Must-See Destination #3: Jackson Lake

Just north of Leigh Lake is Jackson Lake, the largest lake in the Tetons, and one of the largest high-altitude lakes in the country at 6,700 feet up! In fact, it’s so big that we’ll be posting some off-shoot must-see’s from it. (There’s so much to do there!)

Jackson Lake is 15 miles long, 7 miles wide, and over 400 feet deep. It has several bays and 15 islands, the largest of which is Elk Island. Its size has been enlarged since the construction of the Jackson Lake Dam, which was built in 1911 and rebuilt in 1989.

Its pristine glacial waters are chilled below 60 degrees Fahrenheit even in the summer. It’s fed chiefly by the Snake River flowing in from the north. And the lake is globally known as a prime fishing destination with a wide variety of species inhabiting it, particularly trout and whitefish.

The John D. Rockefeller, Jr. Memorial Highway runs by it, and there are marinas and lodges along the lake’s eastern shore providing starting- and end-points for a variety of day-long activities in and around the lake. These spots include: Leeks Marina, Signal Mountain Lodge, Jackson Lake Lodge, and Colter Bay Village.

If you’re looking to hike, picnic, swim, boat, kayak, fish, etc., all in one spot, Jackson Hole’s your best bet.

Check out Jackson Lake Lodge