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Signal Mountain Boat Ramp: Jackson Lake in Grand Teton National Park

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Enjoying our time spent at the Signal Mountain Boat Ramp on Jackson Lake

Enjoying our time spent at the Signal Mountain Boat Ramp on Jackson Lake

Grand Teton National Park

We had just spent two weeks on vacation in the Grand Tetons National Park of Wyoming, with two of those days also dedicated to exploring Yellowstone National Park's parts, and this was our last day. Two hours of that precious time was at the Signal Mountain boat ramp area overlooking Lake Jackson, and we enjoyed ourselves immensely even though we had no boat.

My mother, niece, and I had rented a car, and we decided to drive back into the Tetons, retracing some of our steps.

Spring Creek Ranch was our place of residence for this vacation, and we had taken tours of the Grand Tetons National Park and also Yellowstone National Park.

Often we utilized the free transportation from Spring Creek Ranch to descend the butte upon which the resort sits high up over the town of Jackson Hole, enabling us to take in various sites quickly.

This last day we wanted to spend a little more time in some of the natural settings that we had glimpsed at other points while on this beautiful vacation trip.

My mother at the Signal Mountain boat launch area of Jackson Lake

My mother at the Signal Mountain boat launch area of Jackson Lake

Signal Mountain Boat Ramp

When we pulled off the road into the Signal Mountain boat ramp area, we thought that we would look at the site and move on to other areas within the national park. Surprisingly we got caught up in the sheer beauty of the place and ended up spending several fun-filled relaxing hours listening to the lapping of the waves in this crystal clear lake while also basking in the rays of the sun.

If we had custom ordered it, the day could not have been better! Skies overhead were blue and clear occasionally accentuated with passing white cotton-like clouds. The sunlight glistened on the water's ripples and waves, making it sparkle like diamonds upon its reflective surface.

The Signal Mountain boat ramp and the Signal Mountain Lodge are on the southern end of Jackson Lake. There are also nearby campgrounds. Naturally, this area's prime use is to launch boats into Lake Jackson for recreational use and the particular day that we happened upon this scene; it was primarily being utilized by people enjoying the sport of windsurfing.

All of those vibrant jewel-toned sails of the single person windsurfing vehicles flitting across the water like so many brightly colored butterfly wings embellished the already dazzling colors spread out before our eyes. It was sheer joy to be spectators that day watching the ever-changing palette of scenery upon the waves of Lake Jackson.


It takes balance and some sense of sailing skills to accomplish the sport of windsurfing. Most of the people we saw that day skimming the surface of Lake Jackson were seasoned windsurfers. Once launched into the water and catapulted forward by the breeze, we did not see one mishap with a sailor losing control of his craft and getting dunked into the lake.

Cold Waters and Fun

Watching the aquatic fun made us wish we had brought swimming suits along until we tested the waters. The waters were frigid. Most of the people doing the windsurfing were wearing wet suits.

That did not stop my niece! After testing the water with her hands and feet, she decided to leap into Lake Jackson and have some fun.

Ahh, youth! I can still remember the days when I was younger and able to withstand much colder temperatures in lakes and even swimming pools.

These Tetons lakes within the National Park were still cold even though our visit was in the middle of the summer. One could see no other swimmers other than my niece who busily splashed, swam and played in the water for a brief period.

While my niece was swimming and playing in the cold temperatures of Lake Jackson, my mother and I were allowing the glorious sun rays to kiss and warm our exposed skin.

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Once my niece finished her frolicking in the lake, it did not take long for her wet cloths to dry while still on her body. By the time we decided that we must depart from this heavenly scene, there was no chance of getting the seats of the car wet from this unexpected tryst with the lake waters.


Hopefully, after seeing these photos taken at the Signal Mountain boat ramp area in Wyoming, you will understand the thrill of the moments that my mother, niece, and I shared that day, even though we did not have a boat. We had unexpected fun of our own while watching others launch their boats onto Lake Jackson, and we especially enjoyed viewing the most colorful and active sport of windsurfing.

If you are planning a trip to this area, be sure to check out this location. It is a beauty!


This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2009 Peggy Woods

Comments are welcomed!

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on October 03, 2020:

Hi Paula,

I hope you get your chance to vacation in the west someday. I would happily return to this spot in the Tetons given a chance to do so. The scenery there is spectacular!

Paula on October 03, 2020:

The scene of majestic mountains and a clear cold lake make me want to take a vacation to the West.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on September 21, 2020:

Hi Rajan,

That is exactly what we thought! The Signal Mountain boat ramp area of Lake Jackson is exceptionally beautiful. The windsurfing added to the colors and enjoyment of our visit.

Rajan Singh Jolly from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on September 21, 2020:

This place is extraordinarily beautiful and it would be great to spend time here. Right up my alley. Thanks for sharing these exceptionally lovely pictures.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on September 17, 2020:

Hi Devika,

The views were so spectacular in that area! It was an amazing place to spend some time while in the Tetons.

Devika Primić from Dubrovnik, Croatia on September 17, 2020:

Beautiful place to visit. Sounds like quality time there must be relaxed and more interesting in an experience. The water looks still and just amazing to look at.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on August 19, 2020:

Hello Umesh,

The Tetons are spectacular, and the scenery in that part of the world is breathtakingly beautiful. I am happy to share some of the beauty with you and others in the photos taken while on vacation one year. We happily spent some quality time at the Signal Mountain boat ramp area of Lake Jackson.

Umesh Chandra Bhatt from Kharghar, Navi Mumbai, India on August 18, 2020:

Good description. You have presented it so nicely.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on July 31, 2020:

Hi Dale,

Jackson Lake, as well as Jenny Lake in the Grand Tetons, are spectacularly beautiful. Knowing how you like water, you would be in heaven!

Dale Anderson from The High Seas on July 30, 2020:

Well this is right ip my alley. If you want to see me smile, get me out on the water in a boat or a kayak.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on February 19, 2013:

Hello brownella,

Be sure and also visit Jenny Lake if you are traveling to the Grand Teton National Park. Those lakes are so gorgeous! There are many areas within the park worth spending time to discover. Thanks for your comment and I hope you get to visit these places in person someday.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on February 19, 2013:

Hi pstraubie48,

I agree with you that the beauty is almost beyond description. Thanks for reading and leaving a comment. Sending angels your way....!

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on February 19, 2013:

Hi Au fait,

If I lived anywhere near there, I would go back to that beautiful place often. We had to tear ourselves away from there! Imagine the fun people have who actually have boats or the wind surfing boards and sails! So glad that you enjoyed this look. Appreciate your votes, the 5 star rating and your sharing of this hub.

brownella from New England on February 19, 2013:

Beautiful photo's. I haven't made it to Wyoming yet, but I've now added Jackson Lake to my roadtrip list for when I do. Thanks!

Patricia Scott from North Central Florida on February 19, 2013:

This is a glorious place, Peggy. We traveled to Yellowstone and the Tetons when we lived in South Dakota. The beauty is almost beyond description. So glad you shared this.

Sending you many Angels this evening :) ps

C E Clark from North Texas on February 19, 2013:

What absolutely gorgeous photos! Jackson Lake and the Grand Tetons are gorgeous. This was another place on my list of places to go, but so far I've been through Wyoming, but never to this spot. You are so lucky to have seen these things first hand! Voting up, BAI, and hopefully this hub will inspire lots of people to go and see this place for themselves. Will share! Oh, and I added another 5 stars . . . :)

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on February 18, 2013:

Hi Eddy,

It truly was a glorious part of a day spent at that most scenic of locations on Lake Jackson in the Grand Tetons. Glad that you liked these photos. Appreciate your comment.

Eiddwen from Wales on February 18, 2013:

I loved this one Peggy ;wonderful photos and a great time had by all.

Have a wonderful day.


Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on October 13, 2012:

Hi unknown spy,

The locals probably all know of this most scenic of spots in the Grand Tetons. Even though we were not boating or windsurfing, we truly enjoyed our time spent there! It is so beautiful with amazing colors. Glad to hear you liked this. Thanks for your comment.

Life Under Construction from Neverland on October 13, 2012:

Amazing Peggy! very beautiful place! Never knew such a lovely place. would like to visit this someday :)

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on August 21, 2012:

Hi Mary,

I agree...the water at this beautiful scenic spot in the Grand Tetons was much too cold for my mother and me. Windsurfing does look like a lot of fun. If I were younger, I would definitely enjoy learning how to do it. The area was just so gorgeous!!! Spending time there was so much fun just absorbing some of nature's beauty. Thanks for your comment.

Mary Hyatt from Florida on August 20, 2012:

Beautiful Hub, Peggy, but I got cold just looking at your niece in that water! People do the windsurfing around where I live, but I wouldn't be interested. Maybe when I was MUCH younger....

Very nice, interesting Hub. I voted it UP, and will share, too.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on October 20, 2011:

Hi leahlefler,

Lake Jackson and the other Teton lakes are definitely cold from all that snow melt. It was way too cold for my mother and me. Many of the people doing the windsurfing were wearing wet suits. It you say....spectacularly beautiful. Glad that you got to see it when you were a teenager. Thanks for your comment.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on October 20, 2011:

Hi Judi,

I've never been to the Caribbean so I will take your word for it that the lakes in the Teton Mountains of Wyoming look like what you have experienced...that, plus photos I have seen. That crystal clear water is amazing! Lake Jackson and the others are a lot colder, however, than the waters of the Caribbean. Thanks for your comment.

Leah Lefler from Western New York on October 20, 2011:

I went to Yellowstone years and years ago, when I was sixteen. That area of the country is unbelievably beautiful! I love the clear waters of Jackson Lake - though I'm not a fan of cold water, so I doubt I would jump in like your niece did!

Judi O from Texas on October 19, 2011:

What a fabulous photo. Except for the mountains, it could be the beautiful Caribbean.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on May 12, 2010:

Thanks Wyoming Email Lists for taking a look at this Signal Mountain Boat Ramp hub.

Wyoming Email Lists on May 12, 2010:

Great images... Nice Place . I Thinks You enjoyed a Lot...

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on December 31, 2009:

Happy New Year Candie!

The Tetons in Wyoming are truly amazing and so many beautiful sites there! We loved our time spent in Jackson Hole and exploring sites all around like this boat ramp at Signal Mountain. Next time you go back you will have another spot to check out. :-) Thanks for the good wishes and comment.

Candie V from Whereever there's wolves!! And Bikers!! Cummon Flash, We need an adventure! on December 31, 2009:

Hey Peggy!! Ah.. you have hit on my MOST fave area of the country!! Aside from the one I live in, the Tetons have the most amazing mountains and my MOST fave place is Jackson Hole, Wyoming. Though now it's a lot more touristy than when I was young, it remains a personal favorite, hands down!

I've never, however, been to Jackson Lake.. will have to check it out next time I'm back there!!

Happy New Year, my dear friend!

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on December 20, 2009:

Hello The Old Hack,

I would agree with you that the lakes in the Tetons of Wyoming look beautiful and the one in which we spent so much time...the boat ramp at Signal Mountain on our last day there...was no exception. Glad that you got to see this least virtually. Thanks for the comment.

The Old Hack on December 20, 2009: