Field Notes

5 Fun Things to Do on the Water in Jackson Hole

by JasonJun 23, 2015
A Paddle Boarder Glides Across Jackson Lake In Front Of The Grand Tetons

1. Rent a Stand Up Paddle Board (SUP) and explore Grand Teton National Park by water!

There are several great rental shops in the town of Jackson with a selection of paddle boards and paddles. My favorite shops include Acme Water Sports and Rendezvous River Sports. There are several great lakes to explore by paddle board. Paddling the length of String Lake and then over to Leigh Lake is one of my favorite SUP adventures or try any of several boat launches on Jackson Lake.

2. Go whitewater rafting down the Snake River with Jackson Hole Whitewater!

The Snake River Canyon is an 8.5 mile section of the Snake River south of Jackson that is home to some great Class III whitewater. The rapids include the big waves of Lunch Counter at higher water levels and the drop into the big hole of Big Kahuna at lower levels. In between there are rapids down the entire stretch that are big and splashy but fun for the entire family. Jackson Hole Whitewater guides are some of the best in the business and will give you the best ride through the waves and keep you safe along the way.

Whitewater Rafters Shoot The Rapids In Lunchcounter Rapid On The Snake River In Jackson Hole
Tom Kemper guides a group of whitewater rafters through Lunchcounter Rapid on the Snake River in Jackson Hole.

3.Rent a canoe or motor boat at Colter Bay and explore Grand Teton’s largest lake!

Jackson Lake is the largest lake in Grand Teton National Park and home to 3 different marinas including the well situated Colter Bay Marina. No need to transport a boat from Jackson for this adventure. Just drive up to the Colter Bay Marina office, rent the boat of your choice and launch right from their dock. They have all the gear you need for a safe and fun adventure on the water. This area of the lake has several hidden waterways, bays and beaches for you to explore.

4. Take a boat ride with Jenny Lake Boating across Jenny Lake in Grand Teton National Park.

The best way to get to the famous Hidden Falls and Inspiration Point in Grand Teton National Park is by boat. Though it is only a short hike around the lake from either side, the boat ride is worth it just for the great views and time on the water. You can choose to hike back around or catch the next boat to return back to the dock. Private tours and boat rentals are also an option depending on availability and a great way to learn more about the area with time to see more of the lake than the standard ride allows.

5. Have a picnic and go swimming in String Lake.

Situated just north of Jenny Lake, String Lake is a long, shallow lake that is popular with locals and visitors alike. The bank from the boat launch to the trailhead has several picnic areas and beaches where you can swim, lounge and enjoy the fantastic views of the towering Tetons on the West side of the lake. Remember to never leave food unattended as there are a lot of bears in the area and some of them are pretty sneaky. There are bear boxes throughout the area so keep your food secured inside when you aren’t eating.

Jason Williams
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Jason Williams

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