Jackson Lake, Wyoming, USA
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Topics we cover in this article:
- All About Jackson Lake
- Things to Do
- Fish Species
- Where to Stay
- Vacation Planning Tools
- Jackson Lake Map
- Statistics / Weather / Helpful Links
- Shop Jackson Lake Gifts
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All About Jackson Lake
Jackson Lake is located in northwestern Wyoming, just south of Yellowstone National Park. It is in the heart of Grand Teton National Park, one of the most spectacularly picturesque Parks in the United States. With its over 25,000 surface acres, Jackson Lake is a utopia for the over 2 million visitors that seek out its recreational opportunities. Being part of Grand Teton National Park, boating and fishing in the shadows of the Tetons are THE major drawing cards. With Yellowstone National Park nearby, Jackson Lake is an ideal location from which to head out for a day’s sightseeing and play.
Jackson Lake is a natural lake fed by the Snake River, with its volume increased by Jackson Lake Dam, originally built as a log-crib dam in 1906. A new concrete and earthen dam replaced the original by 1916. The dam’s main purpose is to provide irrigation water for the Snake River Basin. Under the auspices of the US Bureau of Reclamation, the dam was reconstructed in 1989 for increased earthquake protection. Great outdoor recreation of all types is a byproduct of the dam and Jackson Lake. The US Bureau of Reclamation operates and maintains the dam and reservoir while the National Park Service administers Jackson Lake. Jackson Lake can freeze to more than six feet thick in the winter.
Excellent boating is a major enjoyment on the gorgeous waters of Jackson Lake. Large fully-stocked marinas at Signal Mountain Lodge, Leeks Marina, and Colter Bay Village offer boat rentals and supplies. Everything from Deck Cruisers to canoes and kayaks may be rented here. Watersports abound and boating can be enjoyed in the spectacular mountain-rimmed setting. For those not having or wanting to rent a boat of their own, the scenic float trips down the Snake River (May through September) are very enjoyable for the whole family.
Jackson Lake is a fine ‘fishing hole’. Brown trout, lake trout, cutthroat trout, pike and salmon are found in the most likely spots. Exciting wildlife also abounds including elk, moose, bear, bison and coyotes. Spend some time observing these beautiful animals, but remember – they are wild and deserve measured respect.
Developed camping is available at Signal Mountain and Lizard Creek Campgrounds from May through October (check for specific dates). The camping possibilities are endless and memorable. Camping on the west side of Jackson Lake is primitive, but ideal for the outdoor enthusiast – remember that bear sightings and encounters are numerous. There are several lodges along the east side of the lake.
In summary, Jackson Lake delivers a spectacular scenic setting in which to enjoy all of the wealth of outdoor activities. A trip to Jackson Lake will provide a multitude of treasured memories.
Things to Do at Jackson Lake
- Vacation Rentals
- Wildlife Viewing
- National Park
Fish Species Found at Jackson Lake
- Brown Trout
- Cutthroat Trout
- Lake Trout
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Recommended Sites to Book a Jackson Lake Vacation
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- VRBO – Use VRBO to find the perfect lake rental home, condo, cabin, cottage or other vacation property.
- Booking.com – One of the world’s leading digital travel companies, Booking.com connects travelers to everything from cozy B&Bs to luxury resorts.
- Expedia – Expedia is a popular online travel agency with more than 140,000 lodging properties worldwide.
- Hotels.com – With more than 325,000 hotels in 19,000-plus locations, Hotels.com is an industry leader in online accommodations.
- TripAdvisor – Read traveler reviews and compare prices on hotels, vacation rentals and more at TripAdvisor.
- Trivago – Trivago helps travelers compare deals for hotels and other accommodations from a variety of booking sites.
- KAYAK – KAYAK scours hundreds of other travel websites at once to find the best deals on hotels and other travel-related services.
- RVshare –RVshare connects travelers interested in renting a motorhome with owners who have RVs to rent.
- CampSpot – Campspot offers premier RV resorts, family campgrounds, cabins and glamping options across North America.
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Jackson Lake Statistics & Helpful Links
Lake Type: Natural Freshwater Lake, Dammed
Water Level Control: U.S. Bureau of Reclamation
Surface Area: 25,540 acres
Normal Elevation (Full Pond): 6,760 feet
Minimum Elevation (Min Pond): 6,730 feet
Maximum Elevation (Max Pond): 6,769 feet
Maximum Depth: 438 feet
Water Volume: 847,000 acre-feet
Completion Year: 1916
Drainage Area: 1,824 sq. miles
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