The 5 Best Wyoming Lakes For Swimming

Written by Jennifer Gaeng
Updated: May 24, 2023
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Although the state of Wyoming is landlocked, it does not lack swimming, soaking, or even surfing opportunities. This is thanks to its many lakes, rivers, and beaches. Wyoming has a very brief summer, so residents make the most of the season by spending as much time as possible on the water.

Remember to bring a sense of adventure and realize that even though the water may be cool, the vistas are beyond gratifying when going for a swim in Wyoming. These are the top five Wyoming swimming lakes right now!

1. Jackson Lake

Jackson Lake Wyoming
Jackson Lake is located at a height of 2,064 meters above sea level in Grand Teton National Park in northwest Wyoming.


Located in Grand Teton National Park in northwestern Wyoming, Jackson Lake is situated at an elevation of 2,064 meters above sea level. It is one of the best Wyoming lakes for swimming. The dramatic mountain peaks surrounding the 10,340-hectare lake only add to its beauty. First constructed in 1911, this lake is now used by Idaho’s farmers. It’s a natural lake originally produced by a massive glacier, yet it’s the state’s fourth-largest reservoir, nonetheless.

In contrast to the developed marinas, lodges, and campgrounds on the eastern side, the western coast is largely undeveloped. Only two of the park’s lakes are accessible by motorized craft, but this one allows water skiing, windsurfing, and sailing.

2. Jenny Lake

Jenny Lake Wyoming
The Cascade Canyon and the opening where Jenny Lake now resides were created by glaciers pushing granite debris.

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Glaciers pushed granite debris to construct the Cascade Canyon and the hole that is now home to Jenny Lake. This lake is almost 12,000 years old! Several paths, notably the Jenny Lake Trail, lead to and around the lake. This makes it a popular destination for visitors to Grand Teton National Park. Surrounded by the Teton Range’s loftiest peaks, this 482-hectare lake is situated at an altitude of just over 2,000 meters above sea level. There are numerous hiking trails and cliff faces that begin here.

Jenny Lake is a top location for those seeking a breathtaking boat excursion. The Jenny Lake Trail also features several scenic lookouts. If you’re going for a swim, you might want to bring inner tubes or a swimsuit. Hike for as long as you like on the Jenny Lake Loop Trail. Then, spread out a blanket on the shore. The lake area to the northwest of the ferry terminal is off-limits to swimmers.

3. String Lake

String Lake, Wyoming Swimming Holes
The serene and spotless String Lake gives breathtaking views of the distant Tetons.

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One of the best Wyoming lakes for swimming is String Lake. The rivers and lakes in Grand Teton National Park are cool. This is because they are fed by snowmelt and glacial runoff, but the mirror-like ribbon of String Lake is an exception. However, the water here is shallow and much warmer than that of neighboring Jackson or Jenny Lakes, making it ideal for families. Calm and clean String Lake offers stunning panoramas of the Tetons in the distance.

Since the lake is quite quiet even on windy days and motorboats are not permitted, you will see many kayaks, canoes, and paddleboards on the water. You can also rent a boat close by at Dornan’s. This lake has modest beaches and picnic tables, and it also offers picture-postcard vistas of the Teton range. Please adhere to the park’s food storage regulations; this is bear country.

4. Lower Slide Lake

1925 Gros Ventre Landslide
Lower Slide Lake in the Bridger-Teton National Forest is an excellent choice if you’re searching for a spot to take your pet swimming in the summer.

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You probably already know there are restrictions on taking your dog into Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Parks. However, if you’re looking for a place to take your pet for a swim in the summer, Lower Slide Lake in the Bridger-Teton National Forest is a great option. The red shoal that patches the slopes here makes for striking scenery. It is unlike those of the other well-known parks. The lake is peaceful and well-protected, making it perfect for paddleboards and kayaks.

Visit Kelly Deli for huge sandwiches and on-tap alcoholic seltzers before you go. Interesting fact: the river was dammed by a rockslide that buried the village of Kelly, creating Upper and Lower Slide Lakes. At the lake’s far end, treetops are just beginning to emerge from the water.

5. Glendo Reservoir

The Glendo Dam power pland and reservoir near Glendo, Wyoming
Glendo Reservoir was built by the Glendo Dam and is situated on the North Platte River in eastern Wyoming.

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The Glendo Dam created Glendo Reservoir, which is located on the North Platte River in the eastern part of Wyoming. Located entirely within Glendo State Park, the lake is a popular destination for outdoor enthusiasts. The lake is mostly used for water recreation, such as boating, water skiing, and fishing. In addition, a marina, a sandy beach, a boat launch, and miles of mountain biking routes can all be found along its shores.

The state park has more than 500 RV and tent-friendly campsites. It’s a wonderful place to stay for the weekend. It has everything you need: a boat ramp, a marina, picnic spaces, and also playgrounds.

Summary of the 5 Best Wyoming Lakes for Swimming

1Jackson LakeGrand Teton National Park
2Jenny LakeGrand Teton National Park
3String LakeGrand Teton National Park
4Lower Slide LakeBridger-Teton National Forest
5Glendo ReservoirGlendo State Park

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