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Jackson Lake Swim Beach

Grand Teton National Park

Targhee/Teton Area, Wyoming

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  • Heading down to take a dip after a long day of hiking.- Jackson Lake Swim Beach
  • The beach at Jackson Lake.- Jackson Lake Swim Beach
  • Looking across the canyons of the Tetons.- Jackson Lake Swim Beach
  • Haze from wildfires can make the views less crisp than normal.- Jackson Lake Swim Beach
  • The beach is huge!- Jackson Lake Swim Beach
  • Jackson Lake, Grand Teton National Park.- Jackson Lake Swim Beach
  • The water is so clear here.- Jackson Lake Swim Beach
  • Paddling on Jackson Lake, Grand Teton National Park.- Jackson Lake Swim Beach
  • The beach at Jackson Lake.- Jackson Lake Swim Beach
  • Paddling on Jackson Lake, Grand Teton National Park.- Jackson Lake Swim Beach
  • Jackson Lake, Grand Teton National Park.- Jackson Lake Swim Beach
  • Paddling on Jackson Lake, Grand Teton National Park.- Jackson Lake Swim Beach
  • The beach at Jackson Lake is a great place to rest after a long day of outdoor fun.- Jackson Lake Swim Beach
  • Bring your water-capable footwear because the stones aren't very forgiving on bare feet.- Jackson Lake Swim Beach
  • The beach here is great for children.- Jackson Lake Swim Beach
  • Picnic tables near the shore.- Jackson Lake Swim Beach
  • Jackson Lake is a great place for the family.- Jackson Lake Swim Beach
Overview + Weather
Pros: 
Large area. Picnic tables. Great views
Cons: 
Water is usually very cold. Hard rock beach.
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Region:
Targhee/Teton Area, WY
Congestion: 
Moderate
Location type: 
Pebbly beach
Parking Pass: 
National Park Pass
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The swimming beach at Colter Bay on Jackson Lake in Grand Teton National Park is a great place to cool off on a hot summer day while taking in the views of the Grand Tetons to the west. Cold water runs into the lake from the many canyons and valleys full of glacial melt on its western shores. From this area you can see the northern canyons, which are largely inaccessible to foot traffic and do not have many trails cut into them. The sights from the beach are quite amazing, and while the days don't usually get very hot in the Tetons, you will appreciate the chance to get in the water after a day of hiking. 

Make sure to bring some footwear you can get wet; the rocks on the beach are large and square. There are kayak and boat rentals at the nearby marina, and you can pitch a tent at the Colter Bay Campground. The Colter Bay Lakeshore Trail and the Hermitage Point Trail are both nearby, and there are two small islands not too far off the shore that are great destinations for a kayak or stand-up paddleboard trip.

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