Jackson Lake is one of the lakes that you will find within the Grand Teton National Park, which is partially in Wyoming. This is a natural lake that was formed when the Jackson Lake Dam was constructed back in 1911. The dam has been expanded since that time. The lake was even completely rebuilt in 1989.
This lake happens to be more than six thousand feet above sea level. It is fifteen miles long, seven miles wide, and more than four hundred feet deep. The water is usually cold in Jackson Lake, even in the middle of the summer months.
With the Tetons rising above and forest all around, this is one of the most scenic spots to fish in the Jackson Hole area. The lake itself is often fished from boat or tube. However, the various inlets and tailwaters of Jackson Lake Dam, at the south end of the lake, hold plenty of fish to catch from shore. Fishing at Jackson Lake is incredible. You will leave the lake at the end of the day with enough fish for dinner. This lake is full of trout, salmon, and pike. You can fish all year long, except during the month of October. They don’t allow fishing during this month.
Boating of any kind is welcome on Jackson Lake. But you may also want to try a little water skiing, wakeboarding, and windsurfing during your visit as well. The only water sport you cannot do on this body of water is jet skiing. If you do not have a boat of your own, you can always rent a pontoon boat. Go out to explore the islands scattered throughout the lake. Just remember, the water in this lake is cold, so be prepared!
Every once in a while, you need some downtime, and the best place to get it while in this part of the country is down at the beach! Simply wander down to the shoreline of Jackson Lake and set your towel or chair up for the day. You can gaze out over the water, or out towards the mountains, as you relax and let the stress melt away.
One of my favorite things to do out on Jackson Lake is taking a scenic dinner cruise. While you can take a scenic cruise at any time of the day, the best time is around dinnertime. As you are dining, you can learn about the history of the lake and the locals who live nearby. You will also be able to see all the gorgeous views, as the sun is setting in the sky. You can even take a dinner cruise that allows you to dine on one of the islands that are out in the lake if you are looking for something different.
These are four of the amazing things you can do at Jackson Lake, but there are so many other things that will keep you busy during your visit. This is one of the magical destinations you will want to visit this summer, or even next year, as you begin to explore this country from one end to the other.
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