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Jackson Lake

Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming USA

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“What remains after the glaciers passed through”

Jackson Lake is in Grand Teton National Park in northwestern Wyoming. This natural lake was enlarged by the construction of the Jackson Lake Dam, which was originally built in 1911, enlarged in 1916 and rebuilt by 1989. The top 33 ft (10 m) of the lake is utilized by farmers in Idaho for irrigation purposes. The lake is the remnant of large glacial gouging from the neighboring Teton Range to the west and the Yellowstone Plateau to the north. The lake is primarily fed by the Snake River, which flows in from the north and empties at Jackson Lake Dam. Jackson Lake is one of the largest high altitude lakes in the United States, at an elevation of 6,772 ft (2,064 m) above sea level. The lake is up to 15 mi long, 7 mi wide and 438 ft deep. The water of the lake averages below 60 °F, even during the summer. Numerous species of fish inhabit the lake including nonnative brown and lake trout and the native Snake River fine-spotted cutthroat trout and mountain whitefish.There are over 15 islands in the lake, including the largest, Elk Island, and Donoho Point. John D. Rockefeller, Jr. Memorial Parkway is located near the northern end of Jackson Lake and extends to the south entrance of Yellowstone National Park. This roadway combines with the roads in Grand Teton National Park that follow the eastern side of the lake, and provides access for boating and fishing. There are several marinas and lodges along the eastern shore such as Leeks marina, Colter Bay Village, Jackson Lake Lodge and Signal Mountain Lodge. All of these except Jackson Lake Lodge have boat access points and ramps. The western shore of Jackson Lake is primitive, with only hiking trails and a handful of primitive campground spots.

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April 24, 2019

This park is a bummer. Cant walk or do anything. Like Grannies living room with plastic slip covers. Look but don't touch. The park is designed to send you in a big circle around the grounds with no stopping to look, hike or enjoy it. A complete rip off.

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July 08, 2017
Rated 3.0

The largest of the Grand Teton lakes, but appeared to be more touristy and not as quaint as the others. We did not find hiking or beaches nearby to enjoy the lake.

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July 21, 2016
Rated 5.0

Absolute Beautiful view from the lodge. Glad we went.

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December 29, 2015
Rated 5.0

Everyone said "Go!" We said "Why?" They said "Just to see it!" After Yellowstone, I thought I was sceneried out but a trip through Grand Teton and gazing at the mountains and Jackson Lake is completely worth it! Go! Just go see it!

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April 29, 2015
Rated 4.0

I'll get this out of the way now-- the water is freaking cold. But, if you can get past that, it's definitely worth checking out, and swimming in. Great for trout fishing or enjoying the reflection of the mountains in the water!

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