Jackson Lake is one of the best outdoor recreation areas to visit during the summer months. Cool off on the lake and take in sweeping views of Grand Teton National Park.
In the northwest region of Grand Teton National Park lies Jackson Lake. This 15-mile long glacial lake is located at the base of the Tetons. While it is a natural lake, its size increased significantly with the construction of a damn in the early 1900s. It has since become a recreational destination, with visitors flocking to Jackson Lake's shores for fishing, boating and camping.
Here are four of the top ways to explore Jackson Lake this summer:
1. Explore with A Boat Rental
Boat rentals are available at Signal Mountain Lodge, which is located at the southern end of the lake. Spend a day water skiing, wakeboarding, or exploring the many islands and inlets.
2. Camp Out Under the Stars
There are more than 15 islands in the lake, and the largest one is called Elk Island. For a unique camping experience, spend a night at the primitive site on Elk Island. You can reserve this spot at the visitor centers in Moose, Jenny Lake or Colter Bay, but plan ahead, as this is a popular camping destination for locals and visitors alike. More developed campgrounds are also available at Signal Mountain, Colter Bay, and Lizard Creek.
And for those looking to catch up on some summer reading or work on a tan, the many bays and shores on Jackson Lake provide the perfect setting for a "beach" day. You might even forget you are in landlocked Wyoming, as you gaze out over the water...although the towering mountain peaks might give it away!