CCC Camp

CCC Camp
CCC men lined up to salute the flag at the end of every work day. Jenny Lake CCC Camp NP-4 with mess hall at right, 1936.
CCC crew at Jackson Lake
CCC crew removes dead trees from the shores of Jackson Lake.

In 2006, the bathhouse and mess hall from the Jenny Lake CCC camp were placed in the National Register of Historic Places.

In 1933, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt established the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) creating thousands of new jobs. CCC crews began arriving in 1935 at the south Jenny Lake camp, one of four in the park. Young men constructed miles of trails and facilities and removed thousands of dead trees along Jackson Lake, flooded after construction of the Jackson Lake Dam.

After the CCC camp closed in 1942, the area, known as the "C-Camp," served as a base camp for world-renowned climbers. Yvon Chouinard, Irene Beardsley and Royal Robbins, among many others, stayed at the C-Camp while pioneering new routes in the Teton Range.

Exum Guide
Exum guide instructing clients.

Beginning in 1946, Paul Petzoldt and Glenn Exum used the old CCC bathhouse as office space and living quarters for their guide service, Petzoldt-Exum School of American Mountaineering. Petzoldt and Exum—pioneers of guided climbing in the United States—challenged clients to learn skills necessary to climb the Teton Range's majestic peaks a break in tradition from European guides.

Today, the old bathhouse still serves as the summer headquarters for the Exum Mountain Guides.

How to get there: Drive north from Jackson to Moose Junction. Turn left onto the Teton Park Road toward Moose. Drive through the entrance station eight miles, turn left into the South Jenny Lake area. Parking can be very challenging here between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. during peak summer months. Plan your visit around these hours for the best experience. A variety of visitor services exist here including a visitor center, interpretive exhibits, ranger station, boating concession, restrooms and store. The To reach the old CCC camp, park at the far south end of the parking lot, walk across a wooden bridge to the Exum Mountain Guide offices.

Last updated: February 24, 2015

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