Camping is open year-round at Jackson Lake. Campgrounds begin to close after Labor Day depending on visitation. Two campgrounds, Pelican and Northview, have electric hookups and are open all year. Fox hill campground is open year round but does not offer electricity.
Water hydrants are operational at the dump station.
Hunting is for waterfowl, upland bird and archery deer. Hunting is allowed in designated areas and with shotguns with birdshot or with archery.
Ice fishing is very popular. Trout bite the best but all species can be caught. Fishing is restricted to the boat ramp, inlet canal and at the dam until the end of waterfowl season. Check with the park office for ice fishing conditions.
Ice skating makes for a great family outing and is easily accessed at the boat ramp. Please stay in the designated fishing areas until the end of waterfowl season.
Before going out onto a frozen lake, pond or river, it’s important to take safety precautions to reduce the risk of falling through the ice. Knowing how to judge ice conditions will also help you make more informed decisions while enjoying winter activities. Safety on ice brochures are available at the self-serve entrance station and the visitors center.
The park is home to an abundance of wildlife, even some rare species during the winter months. We are a winter home to some long-eared owls that spend their time in the shrub areas on the west side of the park. These are solitary creatures, so be quiet when looking for them. Deer, rabbit, squirrel, fox, coyote, waterfowl, raptors (including bald eagles) and shore birds can be found also.
With few people around, these animals can be seen on a daily basis throughout the park.