Another aptly named feature in the Jenny Lake area (Hanging Canyon is very properly named as well), String Lake is a string of water connecting two larger lakes, Jenny Lake and Leigh Lake. String Lake wouldn’t be anything to write home about if it weren’t for one thing. It’s not just skinny, but also shallow. It’s possible to walk across it – if you pick your spot well – without getting your head wet. And what does shallow water mean? Warm water. And warm water is something when we’re talking about an area where most lakes never see 60 degrees.
What Makes It Great
Make a day of it by first hiking the 3-mile trail around the lake, swimming, and then sitting down for a picnic at the String Lake picnic area. Because of its shallow water, String Lake is a popular place for families to canoe. You have to bring your own boat or rent one from elsewhere, there is nowhere nearby to rent a boat.
In recent years, String Lake has become to place for newbie SUPers to come. And also for SUPers who want warm water, no worries, and great views.
Who is Going to Love It
If you want to go for a swim in the park without courting hypothermia, String Lake is your best bet.
Directions, Parking, & Regulations
Go south on the inner loop road of Grand Tetons NP, towards Jenny Lake. String Lake connects Jenny Lake and Leigh Lake.
The nearest place to rent boats is Dornan's in Moose.