String Lake in Grand Teton National Park is perhaps the most low key lake that you can drive to. Nestled between Leigh Lake and Jenny Lake, String Lake is a small, narrow body of water tucked up against the base of Mt. Saint John. While there’s restrooms, picnic tables and bear boxes, there’s relatively less development than other lakes in the park.
To access String Lake, take the North Jenny Lake turnoff from the main road (signs for String Lake). There’s adequate parking for both cars and RVs, but it can still get crowded and be a bit of a cluster during busier summer months. However, I’ve always found it less crowded relative to the other lakes.
Be sure to bring some water toys- tubes, inflatable kayaks, canoes, etc. The floating is amazing and, since anything with a motor is forbidden, it’s a little more peaceful than some of the larger, more popular lakes in the park. There’s several large boulders in the middle of the lake that make for good jump rocks- but be careful it’s not particularly deep.
Perhaps the best thing about String Lake is that, since it’s relatively shallow, it warms up a bit more than a lot of the other lakes. It’s by no means hot but, at least by Teton standards, it’s pretty tolerable. Whether you’re just looking to be outside or you’re trying to cure a hangover, there’s really nothing like a day on String Lake.