Camping is open year-round at Jackson Lake.
Lakeside, Cove, and Pelican Campgrounds are available for reservations during the fall and winter months. The shower buildings are closed. The vault toilets remain open. Three campgrounds are closed October 1st through March 31st: Sandpiper, Fox Hills and Northview.
Water hydrants are operational at the dump station.
Hunting is for waterfowl and upland bird.
Hunting is allowed in designated areas and with shotguns with birdshot or with archery.
Winter activities are very popular.
- Ice fishing: Trout bite the best but all species can be caught. Check with the park office for ice fishing conditions.
- Ice skating: A great family outing and is easily accessed at the boat ramp.
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.
Look for wildlife in the winter.
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.