Virtual Guidebook to Yellowstone and Northern Wyoming
Jackson Lake
Grand Teton National Park Wyoming


Jackson Lake was a large shallow natural lake on the Snake River until a dam was built in 1911 to enlarge and harness it for water storage. The dam has been raised twice and now allows an unsightly 33-foot drawdown when water is needed downstream. A similar dam proposal for the southeast corner of Yellowstone in 1926 was rejected by public opinion.

The Jackson Lake Lodge was built here in 1955, replacing a rustic cabin resort with a huge hotel in a controversial modern style.



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On the remote south shore of Jackson Lake

(June 25, 2000)


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Colter Bay Marina on Jackson Lake

(June 27, 2000)


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