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Jackson Lake
Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming

Jackson Lake was a large shallow natural lake on the Snake River until a dam was built in 1911 to enlarge and harness it for water storage. The dam has been raised twice and now allows an unsightly 33-foot drawdown when water is needed downstream. A similar dam proposal for the southeast corner of Yellowstone in 1926 was rejected by public opinion.

The Jackson Lake Lodge was built here in 1955, replacing a rustic cabin resort with a huge hotel in a controversial modern style.


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Jackson Lake was enlarged several times by this dam across the Snake River and is now a total of 33 feet above its natural level

Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming

Date photographed: July 3, 2013
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Jackson Lake Lodge, despite its magnficient location, has been controversial because of its brutal modern style

Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming

Date photographed: July 3, 2013
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The view across Willow Flats to the lake and the mountains beyond is the best thing about Jackson Lake Lodge

Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming

Date photographed: July 3, 2013
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Views from the shore of Jackson Lake have been compromised by the barren drawdown zone due to releases of water for irrigation in Idaho

Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming

Date photographed: July 3, 2013
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On the remote south shore of Jackson Lake

On the remote south shore of Jackson Lake

On the remote south shore of Jackson Lake

Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming

Date photographed: June 25, 2000

Colter Bay Marina on Jackson Lake

Colter Bay Marina on Jackson Lake

Colter Bay Marina on Jackson Lake

Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming

Date photographed: June 27, 2000

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