GTNP: Breakfast Cruise to Elk Island

dsc_0150We were up and at ’em our first morning in Grand Teton.  I booked a breakfast cruise on Jackson Lake that left from Colter Bay.  I think we were all a little concerned it would be really cold, and not looking forward to the early morning, but (as usual) it all turned out to be sooooo worth the effort.

Pro tip:  if you are going on the breakfast cruise, do yourself a favor and go to Colter Bay the night before to sign your waivers so you don’t have to worry about it.  We did it and were glad we did.  You don’t go to the marina to sign your waiver, you sign it at the main Colter Bay area in a little booth marked “services.”  It’s where you can book activities – but FYI – in my experience, you should have your activities booked prior to showing up in these National Parks.


Colter Bay Marina on Jackson Lake.  Not a horrible way to start your day.


Teddy waiting to get on the boat.




Inside of the boat.  We had a boat captain and a guide, who both shared info about the park and Jackson Lake.


The boats docked at Elk Island.

Once we docked at Elk Island, we were welcomed with breakfast, which included fresh trout, pancakes made on site, muffins, fresh fruit, bacon, sausage, and fresh orange juice.  People who don’t like trout were talking about how great the trout was.


Not a bad way to start the day.

After eating breakfast, there was some time to either hike to the “top” of the island or to walk around down on the shore.  We were told that if you took the short hike to the top of the island, the views were great.  They were right.


The big boys and I went to the top with Martha.


Teddy stayed with Chas down at the shore.


On the way back, we decided to take advantage of the seats at the back of the boat.  Such an amazing experience!



We loved our breakfast cruise in Grand Teton National Park.  It was amazing to get to experience it with the boys.  If you are interested in booking a cruise (or another activity) just visit Grand Teton Lodge Company.



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