Jenny Lake

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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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Jenny Lake Lodge
Jenny Lake Lodge
3.5 out of 5
N Jenny Lake Jct, Moose, WY
Situated in a national park, this romantic lodge is within 1 mi (2 km) of String Lake and Jenny Lake. Leigh Lake and Chapel of the Transfiguration are also within ...
4.4/5 Excellent! (55 reviews)
"Great stay at Jenny Lake Lodge. Compared to our time at the Lake Yellowstone Hotel, where the seasonal staff seemed to still be learning the ropes, the team at Jenny Lake was extremely well trained and solicitous. The setting is gorgeous; the property is lovely; and the food in the dining room is ..."

Reviewed on Jul 5, 2019

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Jenny Lake Lodge
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Enjoy the Privacy of a Lost Creek Cabin - Book for Your Summer Retreat Today!
Moran, WY
Situated in Moran, this vacation home is 2.3 mi (3.6 km) from Snake River Overlook and within 9 mi (15 km) of Cunningham Cabin and Glacier View Turnout. Schwabacher's ...
4.9/5 Exceptional! (11 reviews)
Awesome spot, great views
"Great cabin with great views. Easy access to the park. Loved the porch with views out over the mountains. The ranch it sits on is cool and also has great views as you walk the property. Great trail up the back of ranch to top of hill with awesome views. Def recommend."

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Rustic & Modern Home, Tons of Wildlife, Close to GTNP Entrance | Abode at The Wild
Rustic & Modern Home, Tons of Wildlife, Close to GTNP Entrance | Abode at The Wild
Jackson, WY
Situated in Jackson, this vacation home is 0.3 mi (0.5 km) from Teton Range and within 9 mi (15 km) of Grand Teton National Park and National Museum of Wildlife ...
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Jenny Lake Lodge
Jenny Lake Lodge
3.5 out of 5
N Jenny Lake Jct, Moose, WY
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Moran, WY
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Jackson Lake Lodge
Jackson Lake Lodge
3.5 out of 5
101 Jackson Lake Lodge Road, Moran, WY
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Continuum
3 out of 5
3345 West Village Drive, Teton Village, WY
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Colter Bay Village
2.5 out of 5
11 Miles North Of Moran Jct, Highway 89, Moran, WY
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Classic, comfortable log home with stunning views
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Sioux Lodge Suites by Grand Targhee Resort
2.5 out of 5
3300 Ski Hill Road, Alta, WY
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