Open late May to late September. Located 25 miles north of Moose with 350 individual sites without utility hookups and 11 group sites. Indivisual sites without hookups are first-come, first-served, advanced reservations are not accepted. The Colter Bay RV Park has sites with full utility hookups. Reservations are accepted for sites in the RV Park and for group sites in the campground. Campground and RV Park has modern comfort stations with a trailer dump station, showers and laundry nearby. Colter Bay is a wooded campground with larger sites and easier access if you are traveling with a camper, trailer or RV. Close to Jackson Lake with many nearby activities. The campground generally fills in the afternoon , if at all, reservations are advised for the RV Park. The maximum length of stay is 14 days with no more than 30 days in the park per year. Website: www.gtlc.com
This is a large campground with 15 loops of 350 campsites plus group and hiker/biker sites as well as a separate RV park. Although during peak season, it will be full by late afternoon based on the times I've camped here in recent years.
Most sites are forested with good shade on Loops A-G while many sites on Loops H-O tend to be less forested. Many sites tend to have some scrub/underbrush and lack a designated tent pad (including this site).
Each loop has restrooms with flush toilets and running water as well as a utility room with a flush sink for washing dishes. Each restroom site also has a faucet outside for potable water.
Each site has a fire ring, picnic table, and bear bin.
There is a short trail to the shore of Jackson Lake for water activities, great views of the Tetons, a designated picnic area, as well as the marina and visitors center. Another trail takes you to the general store/deli and the laundry/shower facilities (both places have WiFi access although the general store network seemed faster). Firewood, ice, etc. can be purchased at the general store or at the gas station located just before you enter the campground.
There are multiple options for activities from this campground: hiking (Hermitage Point TH), horseback rides, boat cruises, scenic raft trips, fishing, kayaking, swimming, etc. Boat rentals and fishing equipment/licenses are available at the marina store.
Despite the number of sites/people, our site was pretty peaceful. Didn't see much wildlife around the campground this season, although there is a fox den near the general store that has been there the past few years.
Misc. Info: El 6800'; the South Gate of Yellowstone is 16 miles N; Jackson, WY is 40 miles S
This place is unbelievably beautiful! The campground is just a place to lay your head, but the hikes around Colter Bay are majestic! Church at the amphitheater was enjoyable, and the grocery store provided necessary items and ice cream treats daily!
This was a great campground! Though the showers were pay, they were well maintained and nice. There is a beautiful trail not far from the camping that gives you a great view of the Tetons. There is also a NPS visitor center that will give you any information you'd need!
Campground was very clean and well managed. All ammediates were readily available on the campground including laundry shower and convience store as well as restaurant. The canoe and kayak rentals to go on Jackson River well worth it. Defintly stop at the beach as well.
I got to Colter Bay village around noon and they had campsites still available, so we got one and put our yellow tag on our post right away. We left for the day and came back just after 8 pm and someone else was all set up in our spot and our yellow tag was gone. We had to drive around to find a place that was open to try and solve this issue because the campground was completely full and we would have no where to stay. A security guard came right away and was so friendly and helped us. We ended up sharing a campsite with the woman who accidentally got booked there. It was a simple human error and I ended up getting a refund. I appreciated the nice staff and the friendly campers a lot.
Besides that, this site is awesome. There is a ton to do within walking distance and tons of amenities offered. Our camp site was pretty big and had lots of trees around it, providing some nice shade in the morning. Apparently bears are common in this area, so locking up your food in the bear containers provided at each campsite is a must. We didn't encounter any bears and slept great. Went on a 2 mile walk on the lake shoreline trail and visited the visitor center for a while. Such a nice time!
Campground is covered with trees keeping noice relatively low. But walk out of the trees and out to the bay and the views are endless. Definitely make sure to catch a sunset there!
We were under the impression you had to camp in Colter Bay to use the shower but it’s $4.25 and open to the park. The campground is convenient and the view from picknic area is breath taking!
The views here were great. This area had all the things we needed. I recommend north Jenny lake - beware though, Jenny lake gets crazy busy so perhaps try one of the other lakes. We went to String Lake for lunch and it was lovely. There are many great trails for bikes. Jackson Lake Lodge has some fabulous views out the back on its balcony.
At Colter bay campground they have a laundromat, showers, grocery store, coffee stand, and gift shop. We were able to use our active military ID for a discount at the campsite. There are large number of sites and you are assigned a spot as you pull up to the gate. Lots of foliage around each campsite and a quick walk to view the Teton mountain range.
WE were here over Memorial Day weekend and it was amazing. The hikes, drives and campsites all were enjoyable and so convenient. We cannot wait to go back.