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Jenny Lake Campground
Reviewed August 31, 2013

New policy: can only stay 7 days per season, even though other websites may say 14.
Showers: campground doesn't have showers, but showers at Colter Bay Village ($3.75) are clean, hot, good pressure, and as long as you want. DO NOT GO to Anvil Motel in Jackson, or Climbers Ranch a few miles away for showers. Anvil is disgusting, dirty, creepy, and poor water pressure. Climbers Ranch is clean and nice, but runs out of hot water, so some people get cold showers only.
Dishwashing: no dishwashing allowed at sinks or at water pumps. You wash your dishes at your campsite, but because of bears, you cannot dump the dirty water at your site. You have to bring it to the bathroom and dump it in the toilet. Therefore: bring a suitable wash basin, preferably with airtight lid (like SnapWare), so it won't slosh all over you an the long walk to the toilets.
Getting a site: Jenny Lake Campground fills up fastest and stays full the longest of all the campgrounds. I suggest planning to stay at a hotel the first night (thehostel.com is cheapest I could find), but that evening, go to the campground, PARK your car, pick up a reservation envelope/stub, WALK the campground and see who is leaving tomorrow (posted). Pick the one you like, ask the occupant to put your registration stub on the post when they leave the next day. (Ask them what time they are leaving so you know when to come back.) Put your payment envelope in the receptacle that evening, or in the AM before 9:00. [Or, if you don't have enough money or time for a hotel first, just make sure you get there good and early - 7-9AM - and talk to the occupants or find an empty site.] Site 25 is the best and most secluded site, but the absolute furthest from the bathroom (10 min walk one way). We were in 29 and loved it.

Room Tip: Shower at Coulter Bay, NOT at Anvil Motel
  • Stayed: August 2013, traveled as a couple
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29  Thank S W
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Reviewed July 31, 2013

Like some of the other reviewers, I love that this is a tent-only campground. It's a quiet campground, with an abundance of shade, and is conveniently located near the Visitor Center, camp store, and boat dock. It doesn't provide as much privacy (or adventure) as the dispersed sites you can find further north in the park, but it does have bathrooms, fire pits, and picnic tables, which are nice amenities when "roughing it". We used this as our base camp during our stay at Grand Teton National Park, and it worked out perfectly, allowing us to explore the park and do various day hikes. The campground does fill up quickly, especially during peak season, so be sure to arrive early in order to secure a spot.

Room Tip: The campground fills up early, especially during peak season, so be sure to arrive early in order to...
  • Stayed: June 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed July 22, 2013

Excellent campground, tents only, lots of shade. VIsitor Center, store and boat dock nearby, all open at 8:00 AM. Most popular campground in the park, fills up quickly almost every day, go early to get site !!

  • Stayed: May 2013, traveled solo
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Reviewed July 10, 2013

I really love that Jenny Lake is tents only, so I wish I could give it a higher rating, but I just wasn't as impressed with it as I had hoped to be.

My husband and I camped at Jenny Lake Campground in June 2013. We arrived early, around 8 am on a weekday, in order to get a spot. We hoped for ANY site, since we had heard that the campground fills up very early. We ended up with a choice of a couple of sites, so we took site 7. The site itself was large, for Jenny Lake anyway, and the tent pad wasn't right next to the road, as so many of them are.

We did really like our site. It was not cramped, and we had fabulous views of the peaks, especially in the mornings, when the light hit the mountains just perfectly. It was a stunning view! We considered ourselves lucky for getting this site.

We would choose it again happily, IF the bathroom doors are fixed. Site 7 is near the bathrooms, and the doors don't seem to have any sort of closing mechanism on them, so they just SLAM shut. I fell asleep each night and then woke each morning to the SLAM of the bathroom doors, which diminishes the camping experience. Additionally, I am not a late sleeper, especially when we're camping, so people were allowing the doors to slam as early as 6 am. I am sure that the campers didn't even notice or think about the noise of it, but the campground hosts or maintenance people should correct this problem that would be very easy to fix.

We had no other problems - no loud neighbors, nothing else wrong. Many, if not all, of the other sites are extremely close to the campground road and to each other, though, so I'd recommend driving around the entire thing first before choosing your site. We were sadly surprised at how very, very cramped the campground sites are. Everyone says that Jenny Lake is the best campground in Teton, but we'd say that this great national park deserves much better for its supposedly best tent campground.

Room Tip: There are very few good, spacious sites. Try site 25. Also, stay away from the bathroom building.
  • Stayed: June 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed June 25, 2013

Before heading to Grand Teton, I read many reviews on this site about Jenny Lake Campground. Even with the many warnings to get there early, my friend and I did not arrive until 11 a.m. We were lucky enough to secure a spot. (There were 6 sites still available). We stayed in site 29 which was a bit far from the bathroom, but let's just say that neither of us was above stepping into the shadows so to speak. If I ever return, I would want to stay here again.

  • Stayed: June 2013, traveled with friends
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Reviewed June 23, 2013

Campground was full, but we were travelling by bicycle so there is always space for us. We pitched our tent within view of one of the popular peaks and could walk by the lake, swim and play around with only a short walk back. Bath house is a little hike, but who cares when you can stare at the Tetons! We stayed two days and ferried across the lake to hike between two peaks and see my first glacier!! and my first moose, too! Unforgettable.

  • Stayed: July 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed March 5, 2013

Jenny Lake Campground fills up before any other campground in the park. It is over populated and you are too close to the next group. On the other hand, most of the improved camps are pretty much full in Teton Park during the summer. Be adventurous and back pack into the woods aways and enjoy nature.

  • Stayed: August 2012, traveled with friends
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Additional Information about Jenny Lake Campground

Address: 8 Miles North of Moose, Grand Teton National Park, WY 83012
Location: United States > Wyoming > Grand Teton National Park
Amenities:
Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
Hotel Style:
Ranked #11 of 14 Specialty Lodging in Grand Teton National Park
Number of rooms: 49
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Jenny Lake Campground is situated within walking distance from Jenny Lake and is right along the Grand Teton National Park bike path. All campsites have a picnic table, a fire pit, and nearby flush toilets. There are no shower facilities on site, but several are within a short drive. Jenny Lake Campground accommodates tent camping only. Campground has 49 individual campsites and 10 sites designated for hikers and bicyclists. There are no group sites at Jenny Lake. Campsites are available on a first come, first served basis. June through September the campground typically fills by 9am or earlier daily. Please note: No trailers, campers, or generators are allowed and vehicles cannot be over 8-feet high or 14 feet long. Maximum allowed per site is two tents, one vehicle, and six guests. (For reference, 2 motorcycles = 1 vehicle) The maximum stay permitted is 7 nights. ... more   less 
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