Boat on a Lake

Boating on Jackson Lake with clear blue waters reflecting the Teton Mountain Range

NPS Photo/J. Bonney

Boating on the majestic lakes of Grand Teton National Park is an experience like no other. The crystal clear, mountain waters of Jackson, Leigh, String, and Jenny lakes reflect the towering peaks of the Teton Range, creating a stunning backdrop for a day filled with adventure. Whether you plan to fish, paddle, or just take in the scenery, boating on the lakes of Grand Teton National Park is a truly unique experience you won't soon forget. Make your splash and discover how to spend time boating on a lake in Grand Teton.


Lakes You Can Boat On


Motorized Boats
Motor boats are only allowed on Jackson and Jenny Lakes. On Jenny Lake, motors may not exceed 10 horsepower.

Non-Motorized Boats
Human-powered vessels are permitted on Jackson, Jenny, Phelps, Emma Matilda, Two Ocean, Taggart, Bradley, Bearpaw, Leigh, and String lakes.

Except for the Snake River, all other waters within the park and parkway are closed to watercraft, including Pacific Creek, Buffalo Fork, Cottonwood Creek, and the Gros Ventre River.

Leeks Marina, the Teton Range, and Jackson Lake

NPS Photo/J. Bonney


Signal Mountain Marina
Open during summer operations.

Colter Bay Marina
Open during summer operations.

Leeks Marina
Open during summer operations.


Boat Trailer Parking

These parking areas are for trailer use only. No vessel may remain on the trailer while parked in these locations. Please park in designated areas only, illegally parked vehicles may be ticketed and/or towed.

Location Day Parking Short-Term Parking
(3-night limit)*
Long-Term Parking
Leeks Marina Upper parking lot Upper parking lot None
Colter Bay Colter Bay Village parking lot designated by striping and signed for boats & RVs Colter Bay Visitor Center parking lot (east side, designated area) Near Colter Bay Cabin Office for GTLC permit with slip or mooring
Signal Mountain Boat ramp parking area Mid-lot parking area Base of Signal Mountain Summit Road, on the north side, with Signal Mountain mooring permit
Spalding Bay Designated sites, parking permit required None None

*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.

Spalding Bay Trailer Parking Permit
Because of limited space, only single axle boat trailers are allowed at Spalding Bay. Trailer parking requires a special parking permit. Parking permits are obtained by calling Teton Interagency Dispatch Center at 307-739-3397.


Additional Grand Teton Information

A lake and mountain as seen from the perspective of a kayaker
Get on the Water

Learn about boating and floating regulations in the park.

A man fly fishes at an alpine lake

Fish for trout within valley and alpine lakes.

Visitors watch the sun rise on mountains.
Plan Your Visit

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Last updated: September 7, 2023

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Contact Info

Mailing Address:

P.O. Box 170
Moose, WY 83012


Talk to a Ranger? To speak to a Grand Teton National Park ranger call 307–739–3399 for visitor information Monday-Friday during business hours.

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