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As it goes in Grand Teton National Park, there are many scenic views to see!

And one of the spots that you can go to for a scenic overlook is the Jackson Lake Dam overlook.

Here you can walk across a bridge to see Jackson Lake and the Teton mountain range on one side, and Snake River on the other side. The bridge goes over the Jackson Lake Dam, and there’s also a pedestrian walkway over it.

 

Jackson Lake Dam overlook: Jackson Lake Dam, Jackson Lake, Teton mountain range. stop along teton park road, grand teton scenic loop road. grand teton national park. wyoming travel blog

Jackson Lake Dam overlook: Jackson Lake Dam, Jackson Lake, Teton mountain range. stop along teton park road, grand teton scenic loop road. grand teton national park. wyoming travel blog

Jackson Lake Dam overlook: Jackson Lake Dam, Jackson Lake, Snake River, Teton mountain range. stop along teton park road, grand teton scenic loop road. grand teton national park. wyoming travel blog

Jackson Lake Dam overlook: Jackson Lake Dam, Snake River, Teton mountain range. stop along teton park road, grand scenic loop road. wyoming travel blog

Jackson Lake Dam in Grand Teton National Park. wyoming travel blog
👆 United States Department of the Interior Bureau of Reclamation: Jackson Lake Dam and Reservoir, Minidoka Project

 

 

Driving the Grand Teton scenic loop drive to Jackson Lake Dam

Driving the teton park road to Jackson Lake Dam overlook, grand teton scenic loop road. wyoming travel blog

 

You will find the Jackson Lake Dam overlook along the 42-mile Grand Teton Scenic Loop Drive.

This is an easy stop to make as you are driving along the scenic loop drive.

You’ll come across it as you’re driving.

The Jackson Lake dam parking is located right off the main road. There’s a parking lot for the Jackson Lake Dam overlook.

 

 

Cost to go to Jackson Lake Dam

Jackson Lake Dam is within the paid entry area of Grand Teton National Park.

 

grand teton national park entry to go to Jackson Lake Dam. wyoming travel blog

 

So in order to go to Jackson Lake Dam, you need to pay the national park entry fee. In 2021, this was $35 per car for a 7-day pass. (There is no one-day pass.) See current fees.

 

cost to go to Jackson Lake Dam. grand teton national park entry. wyoming travel blog
👆 Cost of Grand Teton National Park entry fees in 2021.

 

If you will be visiting at least 3 national parks in one year, then you may want to consider getting the annual national parks pass.

 

 

Jackson Lake Dam in September 2021

Jackson Lake Dam: low water levels at Jackson Lake in 2021. grand teton national park. wyoming travel blog

 

For reference, my drive to Jackson Lake Dam was in late September 2021 around 8:30am.

The water levels of Jackson Lake were reported to be at historic lows.

 

More below about a quick stop to see Jackson Lake and Snake River from the Jackson Lake Dam Overlook!

 

 

 

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Now…

Driving to Jackson Lake Dam

Jackson Lake Dam overlook: Jackson Lake Dam, Jackson Lake, Teton mountain range. stop along teton park road, grand teton scenic loop road. grand teton national park. wyoming travel blog

 

The Jackson Lake Dam is located on the northern side of the Grand Teton Scenic Loop Drive.

 

Map of Jackson Lake Dam. Driving the teton park road to Jackson Lake Dam overlook, grand teton scenic loop road. wyoming travel blog
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Jackson WY to Jackson Lake Dam is around a 45 minute drive with no stops, and you will naturally end up on the eastern side of the Grand Teton scenic loop drive by following google maps, and this can be a good way to go. And then you can follow Teton Park Road which is the western side of the scenic loop drive to finish up the loop and to get back to Jackson Hole. (map)

Or, from Jackson Lake Dam, you can continue on to Yellowstone National Park! You’ll go to the northern side of Grand Teton National Park to get to Yellowstone. (Although if this is going to be your only time driving through Grand Teton National Park, then you will want to decide if you want to drive up the eastern side or the western side of the loop from Jackson to Yellowstone.)

Jackson Lake Dam to the Yellowstone National Park south entrance is around a 30 minute drive. So you can also make it along the way or a slight detour to the Jackson Lake Dam if you’re heading to Yellowstone. Your first “real” stop in Yellowstone can be West Thumb which is on the southern side of Yellowstone. See more about driving from Grand Teton to Yellowstone.

 

I started the drive to Jackson Lake Dam from just outside Bridger-Teton National Forest near the Hatchet Campground. I stayed in a budget room at the Hatchet Resort.

So to get to Jackson Lake Dam, I entered Grand Teton National Park at the Moran entrance, and this is how the drive is reflected below. If you are driving up from the south (like from Jackson) on the eastern side of the Grand Teton scenic loop drive, this is how it would go too.

 

Driving the Grand Teton Scenic Loop Road to Jackson Lake Dam. wyoming travel blog

 

Driving along from the Moran entrance to Jackson Lake Dam, you’ll pass by Oxbow Bend. This is one of the most popular photo spots in the park.

 

Driving the Grand Teton Scenic Loop Road to Oxbow Bend to Jackson Lake Dam. wyoming travel blog
👆 The Oxbow Bend turnout is another spot where you can see the Snake River.

 

Then you’ll continue along until the Jackson Lake Junction. You’ll make a turn onto Teton Park Road.

 

Driving the Grand Teton Scenic Loop Road to Jackson Lake Dam. wyoming travel blog

Driving the Grand Teton Scenic Loop Road to Jackson Lake Dam. wyoming travel blog

Driving the Grand Teton Scenic Loop Road to Jackson Lake Dam. wyoming travel blog

 

Then you’ll continue driving with mountain views until you get to the Jackson Lake Dam! There will be a sign.

 

Driving the Teton Park Road to Jackson Lake Dam. wyoming travel blog

Driving the Teton Park Road to Jackson Lake Dam. wyoming travel blog

Driving the Teton Park Road to Jackson Lake Dam. wyoming travel blog

Driving the Teton Park Road to Jackson Lake Dam. wyoming travel blog

Driving the Teton Park Road to Jackson Lake Dam. wyoming travel blog

Driving the Teton Park Road to Jackson Lake Dam. wyoming travel blog

Driving the Teton Park Road to Jackson Lake Dam. wyoming travel blog

Driving the Teton Park Road to Jackson Lake Dam. wyoming travel blog

Driving the Teton Park Road to Jackson Lake Dam. wyoming travel blog

 

And then you’ll drive across the bridge (aka drive across the dam!) and there will be a parking lot on both sides of the road.

 

Driving the Teton Park Road to Jackson Lake Dam. wyoming travel blog

Driving the Teton Park Road to Jackson Lake Dam. wyoming travel blog

Driving the Teton Park Road to Jackson Lake Dam. wyoming travel blog

Driving the Teton Park Road to Jackson Lake Dam. wyoming travel blog

 

There is a parking lot on both the Jackson Lake side and the Snake River side.

 

👇 Jackson Lake Dam parking lot near Snake River.
Jackson Lake Dam parking near snake river. wyoming travel blog

 

👇 Jackson Lake Dam parking lot near Jackson Lake.
Jackson Lake Dam parking near jackson lake. wyoming travel blog

Jackson Lake Dam parking near jackson lake. wyoming travel blog

Jackson Lake Dam parking near jackson lake. wyoming travel blog

Jackson Lake Dam parking near jackson lake. wyoming travel blog

Jackson Lake Dam parking near jackson lake. wyoming travel blog

 

There is also a basic no-flush toilet near the Jackson Lake Dam on the the Jackson Lake side parking lot.

 

Jackson Lake Dam bathroom at parking lot. teton park road bathroom toilet. wyoming travel blog

 

Then, you can walk around the Jackson Lake Dam! On one side you will see Snake River, and on the other side you will see Jackson Lake.

 

Jackson Lake Dam Overlook: Snake River at Jackson Lake Dam. grand teton. wyoming travel blog

Jackson Lake Dam Overlook: Snake River at Jackson Lake Dam. grand teton. wyoming travel blog

Jackson Lake Dam Overlook: Snake River at Jackson Lake Dam. grand teton. wyoming travel blog

 

I missed out on this trail, but you can also take a short walk down to the Snake River! This will get you close to the river and also give you a different view of the dam!

 

Jackson Lake Dam Overlook: Snake River trail at Jackson Lake Dam. grand teton. wyoming travel blog

 

The pedestrian walkway that goes across the bridge is on the Jackson Lake side.

 

Jackson Lake Dam Overlook walk. grand teton. wyoming travel blog

Jackson Lake Dam Overlook walk. grand teton. wyoming travel blog

Jackson Lake Dam Overlook: Jackson Lake bridge walk at Jackson Lake Dam. grand teton. wyoming travel blog

Jackson Lake Dam Overlook: Jackson Lake bridge walk at Jackson Lake Dam. grand teton. wyoming travel blog

Jackson Lake Dam Overlook: Jackson Lake with teton mountain views at Jackson Lake Dam. grand teton. wyoming travel blog

Jackson Lake Dam Overlook: Jackson Lake with teton mountain views at Jackson Lake Dam. grand teton. wyoming travel blog

Jackson Lake Dam Overlook: Jackson Lake with teton mountain views at Jackson Lake Dam. grand teton. wyoming travel blog

Jackson Lake Dam Overlook: Jackson Lake with teton mountain views at Jackson Lake Dam. grand teton. wyoming travel blog

 

And once you have taken in the views of Jackson Lake and Snake River, you can move on to more of the Grand Teton Scenic Loop Drive!

 

Driving the Teton Park Road from Jackson Lake Dam. wyoming travel blog

Driving the Teton Park Road from Jackson Lake Dam. wyoming travel blog

 

Next up you can drive to the Potholes turnout and Mount Moran turnout!

 

And that’s a bit about stopping at Jackson Lake Dam!

 

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HAPPY DRIVING TO THE JACKSON LAKE DAM!

 

 

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