Jenny Lake is located in Grand Teton National Park in the U.S. state of Wyoming. The lake was formed approximately 12,000 years ago by glaciers pushing rock debris which carved Cascade Canyon during the last glacial maximum, forming a terminal moraine which now impounds the lake. The lake is estimated to be 256 feet (78 m) deep and encompasses 1,191 acres (482 ha). Jenny Lake is considered to be a major focal point in Grand Teton National Park, with many hiking trails, scenic boat rides, and quick access to the major climbing routes onto the tallest peaks of the Teton Range.Before you head to Jackson Hole, plan trip itinerary details with our user-friendly Jackson Hole trip itinerary maker app, to make sure you see all that Jackson Hole has to offer, including Jenny Lake.
Jenny and Jackson Lakes are the only lakes in Grand Teton National Park where motorboats are permitted; both lakes have scenic tours available. A 2005 study of the water quality of the lakes in Grand Teton National Park indicated that all the lakes in the park were still considered pristine and that they had not been impacted by air or water pollution.
Jenny Lake is a starting point for many day and overnight hiking trips. The 7.1-mile (11.4 km) Jenny Lake Trail loops around the lake and is considered to be relatively easy due to the small altitude gain of 700 feet (210 m). However, the altitude increases rapidly once Cascade Canyon is entered.
Jenny Lake is named after a Shoshone Indian woman who married an Englishman, Richard "Beaver Dick" Leigh. Jenny, and their 6 children, died of Smallpox in 1876.
Tours to Jenny Lake
Grand Teton National Park - Full-Day Guided Tour from Jackson Hole BOOK WITH VIATOR FROM $269
Duration: 8 to 9 hours
Jenny Lake reviews
I don’t know when I’ve seen anything this breathtaking. The water was so still the mountains and trees were reflected perfectly in the lake. One morning we drove in super early from Idaho Falls so we.... more »
Jenny lake is absolutely beautiful. the water is crisp and cool and clean and refreshing! We walked a few trails around the lake and swam for a bit and had a mini-picnic as a 'rest' on our day... more »
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