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Jenny Lake

Discover one of the most popular areas of Grand Teton National Park via boat tours, scenic lookouts and walking trails. 

Marvel at the serene natural beauty of the snow-capped mountain peaks that rise from a shoreline of forested valleys at Jenny Lake. Embark on family-friendly adventures on foot and by boat to get close to the remarkable landscapes of the Teton Range. Jenny Lake is a 12 thousand-year-old glacial lake set at the base of Cascade Canyon. It’s one of only two lakes in Grand Teton National Park where motorized boating is allowed. 

The southern section of the lake is the more developed. Browse exhibits on the ecology, geology and wildlife of the national park at Jenny Lake Visitor Center. Pick up park maps and find out about ranger-led tours. Purchase backcountry permits and check the status of trails at Jenny Lake Ranger Station.  

Join a 1-hour scenic boat tour of the lake and hear stories about the local plants, animals and landscapes. Gaze in awe at the Cathedral Group, a mountain range that includes the soaring peaks of Grand Teton, Mount Owen and Teewinot. Rent a canoe or kayak and set your own leisurely pace. 

From the Jenny Lake Trailhead, the Jenny Lake Trail skirts the lake’s southern banks and leads to the base of Cascade Canyon. Follow Cascade Canyon Trail through thick woodland to Hidden Falls and Inspiration Point lookout. Adventurous visitors might want to continue to the Forks of Cascade Canyon trails. Alternatively, reach the canyon by catching a shuttle boat. 

North of Jenny Lake Trailhead, the waterfront pathway has access to several viewpoints. This route can also be traveled by bike or car. Whichever route you choose, watch for black and grizzly bears, deer, marmots and moose. 

The lake is a 30-minute drive north of Jackson and 40 minutes from Teton Village. Be aware of pedestrians when driving on the Jenny Lake Scenic Drive. Use the free parking at the visitor center. Jenny Lake Campground is a great place to pitch a tent after a day of exploring. Camping is on a first-come, first-served basis.

Jenny Lake is accessible year-round, although closed to car traffic from November through April. Boat tours and rentals operate from May through September.


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Lodging Near Jenny Lake

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$500
Jenny Lake Lodge

Jenny Lake Lodge

N Jenny Lake Jct, Moose
4.3
of 5, from 16 reviews
3.5 out of 5.0

Located in Grand Teton National Park, this romantic lodge is within 3 mi (5 km) of Jenny Lake, Cascade Canyon Trail, and Jenny Lake Visitor Center. South Jenny Lake Ranger Station and Cascade Canyon are also within 6 mi (10 km).

$239
Jackson Lake Lodge

Jackson Lake Lodge

101 Jackson Lake Lodge Road, Moran
3.8
of 5, from 531 reviews
3.5 out of 5.0

This family-friendly Moran resort is located in the historical district, within 3 mi (5 km) of Oxbow Bend and Grand View Point. Colter Bay Visitor Center and Jenny Lake are also within 16 mi (25 km).

$236
Colter Bay Village

Colter Bay Village

11 Miles North Of Moran Jct, Moran
3.7
of 5, from 103 reviews
2.5 out of 5.0

Located in Grand Teton National Park, this resort is within 1 mi (2 km) of Colter Bay Indian Arts Museum, Colter Bay Marina, and Colter Bay Visitor Center. Hermitage Point Trail and Leeks Marina are also within 2 mi (3 km).

Teewinot Lodge by Grand Targhee Resort

Teewinot Lodge by Grand Targhee Resort

3300 Ski Hill Rd., Alta
3.7
of 5, from 106 reviews
3.0 out of 5.0

Situated in the mountains, this eco-friendly lodge is in the same region as Grand Targhee Resort, Alaska Basin Trail, and Teton Geotourism Center. Regional attractions also include The Links Golf Course and Grand Teton Brewing Company.

$154
Snake River Lodge & Spa

Snake River Lodge & Spa

7710 Granite Loop Rd, Teton Village
4.1
of 5, from 399 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

One mile from Grand Teton National Park and 12 miles from downtown Jackson, this sophisticated lodge and full-service spa is in Teton Village, accessible via heated walkway to Jackson Hole Mountain Resort.

Targhee Lodge By Grand Targhee Resort

Targhee Lodge By Grand Targhee Resort

3300 Ski Hill Rd., Alta
3.5
of 5, from 32 reviews
2.5 out of 5.0

Situated in the mountains, this spa hotel is in the same region as Grand Targhee Resort, Teton Geotourism Center, and The Links Golf Course. Regional attractions also include Grand Teton Brewing Company.

Sioux Lodge Suites by Grand Targhee Resort

Sioux Lodge Suites by Grand Targhee Resort

3300 Ski Hill Road, Alta
3.5
of 5, from 50 reviews
2.5 out of 5.0

Situated in the mountains, this eco-friendly hotel is in the same region as Grand Targhee Resort, Alaska Basin Trail, and Teton Geotourism Center. Regional attractions also include The Links Golf Course and Grand Teton Brewing Company.