Jenny Lake Boating
Jenny Lake Boating
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RJ748
Grass Valley, CA457 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2020
Jenny Lake Boating is a concessionaire operating within Grand Teton National Park. They rent kayaks and canoes, operate a shuttle service for hikers wishing to reach trailheads on the opposite side of the lake, and operate a boat cruise with a guide providing narration regarding the lake and points of interest.

We took the boat cruise. It is a good value and a nice way to spend an afternoon in the Park. The senior rate for the hour-long cruise (which actually ran for an hour and fifteen minutes) is $20 per person. The guide was knowledgable and engaging. He told us about the history of the area and its natural and geological features, and he also shared some interesting anecdotes.

We reserved our tickets online. Reservations are recommended, particularly because the boats aren't currently operated at full capacity -- allowing for social distancing. The guide wore a mask. Guests weren't required to wear masks on the boat, but everyone on our cruise did.

Gratuities are not required, but they are appreciated. We gave him a tip at the end of the cruise.

Notes on Getting There:

The company's website recommends that guests allow plenty of time to find parking and use the restroom before boarding the boat. (There are no restrooms on the boat.) This is really good advice. We had reserved seats on the 2 p.m. cruise on a Saturday in July. We left our hotel in Jackson at 12:30 p.m., but when we got to the Lake, the parking lot was full. We circled through it for twenty minutes before we came upon someone who was vacating a parking spot.

There isn't much signage directing guests to the boat dock. We saw one sign that pointed to a path to the shuttle boat, but at the time we weren't sure if that would lead us to the right place. (It would have.)

The gift shop and ranger station both had lines of people waiting their turn to either get in or to speak with a ranger. We approached the gatekeeper at the gift shop just to ask directions to the boat dock. He told us to take the Discovery Trail. This turned out to be the closest path from the parking lot to the dock, but there was no signage indicating that the Trail would lead to the dock. Long story short, we finally got to the dock at 1:40 p.m.

There wasn't much signage at the dock either, but a couple of employees were standing at the dock addressing questions and directing traffic.
Written September 11, 2020
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duck8to
Montville, NJ6,835 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2020
The Jenny Lake Visitor Center is where to begin your Jenny Lake boating experience. Canoes, kayaks, paddle boarding and the ferry can all be accessed here. The Jenny Lake Visitor Center also has a store, it is the access point to various trail heads and the boat ferry.

Some people choose to hike around the lake which is about a 7 mile hike while others choose to take the ferry($18 per/person round trip). The ferry drops you off on the other side of the lake. From that point two trail heads are available. One takes you to the Hidden Falls (1 mile back and forth). The other trail takes you to Inspiration Point which is another (1 mile back and forth). Because of the COVID-19, the ferries run on half capacity and wait lines exist. While the staff wore masks not all the hikers do and masks are not enforced.

You can book the boat ride online on their easy to use website. The website will also tell you how many seats are left on the boat. The lake is crystal clear and the trails are beautiful. This is back country so bring bear spray and know how to use it, otherwise enjoy the abundant wildlife, mountains and crystal clear waters.
Written August 11, 2020
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HeavyHiker
Farmingdale, NY387 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022
We took the round trip shuttle across Jenny Lake to access the Hidden Falls Trail Head. I believe the cost for my family was $60 for 4 people round trip. The boat is very simple offering bench seating. The ride is very pleasant and smooth and you can't beat the scenery. The captain offers different facts and tips about some of the Teton trails and wild life which was nice - it wasn't just a silent ride. The safety lecture is thorough and we felt secure the entire time. The company has water available on the docks for your use which was appreciated. The boats run continuously every 15 minutes during their operating hours. The whole experience was very pleasant and I would recommend it for families with kids who don't want to hike around the lake to get to the trails. You can also opt to do it one way if you are looking for the mileage at the end of your hike. If you don't purchase the trip at the boathouse but decide to take the return trip you can get on the boat and will be asked to pay upon docking. Payment is cash only - or at lest was at the time of my trip.
Written September 3, 2022
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IndyKevin317
Indianapolis, IN109 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2020 • Couples
The boat trip was nice and it helped us get across the lake quickly so that we could spend more time exploring the Hidden Falls and Inspiration Point. I probably should have prepared myself more for this trip. We had already hiked five miles in different areas of the park and the boat ride saved us from having to hike another five miles and we were running low on time. I really enjoyed climbing to Inspiration Point and it was a relief that I didn’t have to hike back.
Written August 2, 2020
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Tammi P
Colorado Springs, CO84 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2020
We took one of the last boats across the lake (big mistake). The boat ride was fine, but when we got to the other side, the line to come back across the lake was so long it was ridiculous. (There was good wifi and cell service there though--strange. It was good because I had to sign something last minute for the refi on my house and wasn't able to get service anywhere else). We decided not to wait for the boat back and to walk around the lake on the trail. It wasn't too bad of a hike physically, but it was longer than I thought it would seem. It was beautiful. When we were close to getting back, a sudden freak windstorm came up. It was crazy. As soon as we reached our car, the sky opened up and it POURED. We got really lucky. It was quite the adventure. I only expected to take a boat ride, see a waterfall, and ride the boat back. We definitely ended up with much more than planned. There really should be more boats bringing people back, or a system that people have specific return times.
Written January 4, 2021
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w0rld_traveler_4_28
Columbus, OH433 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2021 • Family
We arrived at 8:30 and waited an hour to get on a boat over. We had planned to walk back, but then hiked a lot further into the canyon with our 6-year-old than expected, so felt she couldn’t make it the extra 2 miles. We got in line at the 30 minute marker and it took easily an hour, primarily due to people jumping the line to join their separated parties. One woman brought an extra 7 people with her. The company may not be able to manage the entire long line, but once you get closer to the waiting area, they need to manage this type of behavior.
Written July 23, 2021
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Anders W
5 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Family
Drove 35 minutes from Jackson for a nice afternoon kayak ride on beautiful Jenny Lake. Our family (kids 10 and 6) have kayaked all over in lakes, ocean, and rivers. The attendant told us that they could not accommodate us as there were “whitecaps” on the lake and the kayaks would need 2 adults over 18. We walked back to the beach access, our children dejected to see a nearly glass like appearance of the lake. Seems like the worker just didn’t want to get a boat ready for us.
Written August 10, 2023
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Amy Jo C
Dixon, IL16 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022 • Friends
Our guide Hauna was knowledgeable and friendly- we learned about the history and formation of the lake and surrounding mountains. She also gave us recommendations of other places to visit for views. Smaller boat meant we could see everything and be more personal in asking her questions.there is a walk to the marina, although it is completely paved. I highly recommend it as good for all ages and definitely worth the price.
Written July 24, 2022
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Robert C
Harmony, PA68 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022
This was a great informational trip around a small but beautiful lake. We enjoyed learning about the lake and its formation as well as the mountains that flank it. You were able to ask questions not only about Jenny Lake but also Teton National Park as well. The guide was easy to understand, informational, and added a bit of humor to put everyone in a great mood. We would absolutely recommend this tour.
Written June 4, 2022
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phat_dawg_21
Alpharetta, GA15,234 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2020
The capacity of the boats has been cut in half because of Covid. We visited in September when it was not busy, but even arriving 20 minutes after the opening, we had a wait for the boat.

Signage on the path leading to the west dock indicated waits for the return can be very long – in excess of an hour.

Great views from the boat going in both directions.
Written October 1, 2020
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