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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.
This family-friendly Moran resort is located on a lake, within 1 mi (2 km) of Grand Teton National Park, Colter Bay Marina and Colter Bay Visitor Center. Oxbow Bend and Yellowstone National Park South Entrance are also within 20 mi (32 km).
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 Bay Visitor Center. Signal Mountain and Jenny Lake are also within 16 mi (25 km).
Conveniently near skiing facilities, this Moran hotel is located in the mountains, within 3 mi (5 km) of John D. Rockefeller Jr Memorial Parkway and Yellowstone National Park South Entrance, and close to winter sports, such as cross-country skiing. Grand Teton National Park and Colter Bay Marina are also within 20 mi (32 km).
Situated in Moran, this ranch is 0.1 mi (0.2 km) from Grand Teton National Park and within 12 miles (20 km) of Oxbow Bend and Cunningham Cabin. Chapel of the Sacred Heart and Grand View Point are also within 12 miles (20 km).
Located near the slopes, this Moran ranch is on a river, within 9 mi (15 km) of Grand Teton National Park and Oxbow Bend, and close to winter sports, such as skiing lessons. Cunningham Cabin and Chapel of the Sacred Heart are also within 12 miles (20 km).
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 12 mi (20 km).
Situated on the riverfront, this campsite is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from John D. Rockefeller Jr Memorial Parkway and 2.8 mi (4.5 km) from Yellowstone National Park South Entrance. Grand Teton National Park and Moose Falls are also within 6 miles (10 km).
Located near to the slopes, this Moran cabin is 0.6 mi (1 km) from Grand Teton National Park and is convenient for winter sports, such as cross-country skiing and snowmobiling. Oxbow Bend and Grand View Point are also within 12 miles (20 km).