This rustic campground is in a remote park of Grand Teton National Park. The campground is 11 miles south of Yellowstone and eight miles north of Colter Bay Village providing easy access to both parks. The campsites are in a spruce and fir forest on the shores of Jackson Lake. One mile across the lake is the northern portion of the Teton Range including Webb Canyon, Owl and Ranger peaks. Looking south, the expanse of the Teton Range towers over Jackson Lake.
ADA Access: The Lizard Creek Campground has two loops with 60 individual sites. At this time, none are ADA accessible. In the future, the campground will redesign sites to be compliant. Restroom facilities are partially accessible. No showers are available. No payphone is available. Route into the amphitheater is well-compacted gravel and on a slight slope.
Camped in this campground after the first come, first served sites in Yellowstone were already full as we were road tripping through. Stayed here two nights at sites 3 and 16. Was very happy with the experience. The first night we rolled in around 11 PM on the Saturday before 4th of July week. We got one of the last 3 sites. Sunday, the campground was full around 7 PM. The sites are good sized and a good bit of them are walk in. Some of the sites closer to the lake at the end of the campground seemed to be really close to each other. There are multiple flush bathrooms that were good enough for camping. Bear boxes provided. Was really happy that everyone was friendly and respectful of noise level. A no frills, basic campground. Would definitely camp here again if given the opportunity.
The site was nice and flat, and the bathrooms were fairly clean, although small. My main issue with the campground was that the host wasn't around to sell me firewood on two separate occasions while they were supposed to be on duty. As I consequence, my party had to go to bed without a fire on our first night.
Most of the sites are walk on sites, with only one loop being dedicated to anyone with a camper or RV, so if that’s how you’re traveling I wouldn’t recommend this site, seeing as how the small loop was packed full of people. Sites are pretty much on top of each other, seeing as how I had to set up in the dark and saw three campfires within a 10 or 15 foot radius from where our tent was. The bathrooms are real plumbing, but they are not very well kept up, so it’s better than some of the outpost bathrooms most camp areas have, but if a clean bathroom is a deal breaker for you, I would also not recommend. There was a beautiful beach about a 7-10 minute walk from the site I was on. A little pricey ($30 nightly fee) for the amenities or lack thereof and definitely not worth the money for how close you were to other campers and their sites.
Lizard Creek is a first-come, first-served campground with 60 sites near the northern end of Grand Teton National Park. It's quiet which is the experience I love about being in national park campgrounds. It's an early bedtime for most campers after an active day in the park.
We arrived early in the day and took site #48. In July/August, most of the campgrounds in Grand Teton fill up. You can see the previous day's "full" time for all Grand Teton parks (same for Yellowstone) on the park's website:
Very cool feature! It wasn't showing up as I posted this review, but Yellowstone's was. Maybe I'm mistaken. Well, you can see all campgrounds.
Amenities: Flush toilets, running water in sinks, service sink, trash disposal/recycling, and bear proof food storage boxes.
This campground has many walk in tent sites as well as a hiker/biker area with an $11 fee instead of the standard fee of $30 ($15 for NPS Senior Pass holders). You get a dedicated parking spot in front of your area, and you can pitch your tent fairly far back from the road.
Many sites have short parking areas but some are wide, especially among sites 48-63. You can put a vehicle and trailer/popup side by side. Someone fit a Class A on a site, but I don't know how they did it! This doesn't seem like a good choice for something that large…and remember, no hookups.
There are beautiful views of Jackson Lake from sites 30, 32, 34 and 35 with a premium view at #32. (See photo.)
One final (long) comment: I included a photo of some rules regarding checking in. I've never seen a list like this. It's my experience that someone who has a site with today listed as their departure date does not mind an incoming camper asking if they are leaving. I have been in campgrounds where the camper who's leaving says - pay for the site and put your tag on the post because we'll be out soon. That's not allowed at this campground because you are trying to "reserve" a site.
I have also been in places where the site is empty and today's date is listed as the departure date. Campers often leave without removing their tag.
Campground was clean, bathrooms were easily accessible and maintained well. Camp hosts were incredible! They were friendly, helpful and knowledgeable. This campground is only about 15 minutes from the Yellowstone south entrance.
Each camp site has a fire ring, bear box and picnic table. The campground also has fresh water spickets, trash bins and a community fire circle.
We enjoyed our 7 day stay and docked it a star based off price since many campgrounds that charge the same amount have more amenities. Price was $30 per night for dry camping
We stay here to be closer to Yellowstone in the morning. It helps us get to Yellowstone before their spots fill up.
What a great campground. Every site is tucked away in its own nest of trees. Each site is a great amount of space enough for our two tents. It’s right by the lake where we saw some fishing.
This is one of the least congested campground in the park. Seemed like it was more spacious and they have separate areas for campers/RVs and tents. They have a dish washing area, toilets, water and close to a beach!
We came into Grand Teton later in the morning (around 11:00) and still managed to snag a secluded campsite right on the lake. It was a walk back from the parking site and had a great wide area for setting up camp. As it's surrounded by pines we were also able to have both sun and shade to choose between for our tent site
The site was well kept, the bear boxes were definitely helpful, and the bathroom, while TINY, was clean the whole time. There had been a bear in the campground the week prior, but sadly it was gone by the time we got there. Everything is close enough to the site that driving to overlooks or trails wasn't much of a hassle. Even the ranger at one of the ranger programs said this was the prettiest campground in the park! Our site also had plenty of room for all 3 of our tents :)