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Jessica’s Jackson Favorites #2: String Lake


String Lake is a skinny lake that connects two bigger lakes in Grand Teton National Park.  The other lakes are Leigh Lake and Jenny Lake, named for the mountaineer Beaver Dick Leigh and his Shoshone wife Jenny.  I have very happy childhood memories at String Lake.  I remember canoeing to the lily pads, roasting marshmallows on the shore, and watching my older brothers jump off the big rock in the middle of the lake.  My mom told me that the jumping rock fell from the top of the Tetons.  I don't know if that's true, but it sounded cool.


String lake is getting busier over the years but is still a pristine destination.  Leigh Lake has more solitude, because to get to it you have to hike or canoe.   Don't expect warm water in these lakes, but a do plan on a beautiful and relaxing time. My recommendations:

  • bring a canoe or kayak and paddle your way to Leigh Lake
  • jump off the big rock in the middle of the lake
  • bring tubes for the kids
  • try one of the hikes that start at String Lake
  • relax on the shore
  • pick huckleberries in the fall

My sister, cousin, and me enjoying the lake

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My brother and cousins


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