Kayaking - Canoeing - Rafting - Fishing - Surfing
Lake in Grand Teton National
Park, Wyoming USA
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Our Route Summary
by: Rob Grisar
- Location: Colter
Bay Village, Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming, USA
- Class: 1
- Flat water for the most part but careful attention has to be
paid to the weather as strong winds can roll off the mountains
with little or no warning.
Paddled: variable round trip
- Water: fresh
- Wildlife: bear,
Regulations: Permits have to be obtained to paddle
in the lake from both the State of Wyoming [$15] which can
be purchased at the marina store and National Park Service
[$10 for a 7-day permit and $20 for an annual permit] which
can be purchased at the NPS office at the Colter Bay Visitor
Center. You can also get the form to complain to the park superintendent
about the fees at that same office. The alternative is to
rent a boat at the marina at their hourly rates.
and Exit (not pictured):
the John D. Rockefeller, Jr. Parkway [US 191/287/89]:
40 miles north of Jackson Hole, Exit at Colter Bay
Colter Bay Village Road to Colter Bay Marina Road.
left at Colter Bay Marina Road.
the road to the boat ramp.
: N +43° 54'
3.52" W -110° 38'
30.70" (from map)
As noted above, fees are charged by both the NPS and Wyoming to put
your own boat in the water. In addition, of course, you have
to pay the fee to enter the park itself [$25 per vehicle if you
do not have a special pass.] There is no fee to park.
The road to the ramp is paved but there is no parking right at
the ramp. Drive down to the ramp, drop your boat and gear to
the side of the ramp and then go back up the access road to the
parking lot, about a hundred feet away. The alternative would
be to just park and haul boat and gear down the ramp road.
Parking area is paved and there is plenty of parking since the
area is a hub of other activities.
Colter Bay Village has a campground with 350 sites, rental cabins,
rental yurts, stables, a general store, showers, restaurant,
gas station, ranger station and museum, and a marina with its
own store where you can buy fishing and boating permits.
National Park Service rangers regularly patrol the area.
- Special Handicap Access: Facilities
are all handicap accessible as far as I could see in keeping
with the ADA requirements the government has to follow.
Where We Paddled and What We Saw
west from the boat ramp we paddled through the marina area. This
is a no wake zone and for the most part the power boaters seemed
to obey that rule.
clear of the marina area you can head north, south or straight
west across the lake to the mountains. The
lake is about three miles across from Colter Bay to the western
directly west takes you toward the mountains and an incredible
view the entire way.
the altitude is over 6,700 feet. For those who are accustomed to
living by the ocean as I am, it takes time to become acclimated
to the thinner air. Don’t overestimate your stamina in that
south there are a number of islands and inlets that make for an interesting
the shoreline is not as broken
The main concerns are the winds that can kick up suddenly on
the open water and the occasional inconsiderate power boater.
are countless places to pull onto shore and take short excursions
into the forest. Only two issues arose when doing that.
of the shoreline is littered with broken rock, so care has to be
taken in landing. Some very large sharp edged rocks are just under
the surface and there are numerous logs and tree branches floating
there are bears everywhere, so if you do head off into the forest,
bring bear spray and stay alert.