Explore Jenny Lake
Jenny Lake is one of the most visited areas in Grand Teton National Park. Tucked away at the base of the Teton Range, the lake is a centerpiece of the park. From the east shore, visitors have views of Teewinot Mountain, Mount St. John, and into Cascade Canyon. From the west shore, visitors can look back across the lake towards the valley of Jackson Hole.
Several popular trails leave from Jenny Lake. Hikers can loop the lake, visit Hidden Falls and Inspiration Point, or travel into the backcountry via Cascade Canyon. Longer trails such as Lake Solitude or Hurricane Pass can be accessed from Jenny Lake.
Visitors have many options in how to explore Jenny Lake: hike a trail, take a boat ride, hang out by the lakeshore, or stop by the visitor center. Park at Jenny Lake to access all aspects of the area. Parking is limited. In summer, the parking lot fills and you may be required to park along the road. If doing so, pull fully off the shoulder.
Visit the Jenny Lake Visitor CenterThe Jenny Lake Visitor Center makes its home inside the historic Harrison Crandall Studio. The original building was built in the 1920's, and recent renovations were completed in 2019.
Stop in to chat with a ranger, visit the Grand Teton Association store, or learn about the history of art in conservation and the National Park Service.
Explore the Discovery TrailFollow the Discovery Trail to Jenny Lake. Along the way, stop to explore interpretive panels highlighting area wildlife, history, and the creation of the landscape. Take an easy stroll to see the lakeshore, or use the path to access the boat dock and area trails.
The Discovery Trail is a paved, 0.35m/0.56km trail, with wheelchair access to Jenny Lake.
Bear and Wildlife SafetyDo you know what to do when encountering a wild animal? Jenny Lake is home to black and grizzly bears, moose, deer, and other large animals. Bears are often seen on trails and in the developed areas. Being prepared for an animal encounter can help ensure the safety of you and the wildlife.
Learn more about how to stay safe in bear country.
Safety tip: never approach a wild animal. Always maintain a distance of at least 100yds/91m from bears and 25yds/23m from other wildlife.
Boat Jenny LakeTake a shuttle boat across Jenny Lake, or spend a day paddling by bringing your own boat or renting a canoe or kayak.
Jenny Lake Frequently Asked Questions
How did Jenny Lake form? During the ice age, glaciers flowed down canyons and carved out depressions on the valley floor, depositing terminal moraines along the valley floor. Today water fills these depressions forming lakes. Jenny Lake is 256 feet deep at it deepest point.
What was the Jenny Lake Visitor Center originally? Harrison Crandall homesteaded in 1924 near the Cathedral Group Turnout. He became the park's unofficial photographer using this cabin as his studio for many years. This is the cabin's third location.
Stay HerePitch a tent at the Jenny Lake Campground or stay at the Jenny Lake Lodge.
Additional Jenny Lake Information
Visit the Jenny Lake Ranger Station
Visit the Jenny Lake Ranger Station for climbing and backcountry information.
Last updated: July 20, 2021