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Grand Teton National Park  


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Other Lakes

The string of lakes in the shadow of the Teton Range is one of the most beautiful features of the park, and the lakes were part of the original national park, along with the mountains. These lakes were formed behind moraines--piles of rocks, gravel, and other material--which were left by glaciers before they receded, and lie in depressions gouged by the glaciers.

One of the most visited of the string of lakes at the base of the Tetons is Jenny Lake. It is the second largest lake in the park.

The basin in which Jenny Lake lies was gouged by a glacier which descended from Cascade Canyon. The lake was named after the Shoshone wife of Beaver Dick Leigh, a mountain man and one of the area's first permanent settlers.

While the primary source of water for Jackson Lake is the Snake River, mountain streams provide the input for Jenny Lake (below) and the other lakes along the base of the Tetons.

There is a paved trail down to the lake, which is shown below. The Jenny Lake area also includes some "inholdings" or properties still in private ownership within the borders of the national park

Jenny Lake is fairly deep, reaching a maximum depth of about 256 feet. It lies at the base of Mt. Teewinot, which itself reaches an altitude of 12,325 feet. Its name comes from the Shoshone word for "many pinnacles."

The lakes of the park provide fishing for Mackinaw and Lake Trout. Another photo of Jenny Lake is shown below. Interestingly, a plan to dam both Jenny and Leigh lakes, offered in the early 1920's, generated considerable opposition in the area and helped build support for creation of a national park.

String Lake is a small lake which lies between Jenny and Leigh Lakes. It is relatively shallow and is about a mile long.

String Lake was originally known as Beaver Dick Lake, for settler Beaver Dick Leigh. It is a lovely lake, and from its shore it provides spectacular views of the Teton peaks.

String Lake Trail is a beautiful trail which runs alongside String Lake and connects Jenny and Leigh Lakes. There are 230 miles of trails in the park, including several trails which take the visitor up into the Tetons themselves.

One of the most beautiful lakes in the park is Leigh Lake, one of the string of lakes which lie along the base of the mountains. It is located north of String and Jenny Lakes. Looking across the lake provides a spectacular view of Mt. Moran (12,605 feet), as seen below.

There are a number of small lakes and ponds in the park as well. One of these is Swan Lake, a small lake not far from Colter Bay. As with other ponds, the surface of the water is covered by pond lilies, and the aquatic plants are a favorite food of moose which can sometimes be seen there. It is named for the trumpeter swans which can be found in the park.

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