Jenny Lake

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Mountains rise out of a calm lake.
Jenny Lake as viewed from the Jenny Lake Overlook.

NPS Photo/J. Bonney

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.

 
 
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Hike to Inspiration Point

Inspiration Point is a popular trail with stunning views of Jenny Lake and the Jackson Hole.

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Hike to Hidden Falls

Hike to Hidden Falls for views of a 100ft/30m cascading waterfall.

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Hike into Cascade Canyon

Hike deep into the Teton Range on the Cascade Canyon Trail.

 
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Stop at the Jenny Lake Visitor Center to talk with a ranger.

NPS Photo/J. Bonney

Visit the Jenny Lake Visitor Center

The 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.
 
People walk on a paved path by a lake.
Follow the Discovery Trail for access to Jenny Lake.

NPS Photo/J. Bonney

Explore the Discovery Trail

Follow 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.
 
Three bears walk along a paved path.
Bears frequent Jenny Lake. Are you prepared?

NPS Photo/J. Bonney

Bear and Wildlife Safety

Do 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 Lake

Take a shuttle boat across Jenny Lake, or spend a day paddling by bringing your own boat or renting a canoe or kayak.
 
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Take the Shuttle Boat

Take the shuttle boat for easier access to Hidden Falls and Inspiration Point.

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Rent A Boat

Rent a canoe or kayak and explore Jenny Lake from the water.

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Bring Your Own Boat

Bring your own boat to Jenny Lake (some restrictions).

 

Jenny Lake Frequently Asked Questions


Where is everything? Please refer to the Jenny Lake area map to locate the visitor center, lake, boat dock, restrooms, store, ranger station and campground; and the park map for general information.

Where are Hidden Falls and Inspiration Point? You may hike around either end of the lake or take a shuttle boat to access the falls and vistas. Hidden Falls is 5m/8km roundtrip and Inspiration Point is 6m/9.6km roundtrip from the visitor center, or 1m/1.6km and 2m/3.2km respectively from the west boat dock for those using the Jenny Lake Boating shuttle boats (fee charged). Please refer to the Hiking Guide for more information.

Can I pick up backcountry and boat permits at Jenny Lake? Backcountry permits and boat permits are available at the Jenny Lake Ranger Station. Boat permits are cash only.

What kind of boating opportunities are available? Jenny Lake Boating offers shuttle services across Jenny Lake, scenic cruises on Jenny Lake, and canoe and kayak rentals.

Are there bears at Jenny Lake? Yes, both black and grizzly bears, but don't be tricked! Black bears may be blonde, cinnamon, brown or black in color, and grizzly bears may be brown to black in color. Ask a ranger for more details. Please follow the park's bear safety recommendations.

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.

What was the Jenny Lake Ranger Station originally? Lee Manges built his homestead cabin in 1925 near Windy Point. Rangers relocated the cabin turning it into the park's first ranger station and museum in 1930.

How did Jenny Lake get its name? The name Jenny Lake dates back to the Hayden Expedition of 1872 when Jenny Leigh, Shoshone Indian wife of Richard "Beaver Dick" Leigh, assisted the expedition.

 

Stay Here

Pitch a tent at the Jenny Lake Campground or stay at the Jenny Lake Lodge.
 
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Find A Campground

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Lodging

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Jenny Lake Services

 

Additional Jenny Lake Information

 
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Hikes from Lupine Meadows

Head into the heart of the Teton Range with trails from Lupine Meadows.

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Explore the Backcountry

Travel into the Teton backcountry for an overnight stay.

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Visit the Jenny Lake Ranger Station

Visit the Jenny Lake Ranger Station for climbing and backcountry information.

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Become a Junior Ranger

Experience Grand Teton and become a Junior Ranger. Open to all ages.

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Attend a Ranger Led Program

Learn more about Grand Teton by attending a ranger led program.

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Plan Your Visit

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Last updated: December 3, 2019

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