Boating in Grand Teton
There are many opportunities for enjoying water in Grand Teton National Park. The Snake River flows through the park and features world-class fishing, unparalleled wildlife viewing, and mild rapids depending on time of year. Many of the more accessible lakes are open for a variety of activities.
Beginning April 6, 2021, boat permits will be available for purchase on Recreation.gov. The new online mail-order system will improve the visitor experience by allowing boaters to plan ahead and have their permit mailed directly to them within two weeks. The park will continue to issue boating permits during summer operations at the Craig Thomas Discovery and Visitor Center and Colter Bay Visitor Center permit desks. All boats are required to purchase a boat permit prior to launching on any of the park’s waters. The park also requires windsurfing boards, which are only legal on Jackson Lake, and stand-up paddle boards (SUPs), kayaks and canoes to have a park boat permit before they launch in the park. Inner tubes, air mattresses, kick boats, float tubes and similar individual swimming/ fishing flotation devices are exempt from needing a park boat permit and are prohibited on rivers and streams in the park.
Permit FeesPermits are required for all motorized and non-motorized boats, including stand-up paddleboards (SUPs). Privately owned vessels must register each year with Grand Teton National Park. Permits may be purchased beginning April 6, 2021, on Recreation.gov or at the visitor centers in Moose or Colter Bay during summer operations.
Aquatic Invasive Species
PREVENT THE SPREAD OF PATHOGENS - CLEAN. DRAIN. DRY.
Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS), such as whirling disease and zebra or quagga mussels, are a serious ecological and economic threat to the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem. Boats, waders, and anything else that comes in contact with a body of water has the potential to spread non-native plants, pathogens, and other invasive species among water bodies.
Wyoming AIS FeesA Wyoming State Aquatic Invasive Species decal can be purchased online at the Wyoming Game and Fish Department website or from a variety of local vendors.
Boating and Floating Regulations
Download the following brochures for additional guidelines and permit information:
Jackson Lake Kayaking Tours
Jenny Lake Shuttle
Additional Grand Teton Information
Last updated: August 9, 2022