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