map of Jenny Lake campground, Grand Teton National Park

jenny lake campground map: map showing a loop of campsites and facilities

The Jenny Lake campground, the first developed campground in Grand Teton National Park,
has a maximum of two tents and six people per campsite
with one vehicle, maximum 14 feet long and 8 feet tall (or two motorcycles)
“vehicles over eight feel high, trailers, cab-over campers, and raised pop-tops on vans are prohibited.”

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Campsites include 59 individual campsites, (2021 prices below)

Individual Tent Sites (no hookups) cost $40 per night (Senior and Access Pass Holders $21 each night).

Hiker/Bicyclist Sites (10 of these) $13 fee per person per night for campers on bicycle or foot. (Senior and Access Pass Holders $7 each night).

All sites have picnic tables and fire rings. “Campfires – must be contained within a metal fire grate”

Restrooms have (cold) “running water and flush toilets.”

 
Pets – “are prohibited on trails, multi-use pathways, and swimming in any park waters…

Pets must be on a leash (six feet or less), under physical restraint, and within 30 feet of the roadway… ”

“Leave your pets at home. Pets are not allowed on trails or in the backcountry of Grand Teton National Park. They may become lost or prey for wildlife, they can also adversely impact park resources. If you need to bring your pet to the park, consider hosting it at a kennel in Jackson during your outing in the mountains.”

“Pets are prohibited from riding in boats on park waters, except for Jackson Lake.”

 

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Advance campsite reservations recommended

In January 2021:

“All Grand Teton National Park campgrounds that were first come, first served are moving to an advance reservation system. Campsites will be reservable for the 2021 season on https://www.recreation.gov beginning January 26, 2021 at 8:00 a.m. Mountain Standard Time. On that date, reservations will be available for stays through July 26, 2021, and then on a rolling six-month basis thereafter.”

Now they are opening up one new day at a time, six months in advance, for example:

“On February 03, 2021 at 07:00 am PST, availability will be released through August 03, 2021.”

Each morning as reservations become available,
Jenny Lake campground campsites sell out within minutes.


Other Grand Teton National Park campgrounds (see more below) usually fill later or do not always fill.

 

mountain range with snow on peaks

Heading north from Jackson on US 26/89/191, turn left (west) at Moose Junction and continue eight miles north to South Jenny Lake Junction.
Turn left (west) into the developed area.

Heading south from Yellowstone on US 89/191/287, turn right (southwest) at Jackson Lake Junction and continue 12 miles south to South Jenny Lake Junction. Turn right (west) into the developed area.

Overflow parking and all other parking in the vicinity becomes crowded between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m.

Once in the Jenny Lake developed area, the first road to the right is to the campground.

sign says Jenny Lake Campground

The campground office where you pay for a site, (iF there are any not reserved!) is noted on the map above as “Pay Here.”
small building

Some years there has been a leave-what-you-don’t-need / take-what-you-need bearbox at the registration area. People who flew in won’t be able to take their leftover propane home on the plane and could leave it there, for example.

Site 49 will have car headlights aimed at the tent pad from anyone who pulls into the self-registration area thinking they can get a campsite that late.

Note that there is only one campground restroom building.
Some sites have much more privacy and space than others.
It is worth considering which site you want,
close to the restroom or with some privacy.

nps photo Jenny Lake campground: campsite with two tents, mountain in background

campsites in a row

tent and picnic table

tent, picnic table and bearbox

Each site has a tent pad,
but many are right on the road and will have vehicle headlights shining in your tent at night.
A site in the 20s or 30s has the tent pad set back farther from the road.

Hmmmmm, this NPS photo shows a tent without the rain fly on. Perhaps a big mistake since storms can come in quite quickly:

tent in tent pad Teton peak beyond

There really are bears in the campground, keep your food in arms reach or locked up.
Your safety in Grizzly bear territory

sign be bear aware tetons: black bear jenny lake campground june 2014: black bear ambling through the trees in jenny lake campground

NPS photo of bear trying to get into a slightly open car window at Jenny Lake campground, Grand Teton National park

bear on top of a picnic table

A paved trail takes you from one end of the campground to Jenny Lake, a little over one tenth of a mile.
There are stairs very near the end of the trail to access small beaches at the lake shore.
Please note that there are also parts of the bank quite worn out from people climbing down where there are no stairs.
Please use the stairs from one of the paved overlooks.

Part way along the trail to the lake, is a paved bike loop along part of the lake all the way to String Lake.

below, a photo of a display at the Jenny Lake visitor center, the campground is in the bottom left hand area:

photo of a display at a visitor center, photo of Jenny Lake

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There are public showers, laundromat, a museum, picnic area with swim beach, larger grocery/gift stores, marina, Ranger talk/campfire amphitheater at Colter Bay, 19.6 miles north.

There is free WiFi in Grand Teton National Park that anyone can use without a secret code,

available at the Colter Bay laundromat/showers,

man working at a laptop in a laundromat

the main Colter Bay restaurant, the Moose Visitor Center and in the Jackson Lake Lodge parlor Jackson Lake Lodge vicinity.

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There is a medical clinic next to Jackson Lake Lodge.

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You can download a larger copy of the map below of the Jenny Lake area in the vicinity of the campground (small store, ranger station, visitor center, other restrooms, trailheads for around the lake and up into Cascade Canyon, dock for the (fee) shuttle boat across Jenny Lake, Exum Guides office, start of the multi-use pathway) at: http://www.nps.gov/grte/planyourvisit/upload/JLVC_map_2010.pdf

map of south Jenny Lake area: park service map of south Jenny Lake area

This map includes the trail around the Moose Ponds and various routes to Hidden Falls, Inspiration Point and into Cascade Canyon:

simple map

In the map below, the campground check-in office is at the center of the right hand side of the map, a black square with a white tent triangle in it. The You Are Here points to the location of the exhibit this map is from.

map with roads, parking lots, edge of lake

When you are at the overlooks (named above at the map at the edge of the lake, and in a photo below) you will see, at lake level, people on the beach. Please do not climb down over the overlook wall to get to the beach (yes, even if you can do it safely – there are children watching you who might think they can do it too and as careful as you think you can be, you will destroy vegetation and create more wear on the slope. Be a good role model and walk to near the end of the overlooks area and go down to the beach at the area of of Rock Beach (see map above) with wheelchair access to the lake.)

overlook with lake and peak beyond

and bears like using the walkways of the Jenny Lake Discovery trail:

bear and 2 cubs on paved path

The overlooks are a part of the Jenny Lake renewal project

See before and after pictures at the campaign for Jenny Lake

 

drawing of a glacier that flowed out of Cascade Canyon gouging out a depression and depositing a terminal moraine forming Jenny Lake The drawing above is from: https://www.nps.gov/grte/planyourvisit/upload/geology-access.pdf

 
You can find a larger copy of the NPS photo map below of Jenny Lake, String Lake, Leigh Lake, Paintbrush Divide, Cascade Canyon, Paintbrush Canyon, Hanging Canyon, Mount Woodring,
Mount Moran, Teewinot, Holly Lake and Lake Solitude at:
https://www.nps.gov/grte/planyourvisit/loader.cfm?csModule=security/getfile&PageID=2325994

photo map with trails, lakes, peaks and roads

 
You can print a larger copy of the topographical hiking map below, with Jenny Lake, String Lake, Leigh Lake, Cascade Canyon, Paintbrush Canyon, Holly Lake, Trapper Lake, Bearpaw Lake at: https://www.nps.gov/grte/planyourvisit/upload/Leigh_Lake_topo.pdf
(Jenny Lake Campground is next to the Ranger Station icon at the lower right hand side of Jenny Lake on the map. Jenny Lake Lodge is just above where the letter “O” is on the One Way road designation.)

map with two main lakes

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You can download a Grand Teton National Park map at: http://www.nps.gov/grte/planyourvisit/maps.htm

and a map of lakeside trails at:

http://www.nps.gov/grte/planyourvisit/upload/Lakeshore12.pdf

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NPS photo biking multi-use path: various cyclists on pathway with mountains in backgroundnps photo bike path and peaks: cyclist approaching on paved bike path with peaks in backgroundIt is safer to enjoy a bike ride on a designated bike/roller blade/walk path than on the road with drivers looking at scenery instead of you on your bike, and there is am 8 mile long pathway from the Moose Visitor Center (please walk your bike in the parking lot) to South Jenny Lake. Pets (except guide dogs) are prohibited and the multi-use pathway is closed from dusk to dawn for wildlife and public safety. Grand Tetons biking

Here is a map of the multi-use pathway (paved bike route), the red dotted line, through the south Jenny Lake area. Note that the green lines are paved walking trails. In some parts (green lines and red dotted lines together) they are are shared by hikers, pedestrians and bike riders, but where the line is green only, you should not ride a bike, but might be able to find enough room to walk your bike:

simple map

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NASA aerial photo of Teton Range

During a thunderstorm, don’t take a shower or use a sink, including washing dishes. Don’t talk on a land line phone. Don’t use your I pod. Don’t get zapped! Please read Thunderstorm and lightning safety

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Jenny Lake Lodge is not near Jenny Lake Campground (and not on Jenny Lake).
Grand Tetons hotels, cabins, lodging

June 12, 2015 press release

“Out of concern for public safety, Grand Teton National Park staff euthanized a 3-year-old female black bear on Thursday afternoon, June 11. Earlier in the day, the bear exhibited bold behavior and appeared to have little concern regarding the presence of humans and their activities, which prompted park officials to make the difficult decision to remove her from the population in order to reduce future threats to people and their safety. This is the first bear to be euthanized in Grand Teton this year. Two black bears were euthanized in 2014.

The brown-colored bear climbed into the open—and temporarily unattended—trunk of a vehicle after guests of Jenny Lake Lodge removed their luggage and entered their cabin to settle in for the night. While in the trunk, the bear found food items, which she ate. She then climbed on top of the same car. Witnesses reported that the bear appeared to be trying to gain entry into the passenger compartment. The bear then proceeded to visit other cabins before she ripped into items left in a parked housekeeping cart and stole a purse, which she carried off into the woods. Witnesses also reported that the bear stood on its hind legs and pressed its front paws and face against the windows and doors of several cabins in an apparent attempt to enter.

The bear was estimated to weigh approximately 125 pounds and had no ear tags or other identification that would mark it as a previously captured bear. . .”

stones forming a wall

Jackson Hole, Wyoming has a map and description of the main streets and how to find the largest groceries, Ace Hardware, REI, Target, UPS, Radio Shack, St John’s Health Medical Center (hospital) (24 hour emergency room), city parks, electric vehicle charging stations and more.

 
Restaurants in Grand Teton National Park are non-smoking, many others in Wyoming and Montana allow smoking. There are dozens of restaurants in the town of Jackson. They vary from burgers, Chinese, Mexican, sushi, pasta, Italian, steakhouse to four-stars with “an award-winning wine list”. Most lean towards family or casual atmosphere. Grand Teton National park restaurants

includes menus and links to some in town.

Grand Teton National Park
al fresco dining:


 

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simple map

Some of these webpages with maps and pictures of Grand Teton National Park campgrounds have recommendations for which campsite to choose:

Headwaters campground, near the Yellowstone National Park border, has 100 trailer sites and 75 tent sites.

Lizard Creek campground also has sites on Jackson Lake, some with views.

Colter Bay campground includes 335 individual campsites (160 tent spots with tent pads), 11 large group campsites (by reservation only), 13 electric sites, and ADA-accessible hookups. None of these campsites are on the lake and none have views.

(Larger RVs should check out the Colter Bay R.V. park with hookups.)

Signal Mountain (86 campsites) is the campground with some sites with views across the lake to the mountains.

(Jenny Lake campground is the next one on the map.)

Gros Ventre campground, 4.5 miles from Gros Ventre junction, is the closest campground to the town of Jackson (9 miles +/- Northeast). Sites vary in size and can accommodate RVs up to 45ft. Thirty-six sites have electricity. Ten are ADA compliant with the adjacent restroom being ADA compliant. It has cottonwood trees and sagebrush along the Gros Ventre river. You might see a moose wander through the campground and sometimes can find one along the river.

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For details about our next club trip to Grand Teton National Park, go to: Grand Tetons.

Grand Tetons trip pages index has brief descriptions of most of the pages about this trip.

Grand Tetons kayaking

Grand Tetons sightseeing