Make a Splash
Experience the Tetons from a new perspective! Paddling on the The Snake River or on a clear lake offers stunning views, world-class fishing, and breathtaking wildlife viewing opportunities.
Permits and Decals
Before you go, make sure you have the right permits and decals for your vessel.
Grand Teton Boat Permit
All boats are required to have a Grand Teton Boat Permit prior to launching on any of the park’s waters. Permits are required for all motorized and non-motorized boats, including stand-up paddleboards (SUPs) and windsurfing boards. Privately owned vessels must register each year with Grand Teton National Park. Permits may be purchased on Recreation.gov or at the visitor centers in Moose or Colter Bay during summer operations. Boaters can also have their permit mailed directly to them within two weeks.
Grand Teton Boat Permit Fees
To fulfill the temporary permit requirements, you must:
Wyoming AIS Decal
All watercraft using Wyoming waters are required to display a Wyoming Aquatic Invasive Species decal. The decal can be purchased online at the Wyoming Game and Fish Department website or from a variety of local vendors. Fees collected for the AIS decal will be used to fund the AIS program and inspections in Wyoming along with Game and Fish generated license sale funds.
Note: Non-motorized inflatable watercraft 10 feet or less in length, all solid and inflatable paddleboards regardless of length, and all devices defined as water sport toys are exempt from the Wyoming State AIS Decal requirement.
Aquatic Invasive Species
PREVENT THE SPREAD OF PATHOGENS - CLEAN. DRAIN. DRY.
All boats entering Grand Teton National Park are required to stop for an Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS) inspection. By law, boats coming from out of state must be inspected or have valid proof of inspection before they launch on waters in Wyoming, including waters in the park. This includes motorized boats, rafts, drift boats, canoes, kayaks, stand-up paddle boards, and all watercraft 10 feet and longer. Boaters must also purchase an Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS) decal from the Wyoming Game and Fish Department.
Learn more about preventing the spread of AIS.
Do You Have What You Need?
You are required by law to carry the necessary safety equipment aboard your watercraft. Safety equipment requirements vary by the class of your boat, which is determined by the boat's length. Review required equipment list by class of boat.
Things to Know
Before you boat in Grand Teton, review all regulations including Wyoming State boating regulations.
Frequently Asked Questions
Pets are not allowed on the water except for day use within boats on Jackson Lake.
Yes, water skiing and wakeboarding are only allowed on Jackson Lake.
Report collisions, accidents, fires or other incidents that results in property loss, property damage, personal injury or death to a park ranger immediately. Each operator of involved vessels must report. This report does not relieve the responsibility of reporting boating accidents as may be required by the State and/or the U.S. Coast Guard. Any operator involved in an accident must also provide in writing his name, address, and identification of his vessel to any injured person and/or to the owner of any damaged property.
No, Jet skis and personal watercraft are prohibited on all park waters.
Yes, however, sailboats and windsurfers may only be used on Jackson Lake and require proper permits and decals.
Yes, shore camping is only permitted at designated numbered sites along Jackson and Leigh lakes. You cannot camp along the Snake River.
All motorized boats are allowed on Jackson Lake. Motorized boats 10 HP or under are allowed on Jenny Lake.
You can take non-motorized watercraft, like kayaks, canoes, and stand up paddleboards, on the Snake River and Jackson, Jenny, Phelps, Emma Matilda, Two Ocean, Taggart, Bradley, Bearpaw, Leigh, and String lakes.
You can park trailers at any of the Snake River landings and launches in the park for day use. There is also trailer parking at various marinas.
* After 72 hours, the trailer must be removed for 24 hours. Trailers may be parked in short-term parking no more than 30 days during a calendar year.
Boat on a Lake
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Additional Grand Teton Information
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Last updated: April 3, 2023