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Signal Mountain Launch Point Public Boat Ramp ~ Beautiful Teton Lake in Wy

Updated on July 29, 2017
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Wyoming is a spectacularly beautiful state filled to the brim with eye catching splendor. See some of the images I captured here.

Enjoying our time spent at the Signal Mountain Boat Ramp on Jackson Lake
Enjoying our time spent at the Signal Mountain Boat Ramp on Jackson Lake | Source

Grand Teton National Park

We had just spent two weeks on vacation in the Grand Tetons National Park of Wyoming with two of those days also dedicated to exploring parts of Yellowstone National Park and this was our last day. Two hours of that precious time was spent at the Signal Mountain Boat Ramp area overlooking Lake Jackson and we enjoyed ourselves immensely even though we had no boat.

My mother, niece and I had rented a car and we decided to drive back into the Tetons retracing some of our steps.

Spring Creek Ranch was our place of residence for this vacation and we had taken tours of the Grand Tetons National Park and also Yellowstone National Park.

Often we utilized the free transportation from Spring Creek Ranch to descend the butte upon which the resort sits high up over the town of Jackson Hole enabling us to easily take in various sites within the town.

All of this and more is detailed in several other articles written about Jackson Hole, the Tetons, Jenny Lake and Yellowstone.

This last day we simply wanted to spend a little more time in some of the natural settings that we had glimpsed at other points while on this wonderful vacation trip.

My mother at the Signal Mountain boat launch area of Jackson Lake
My mother at the Signal Mountain boat launch area of Jackson Lake | Source

Signal Mountain Boat Ramp

When we pulled off the road into the Signal Mountain Boat Ramp area the three of us thought that we would simply look at the site and move on to other areas within the National Park.

Surprisingly we got caught up in the sheer beauty of the place and ended up spending a fun filled relaxing several hours listening to the lapping of the waves in this crystal clear lake while also basking in the rays of the sun.

If we had custom ordered it, the day could not have been better!

My niece & me at the Signal Mountain boat launch area of Jackson Lake
My niece & me at the Signal Mountain boat launch area of Jackson Lake | Source

Skies overhead were blue and clear occasionally accentuated with passing white cotton like clouds.

The sunlight glistened on the ripples and waves of the water making it sparkle as though diamonds were cast upon its reflective surface.

Windsurfing on Jackson Lake in Wyoming
Windsurfing on Jackson Lake in Wyoming | Source

The Signal Mountain Boat Ramp along with the Lodge is located on the southern end of Jackson Lake.

There are also nearby camp grounds.

Naturally the prime use of this area is to launch boats into Lake Jackson for recreational use and the particular day that we happened upon this scene, it was primarily being utilized by people enjoying the sport of windsurfing.

Windsurfing boats on Jackson Lake
Windsurfing boats on Jackson Lake | Source

All of those rich jewel toned sails of the single person windsurfing vehicles that were flitting across the water like so many brightly colored butterfly wings embellished the already dazzling colors spread out before our eyes.

It was sheer joy to be spectators that day watching the ever changing palette of scenery upon the waves of Lake Jackson.

Windsurfing on beautiful Jackson Lake in the Tetons
Windsurfing on beautiful Jackson Lake in the Tetons | Source

It takes good balance and some sense of sailing skills to successfully accomplish the sport of windsurfing.

Obviously most of the people we saw that day skimming the surface of Lake Jackson were seasoned windsurfers. Once launched into the water and catapulted forward by the breeze, we did not see one mishap with a sailor losing control of his craft and getting dunked into the lake.

Watching the aquatic fun made us wish we had brought swimming suits along until we tested the waters.

The waters were very cold. As a matter of fact some of the people doing the windsurfing were wearing wet suits.

My niece at Jackson Lake in the Tetons
My niece at Jackson Lake in the Tetons | Source

That did not stop my niece!

After testing the water with her hands and feet she decided to leap into Lake Jackson and have some fun.

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Ahh youth!

I can still remember the days when I was younger and able to withstand much colder temperatures in lakes and even swimming pools for that matter.

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These Tetons lakes within the National Park were still cold even though our visit was in the middle of the summer.

One could see no other swimmers other than my niece who busily splashed, swam and played in the water for a brief period of time.

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While my niece was swimming and playing in the cool temperatures of Lake Jackson, my mother and I were allowing the glorious sun rays to kiss and warm our exposed skin.

Once my niece finished her frolicking in the lake it did not take long for her wet cloths to dry while still on her body.

By the time we decided that we must depart from this heavenly scene there was no chance of getting the seats of the car wet from this unexpected tryst with the lake waters.

Using the boat ramp area as a seat while viewing the action at Jackson Lake in the Tetons
Using the boat ramp area as a seat while viewing the action at Jackson Lake in the Tetons | Source

Hopefully after seeing these photos taken at the Signal Mountain Boat Ramp area in Wyoming, you will understand the thrill of the moments that my mother, niece and I shared that day in Wyoming even though we did not have a boat.

We had unexpected fun of our own while watching others launch their boats onto Lake Jackson and we especially enjoyed viewing the most colorful and active sport of windsurfing.

If you are planning a trip to this area be sure and check out this location. It is a beauty!

Windsurfing on Jackson Lake
Windsurfing on Jackson Lake | Source

Would you enjoy spending time at the Signal Mountain Boat Ramp area?

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Views of Lake Jackson by canoe

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      Peggy Woods 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hello brownella,

      Be sure and also visit Jenny Lake if you are traveling to the Grand Teton National Park. Those lakes are so gorgeous! There are many areas within the park worth spending time to discover. Thanks for your comment and I hope you get to visit these places in person someday.

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      Peggy Woods 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi pstraubie48,

      I agree with you that the beauty is almost beyond description. Thanks for reading and leaving a comment. Sending angels your way....!

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      Peggy Woods 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Au fait,

      If I lived anywhere near there, I would go back to that beautiful place often. We had to tear ourselves away from there! Imagine the fun people have who actually have boats or the wind surfing boards and sails! So glad that you enjoyed this look. Appreciate your votes, the 5 star rating and your sharing of this hub.

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      brownella 4 years ago from New England

      Beautiful photo's. I haven't made it to Wyoming yet, but I've now added Jackson Lake to my roadtrip list for when I do. Thanks!

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      Patricia Scott 4 years ago from sunny Florida

      This is a glorious place, Peggy. We traveled to Yellowstone and the Tetons when we lived in South Dakota. The beauty is almost beyond description. So glad you shared this.

      Sending you many Angels this evening :) ps

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      C E Clark 4 years ago from North Texas

      What absolutely gorgeous photos! Jackson Lake and the Grand Tetons are gorgeous. This was another place on my list of places to go, but so far I've been through Wyoming, but never to this spot. You are so lucky to have seen these things first hand! Voting up, BAI, and hopefully this hub will inspire lots of people to go and see this place for themselves. Will share! Oh, and I added another 5 stars . . . :)

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      Peggy Woods 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Eddy,

      It truly was a glorious part of a day spent at that most scenic of locations on Lake Jackson in the Grand Tetons. Glad that you liked these photos. Appreciate your comment.

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      Eiddwen 4 years ago from Wales

      I loved this one Peggy ;wonderful photos and a great time had by all.

      Have a wonderful day.

      Eddy.

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi unknown spy,

      The locals probably all know of this most scenic of spots in the Grand Tetons. Even though we were not boating or windsurfing, we truly enjoyed our time spent there! It is so beautiful with amazing colors. Glad to hear you liked this. Thanks for your comment.

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      IAmForbidden 5 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

      Amazing Peggy! very beautiful place! Never knew such a lovely place. would like to visit this someday :)

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Mary,

      I agree...the water at this beautiful scenic spot in the Grand Tetons was much too cold for my mother and me. Windsurfing does look like a lot of fun. If I were younger, I would definitely enjoy learning how to do it. The area was just so gorgeous!!! Spending time there was so much fun just absorbing some of nature's beauty. Thanks for your comment.

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      Mary Hyatt 5 years ago from Florida

      Beautiful Hub, Peggy, but I got cold just looking at your niece in that water! People do the windsurfing around where I live, but I wouldn't be interested. Maybe when I was MUCH younger....

      Very nice, interesting Hub. I voted it UP, and will share, too.

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      Peggy Woods 6 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi leahlefler,

      Lake Jackson and the other Teton lakes are definitely cold from all that snow melt. It was way too cold for my mother and me. Many of the people doing the windsurfing were wearing wet suits. It is...as you say....spectacularly beautiful. Glad that you got to see it when you were a teenager. Thanks for your comment.

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      Peggy Woods 6 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Judi,

      I've never been to the Caribbean so I will take your word for it that the lakes in the Teton Mountains of Wyoming look like what you have experienced...that, plus photos I have seen. That crystal clear water is amazing! Lake Jackson and the others are a lot colder, however, than the waters of the Caribbean. Thanks for your comment.

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      Leah Lefler 6 years ago from Western New York

      I went to Yellowstone years and years ago, when I was sixteen. That area of the country is unbelievably beautiful! I love the clear waters of Jackson Lake - though I'm not a fan of cold water, so I doubt I would jump in like your niece did!

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      Judi O 6 years ago from Texas

      What a fabulous photo. Except for the mountains, it could be the beautiful Caribbean.

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      Peggy Woods 7 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Thanks Wyoming Email Lists for taking a look at this Signal Mountain Boat Ramp hub.

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      Wyoming Email Lists 7 years ago

      Great images... Nice Place . I Thinks You enjoyed a Lot...

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      Peggy Woods 7 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Happy New Year Candie!

      The Tetons in Wyoming are truly amazing and so many beautiful sites there! We loved our time spent in Jackson Hole and exploring sites all around like this boat ramp at Signal Mountain. Next time you go back you will have another spot to check out. :-) Thanks for the good wishes and comment.

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      Candie V 7 years ago from Whereever there's wolves!! And Bikers!! Cummon Flash, We need an adventure!

      Hey Peggy!! Ah.. you have hit on my MOST fave area of the country!! Aside from the one I live in, the Tetons have the most amazing mountains and my MOST fave place is Jackson Hole, Wyoming. Though now it's a lot more touristy than when I was young, it remains a personal favorite, hands down!

      I've never, however, been to Jackson Lake.. will have to check it out next time I'm back there!!

      Happy New Year, my dear friend!

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      Peggy Woods 7 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hello The Old Hack,

      I would agree with you that the lakes in the Tetons of Wyoming look beautiful and the one in which we spent so much time...the boat ramp at Signal Mountain on our last day there...was no exception. Glad that you got to see this one...at least virtually. Thanks for the comment.

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      The Old Hack 7 years ago

      Amazing place. It makes our lakes in Britain look like muddy puddles.

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      Peggy Woods 7 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hello lovegg,

      Happy that you enjoyed this look at the Signal Mountain Boat ramp area in the Tetons of Wyoming. Thanks for leaving a comment.

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      lovegg 7 years ago

      very beautiful?

      Have a nice day!

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      Peggy Woods 7 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Ethel,

      We were all having fun at the Signal Mountain Boat Ramp area...ESPECIALLY my niece! Thanks for the comment.

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      Eileen Kersey 7 years ago from Kingston-Upon-Hull

      Great images. Your niece looked to be having great fun

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      Peggy Woods 7 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Greetings the rope,

      Wyoming has some great lakes with many of them in the Tetons. Naturally there are the dude ranches of which you are familiar. Happy to have introduced you to this other aspect of visiting there. Thanks for the comment.

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      Peggy Woods 7 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Greetings bohurupi,

      And also happy that you stopped to take a look at the photos of the Signal Mountain Boat Ramp area and took the time to leave a comment. Thanks!

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      Peggy Woods 7 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hello sytor,

      So happy that you enjoyed these photos of the Signal Mountain Boat Ramp area in Wyoming. Thanks for the comment.

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      the rope 7 years ago

      How fun! I love Wyoming but had never considered it as a fun boating area. My experience was all caught up in the cattle/cowboy thing. Thanks for a great read.

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      bohurupi 7 years ago

      Beautiful place, indeed!

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      sytor 7 years ago

      stunning photos. Thanks

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      Peggy Woods 7 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Hello, hello,

      Yes it truly was a great vacation that year exploring the Grand Tetons and Yellowstone National Parks all the while staying in one place. This two hour period of time spent at the Signal Mountain boat ramp area was delightful. Thanks for reading and leaving your comment.

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      Peggy Woods 7 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hello loveroflife,

      My mother, niece and I truly did have fun that day! Who ever would have thought that a boat ramp area could be so beautiful? Guess we should have known...just being in the Tetons of Wyoming! Thanks for reading and commenting.

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      Hello, hello, 7 years ago from London, UK

      You must have such a great vacation. The pictures are beautiful. Thank you for sharing.

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      loveroflife 7 years ago

      What Fun!

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      Peggy Woods 7 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi agusfanani,

      Oh it would be so much fun to windsurf if one had the expertise. We so enjoyed our time spent at the Signal Mountain Boat Ramp watching the windsurfers. Do you windsurf? Thanks for the comment.

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      agusfanani 7 years ago from Indonesia

      It's a beautiful place to visit. I would have sometime to drop by at the lake too, especially try the windsurfing, if I were you. I look forward to reading the story of your next destination.

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      Peggy Woods 7 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Celesta,

      I know that you like scenery like this as opposed to anything that resembles desert country with the remote possibility of snakes. You would love seeing Lake Jackson from the perspective of the Signal Mountain Boat ramp area. I believe that you would love everything related to the Tetons. Thanks for commenting.

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      Celesta 8 years ago

      I could spend hours looking at the beautiful blue water. It is so serene. This is a nice hub.

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      Peggy Woods 8 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Jeff May,

      You are fortunate to have been able to spend so much time in Wyoming and even get to climb the highest peak. I agree with you that it is amazingly beautiful country. Thanks for the comment.

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      Peggy Woods 8 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Kelley Eidem,

      So nice of you to leave such a flattering compliment. Have you visited the Signal Mountain boat ramp area in Wyoming? Were I to revisit the Tetons, I would surely go back...perhaps this time with a boat. :-)

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      Peggy Woods 8 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hello dahoglund,

      I agree that the lakes in Minnesota and Wisconsin are gorgeous. This one, Lake Jackson, is no slouch when it comes to beauty! Actually all the lakes in the Tetons of Wyoming that we got to see were all very pretty. Thanks for the first comment.

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      Jeffrey Penn May 8 years ago from St. Louis

      I have spent lots of time in Wyoming, and climbed the highest point, Gannett Peak. Fantastic country!

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      Kelley Eidem 8 years ago from Panama City, FL

      As usual, another great hub!

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      Don A. Hoglund 8 years ago from Wisconsin Rapids

      It certainly looks like fun. There is a lot to do around a lake besides boating. While we lived in Illinois my wife was always complaining about here not being any lakes, Although we saw the Mississippi River about every day. Something about lakes in Minnesota and Wisconsin.