Where to Paddleboard in Jackson Hole

String Lake

Jackson Hole is host to an abundance of alpine lakes that will literally take your breathe away. Whether you're new to paddle-boarding or a seasoned pro, looking for a relaxing lake day or a strenuous adventure - we're happy to share our favorite places to paddle board in Jackson Hole.

String and Leigh Lake are a top choice for anyone looking to paddleboard in Grand Teton National Park.  The waters of String Lake are calm, shallow, and crystal clear which provides an enjoyable and safe environment for all skill levels.  When you’re ready for an adventure, paddle to the Northern tip of String Lake for a short portage to Leigh Lake.

Directions to String and Leigh Lake

From Jackson Hole, drive 40 minutes North to the String Lake Trailhead parking lot.  Note: avoid arriving mid-day to make sure you get a prime parking spot – we suggest arriving early for prime parking and beach access.  Once parked, follow the marked sidewalk to access the beach put-in.

Directions from Mountain Modern Motel to String Lake Trailhead

What to Pack for String and Leigh Lake

While you can spend a short time at String and Leigh Lake, we suggest being prepared for a full day (leaving is the difficult part).  Of all the places to paddleboard in Jackson Hole, String Lake is our favorite and we think it will be yours too.

  • Plenty of food and water
  • Sunscreen, sunglasses, and hats
  • Camera
  • Dry bag
  • Jacket and layers (in case any incremental weather blows in)
String Lake in Grand Teton National Park
String and Leigh Lake Quick Facts
  • Skill Level:  All
  • Bathroom:  Yes – located adjacent to parking lot
  • Parking: Yes – designated lot, arrive early or later in the day to secure a spot
  • Park Pass:  Required – can be purchased at the entrance gate or at the NPS website
  • Boat Permit: Required – all Geargrab rentals include a boat permit (attached to SUP handle)

Colter Bay Beach at Jackson Lake

Jackson Lake is the largest lake in all of Grand Teton National Park. The deep blue waters and expansive horizons provide a great viewpoint for checking out the incredible Teton range.

Directions to Colter Bay Picnic Area and Swim Beach

From Jackson Hole, drive 1 hour North to the Colter Bay picnic area and swim beach.  Once you exit off the main highway, you will drive past the shops/laundry area.  Turn right at the marked picnic area and drive about 1/4 a mile to the parking lot.

Directions from Mountain Modern Motel to Colter Bay

What to Pack for Colter Bay

Colter Bay is the perfect family beach day, so bring the SUPs/tubes and make sure to add a youth lifejacket at checkout.

  • Picnic lunch, snacks, and plenty of water
  • Water shoes to keep your feet happy when walking on the rocky shore
  • Sunscreen, sunglasses, and hats
  • Camera
  • Dry bag
  • Extra layers and towels to dry off
Jackson Hole beach day
Jackson Lake – Colter Bay Quick Facts
  • Skill Level:  All
  • Bathroom:  Yes
  • Parking: Yes
  • Picnic Tables: Yes
  • Park Pass:  Required – can be purchased at the entrance gate or at the NPS website
  • Boat Permit: Required – all Geargrab rentals include a boat permit (attached to SUP handle)

Slide Lake

Formed during a massive landslide in 1925, Upper and Lower Slide Lakes are perfect for anyone looking to enjoy a relaxing lake day.  We suggest Atherton Creek Campground for ease of access and facilities available.

Directions to Lower Slide Lake

From Jackson Hole, head north on US 191 towards Grand Teton National Park.  At the roundabout, turn right onto Gros Ventre Road and follow all the way out to the lakes.  Note: after you pass the town of Kelly, the road splits – keep right and head up the hill to continue toward Slide Lake.

Directions from Mountain Modern Motel to Slide Lake – Atherton Creek Campground

What to Pack for Slide Lake

Slide Lake is the perfect relaxing lake day, so bring the SUPs/tubes and your ideal beach setup (book, cornhole boards, frisbee, etc).

  • Picnic lunch, snacks, and plenty of water
  • Water shoes to keep your feet happy when walking on the rocky shore
  • Sunscreen, sunglasses, and hats
  • Extra layers and towels to dry off
  • Towels and/or camp chairs
Slide Lake Quick Facts
  • Skill Level:  All
  • Bathroom:  Yes
  • Parking: Yes
  • Picnic Tables: Yes
  • Park Pass:  Not Required
  • Boat Permit:  Not Required
  • Dogs Allowed:  Yes

R Park

If you are looking for an easy, family friendly place to paddleboard in Jackson Hole – look no further than the centrally located R Park.  Situated between the town of Jackson and Wilson, R Park is the most convenient location on our list.  Created by The Jackson Hole Land Trust, R Park consists of trails, art installations (including Mama Mimi), and ponds for recreating.

Directions to R Park

From Jackson, head west on Hwy 22 towards Wilson.  After crossing the Snake Bridge, turn right onto Hwy 390/Moose-Wilson Road.  After a short .1 drive, take another right at the R Park entrance on River Springs Road.

Directions from Mountain Modern Motel to R Park

What to Pack for R Park
  • Picnic lunch, snacks, and plenty of water
  • Sunscreen, sunglasses, and hats
  • Extra layers and towels to dry off
  • Towels and/or camp chairs
R Park Quick Facts
  • Skill Level:  All
  • Bathroom:  Yes
  • Parking: Yes
  • Park Pass:  Not Required
  • Boat Permit:  Not Required
  • Dogs Allowed:  Yes, but only on the perimeter of the park and on leash