Lizard Creek Campground Overview
The Lizard Creek Campground is located in the northern portion of Grand Teton National Park (GTNP) and provides a convenient basecamp for campers taking day trips to both Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Parks. This 60-site campground sits on the northern shore of Jackson Lake and offers access to the lake waters and views of the northern Teton Mountain Range. The area is frequented by various park wildlife, large and small as well as a variety of bird species. This Campground is normally one of the last campgrounds to open and first to close for the season in the park and can often see quickly changing weather patterns. The Lizard Creek Campground provides the perfect location for visitors to GTNP looking to avoid the crowds and who don’t need more than the basic amenities.
The campground is a popular location for park visitors looking for access to both Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Parks . Hiking is one of the parks’ most popular activities. While no hiking trails leave directly from the campground proper, several trails can be found at Colter Bay located 7 miles south, and in Yellowstone located 8 miles north.
Another popular activity at the Lizard Creek Campground is recreating on Jackson Lake. This large alpine lake stretches nearly 7 miles wide and 15 miles long, with a maximum depth of over 400 feet. Water temperatures generally vary from 50-70 degrees during the campground’s season. The campground provides convenient access for trout fishing and canoe/kayak use. Many campers can be found cooling off on the shores of Jackson Lake. Lizard Creek Campground does not have a boat ramp. Boat ramp access is available at Signal Mountain lodge as well as kayake, canoe and motor boat rentals at the Signal Mountain Lodge marina. In addition, Signal Mountain Lodge offers guided fishing trips on Jackson Lake and scenic float trips on the Snake River, contact the Signal Mountain Lodge front desk for more information.
Photography and sightseeing are other popular focuses for campers staying at the Lizard Creek Campground. The location provides a unique perspective of the lake and mountains for sunrise and sunset photographs. The area offers numerous great opportunities for landscape and nightscape photography, often with the bonus for wildlife shots. This is a great spot to spend your “rest” day away from the crowds.
The campground offers tent camping and pull-in/back-in sites for RVs or trailers up to 30ft. Nearly half of the sites are walk-in tent sites which provide for a more uniquely private and dispersed camping experience than found at other campgrounds in GTNP. The facility is equipped with three conveniently located comfort stations which provide flush toilets and camper sinks. Potable water can be found dispersed regularly throughout the campground. All sites have picnic tables, fire rings and bear-proof food storage boxes. Site parking pads, areas for tents and distance from parking pad to campsites can vary greatly in size. When making a reservation please utilize site photographs and dimensions to ensure a proper fit for your recreational vehicle and party. The campground provides trash collection and recycling receptacles. Campers can find ice and firewood for purchase at the campground office.
The Lizard Creek Campground sits slightly elevated from Jackson Lake on Fonda Point in the northern portion of Grand Teton National Park. Offering sweeping views of the northern Teton Mountain Range; looking south from the lakeshore. It is surrounded by a predominantly lodgepole pine and spruce forest. The campground is frequented by various park wildlife including red fox, coyotes, bears and mule deer to name a few. Often bald eagles and osprey are found perched amongst the lake shore trees as they search the lake waters. To protect the park wildlife and fellow campers, proper food storage is enforced and regularly monitored.
The Lizard Creek Campground offer’s a convenient location to access to both Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Parks. The South Entrance of Yellowstone is located only 11 miles north. Leek’s Pizzeria is located 7 miles south and offers indoor and outdoor dining with handmade pizza and sandwich offerings. Colter Bay located 8 miles south offers an expanded grocery store, as well as public showers and laundromat. The town of Jackson, Wyoming is located 55 miles south and offers many dining and shopping options as well as galleries, museums, tourist attractions, movie theaters, medical facilities, auto mechanics, and much more. Not having larger facilities nearby provides for a quieter and slower paced atmosphere than other locations in the park.
Charges & Cancellations
Please see recreation.gov Rules and Reservations Policies page for detailed information. https://www.recreation.gov/rules-reservation-policies
Directions to Campground
Heading north from Jackson on US 26/89/191, turn left (west) at Moran Junction. Travel north on US 89/191/287, 18 miles to the Lizard Creek Campground sign, turn left (west) into the campground. Heading south from Yellowstone on US 89/191/287, continue 11 miles and turn right (west) at the Lizard Creek Campground sign continuing into the campground.