The hardest part for me moving to Jackson was the lack of water in the summer. It is very hard to get on your bike and cruise to a proper spot for a swim. But, then I was introduced to Jackson Lake in Grand Teton National Park and realized dealing with lack of convenience is just fine when we have access to this beauty. The drive that is only about an hour from Jackson takes you to on of the most beautiful lakes I have ever been. This 25,540 acre lake rest up to the Tetons with Mount Moran the most dramatic rising up from the lake.
Jackson Lake is best enjoyed if you have access to a boat. There are two boat ramps located at Signal Mt and Colter Bay. Both are accessed from the Teton National Park entrance just north of Jackson. Click here for a map.
Since the lake is so large it is great to spend multiple days on the water. There are 14 different wilderness camping sites on different islands around the lake. In order to reserve a site you must be present at Colter Bay, or Grand Teton Nation Park Visitor Center. Reservations are only accepted the day of, or day prior to the night desired and then can be reserved for up to 3 nights. For more info contact reservations at the visitors center at 307-739-3309.