Grand Teton National Park

Canoers paddle on Jackson Lake in summer 2018. Permits for backcountry campsites on the lake, and elsewhere in the park, went on sale for the first time Monday.

Weeks later than usual, people can now lock up Grand Teton National Park’s backcountry campsites for the coming summer via online reservations.

A website where hike-to and boat-to sites could be booked months in advance was taken offline during the federal government shutdown, and so the customary early January go-live date came and went. But the website officially booted back up Monday, Teton park spokesman Andrew White said.

“There’s a new contractor,” White said, “so the website has a different look and feel than it did before.”

Prices went up by $10 per reservation in 2018, but are unchanged for the coming summer season. Reservations can be made for $45 per campsite when booked ahead of time, and $35 for those that are designated as walk-up sites. Reservations were free until 2014.

The website to secure permits is

Recreation.gov/permits.

Contact Mike Koshmrl at 732-7067, env@jhnewsandguide.com or @JHNGenviro.

Mike has reported on the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem's wildlife, wildlands and the agencies that manage them for 7 years. A native Minnesotan, he arrived in the West to study environmental journalism at the University of Colorado.

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