Grand Teton National Park Foundation

Celebrating the Centennial: Jenny Lake Frontcountry Update

Wednesday, September 28th, 2016
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Tremendous progress has been made and visible signs of transformation are evident at South Jenny Lake. After decades of use by millions of visitors, there were social trails that were heavily eroded and damage to resources in the area. Crews worked throughout the summer to improve South Jenny Lake and create an intuitive trail system, sustainable lake overlooks, and engaging interpretive areas that will give a wide range of visitors the opportunity to truly enjoy Jenny Lake and expand their understanding of the area. Construction is projected to be complete by summer 2018.

Thank you to the many individuals, foundations, and organizations whose incredible generosity supported our centennial gift to Grand Teton National Park. Here are some great images from frontcountry work that is currently underway and slated to be finished when the snow flies.

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To the left is an ADA accessible lake access point near the Jenny Lake Visitor Center and parking lot. The stone steps to the right are more visitor-friendly than the wood cribbing stairs they replaced.

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Trail crews work on a lake overlook at South Jenny Lake. Drystone masonry techniques were used here and throughout the Jenny Lake backcountry and frontcountry.

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A second lake overlook, which still needs capstones to be placed on top of the rock wall to be completed (as seen in the previous photo).

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A bronze 3-D relief sculpture of the Teton Range as viewed across the lake will be placed between the gap in the wall.