Jenny Lake shuttle

A boat shuttle embarks from the west shore of Jenny Lake in 2017. Delayed for weeks, the 2020 floating and boating season in Grand Teton National Park starts back up on Friday.

Although Jackson Lake ice-off fishing trips and pre-runoff Snake River floats were wiped out by COVID-19 related closures, the water season in Grand Teton National Park has officially arrived.

Lacking staff for aquatic invasive species checks, park officials opted to keep the floating and boating off-limits in the first couple weeks Teton park was open. The weekslong disruption ends Friday, when the AIS check stations at Moose and Moran boot back up and vessels are again allowed on the water.

“Boaters are reminded that both a park boat permit and a state of Wyoming aquatic invasive species decal are required before launching on any park waters,” park officials said in a statement.

With visitor stations closed, the only way to acquire a park permit for the time being is by calling 739-3309 and having it mailed. AIS decals, which are issued by the state, are available at license selling agents like Maverik, Stone Drug and JD High Country Outfitters.

The Signal Mountain, Colter Bay and Leeks marinas all open at 9 a.m. on Friday, in addition to other boat launches in the park.

Park concessioner Jenny Lake Boating and its popular shuttle boats start operations the same day.

Contact Mike Koshmrl at 732-7067 or

Mike has reported on the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem's wildlife, wildlands and the agencies that manage them since 2012. A native Minnesotan, he arrived in the West to study environmental journalism at the University of Colorado.

(2) comments

That's a nice idea to be able to get boat permits by phone since visitor stations are not open. But they are probably overwhelmed by calls since they don't answer and have stopped letting calls go through. Should be a better way of handling the boat permit problem? !


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