Jackson Lake

Vacation Travel Guide
Jackson Lake showing mountains and a lake or waterhole

Go boating, hiking, fishing and camping on remote islands at this vast lake set in the shadow of the mountains of the Teton Range.

Jackson Lake is a place to re-energize and dabble in recreational activities alongside the glorious mountain backdrop of Grand Teton National Park. Spend a day cruising the calm lake water, exploring nature trails, fishing for trout and visiting islands. Jackson Lake stretches for 15 miles (24 kilometers) at the base of the northern Teton Range. It was created by glacial erosion and is fed by the Snake River.

A great way to experience the lake is to rent a boat and explore at your own pace. From May to September, canoes, motorized boats and sea kayaks are available at Signal Mountain Lodge. Visitors often bring their own water skis for more thrills on the lake. Enjoy the jaw-dropping views in all directions, dominated by Doane Peak, Eagles Rest Peak and Rammell Mountain to the west.

Fishing is permitted during the summer with a license. Brown trout, cutthroat trout, salmon and pike all inhabit the water. Be sure to visit one of the 15 islands scattered around the lake. The biggest, Elk Island, is a great place to camp overnight, walk through conifer forests and relax on pebbly beaches. Advance reservations at the park’s visitor centers are recommended for the island’s campsite.

Just a 5-minute drive or 15-minute walk north of the lodge is the Chapel of the Sacred Heart, a quaint church built entirely of logs. Its waterfront setting offers more views of the mountains and their reflections in the glass-like water.

At Colter Bay Village, also on the water, the Colter Bay Lakeshore Trail accesses a broad beachfront and a scenic pathway around a forested peninsula. Rent a boat at Colter Bay Marina. The Heron Pond and Swan Lake Loop is another trail accessible from the village.

Find the lake about 40 miles (64 kilometers) north of both Jackson and Teton Village. The most convenient way to get here is via rented car. Use the free parking at Colter Bay Village and Signal Mountain Lodge.

Visit Jackson Lake year-round, with June to September being the most popular months. Pick up maps and purchase permits at Colter Bay Visitor Center.

Top Hotels Close to Jackson Lake

Colter Bay Village
Colter Bay Village
2.5 out of 5
11 Miles North Of Moran Jct, Highway 89, Moran, WY
This family-friendly Moran resort is located on a lake, within 1 mi (2 km) of Colter Bay Marina and Colter Bay Visitor Center. Oxbow Bend and Grand Teton National ...
4/5 Very Good! (620 reviews)
"It was a fantastic experience to stay at a nice, historic cabin. I wished there were a coffee maker in the room or hot water dispenser nearby to make hot drinks."

Reviewed on Oct 3, 2021

Colter Bay Village
Jackson Lake Lodge
Jackson Lake Lodge
3.5 out of 5
101 Jackson Lake Lodge Road, Moran, WY
This family-friendly Moran resort is located in the historical district, 2.7 mi (4.3 km) from Oxbow Bend, and within 6 mi (10 km) of Grand View Point and Colter ...
4/5 Very Good! (999 reviews)
"Loved the location. Buffet was great!"

Reviewed on Oct 13, 2021

Jackson Lake Lodge
Headwater's Lodge & Cabins at Flagg Ranch
Headwater's Lodge & Cabins at Flagg Ranch
3 out of 5
2 mi south of S. Entrance of Yellowstone, Hwy 89, Moran, WY
Situated on a river, this hotel is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from John D. Rockefeller Jr Memorial Parkway and 2.6 mi (4.2 km) from Yellowstone National Park South Entrance. ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (999 reviews)
"So wonderful, private and convenient to Yellowstone. So incredible, would recommend this to everyone"

Reviewed on Oct 17, 2021

Headwater's Lodge & Cabins at Flagg Ranch
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Heart 6 Ranch
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3 out of 5
16985 Buffalo Valley Road, Moran, WY
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