"If You are Planning on Bringing Your Own Boat" Grand Teton National Park Sports & Outdoors Tip by KimberlyAnn

  Boating On Jackson Lake
by KimberlyAnn

If you plan to bring your own boat to Grand Teton National Park, you must register your boat with the park. There is a fee for this registration, and you may either register your boat for a 7-day period, or for the entire season. You may purchase these permits at the Craig Thomas Discovery and Visitor Center, the Jenny Lake Visitor Center, or the Colter Bay Visitor Center. Non-motorized boat permits are also available at the Buffalo Ranger Station during the summer. You will be given a sticker to put on the port side of your boat near the stern.

Motorized boats are only allowed on Jackson and Jenny Lakes, and you can not use motors exceeding 10 horsepower. Non-motorized boats are permitted on a number of lakes, be sure to inquire at the ranger station, or the Visitor Centers about which lakes you may paddle on. Only human powered boats such as rubber rafts, canoes, dories, and kayaks are allowed on the Snake River within the park.

For more detailed information, and a list of rules and regulations, visit the web page below.

Equipment: All boats must have U.S. Coast Guard life jackets of the appropriate size for each person on the boat. Children under age 13 must wear their life jacket at all times, even if inside the cabin of a boat. All vessels must have navigation lights if you will be out after sunset or before sun rise. All motorboats must have fire extinguishers, and a horn.

Theme: Boating/Sailing
Website: http://www.nps.gov/grte/planyourvisit/boat.htm

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  • Updated Dec 30, 2010
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