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On this whitewater rafting trip from Jackson Hole, enjoy a 3.5-hour Snake River adventure the entire family can enjoy. As your guide steers down the rapids and canyons, drink in the pristine mountain scenery full of wildlife, vistas, and rapids — the two largest being Lunchcounter and Kahuna where you’re sure to get wet if in front! You’ll learn proper paddle strokes and some basic safety tips, and sit in the back if you’d prefer to stay dry while bouncing your way down the river. 

Highlights

  • Whitewater rafting trip on Wyoming's Snake River in Jackson Hole
  • Choose your raft size and seat according to how wet you're willing to get!
  • Learn whitewater techniques such as an eddy stop and ferry from your expert guide
  • Experience two of the biggest waves on the Snake River — Kahuna and Lunchcounter
  • Marvel at the colorful rock formations in Snake River Canyon
  • Instruction, gear and safety equipment provided
  • Hotel pickup provided

What You Can Expect

Snake River Whitewater Rafting Trip from Jackson Hole

Snake River

This whitewater rafting trip from Jackson Hole begins with a hotel pickup, where you’ll then travel 25 scenic miles (40 km) to the banks of Wyoming’s Snake River. 

Depending upon the raft type you booked, you’ll board a smaller — and wetter — raft that accommodates up to 8 people, or get settled into a 14-person raft that’s a bit more stable and dry. The choice of raft is completely dependent upon the type of experience you’re looking for, whether it’s thrilling adventure full of splashes and shrieks or a leisurely cruise down the waves.

Before setting out for the tour down the river, your guide will ensure you have all your safety gear and are comfortable with paddling techniques, and will teach you the best way to sit in the raft and paddle your way downstream.

For the duration of the 8-mile whitewater section, your guide will steer from the back of the boat while you help power through the rapids — two of which, named Kahuna and Lunchcounter — are some of the largest waves on the river. 

At the end of this exciting 3.5-hour tour, you’ll return to your downtown Jackson hotel for some hard earned rest and relaxation. 

16-Mile Whitewater Trip:
For the first 8 miles (13 km) of this Snake River journey, casually float down a scenic portion and wildlife-strewn stretch of river. Early mornings are the best time for spotting moose, deer, or elk, and don’t forget to look towards the sky for a passing bald eagle or osprey. 
In the mid-morning, relax on the banks by West Table and prepare for the whitewater section — a thrilling, high-speed stretch through the Snake River gorges and canyons. Along the way you’ll splash down rapids named Three Oardeal, Ropes and Champagne, and your guide will show you the best lines for safely navigating the churn. 

Once the whitewater section is complete, enjoy a relaxing deli style lunch as you bask in the sun by the river, before transferring back to the town of Jackson for the end of this half-day tour. 

21-Mile Combo trip (with bus transport between sections):
For this combo cruise down Wyoming’s Snake River, the first 13 miles (21 km) are exceptionally scenic with views of the snowcapped Tetons, and the chance to encounter native wildlife as seen from the banks of the river. This area is known for its high concentration of nesting bald eagles and ospreys, and if you’re lucky you might even see one fishing as it splashes down into the river. 

The casual portion of this river cruise will finish at South Park Bridge, where you’ll then transfer to West Table for the whitewater section to begin. You’ll splash down rapids with names like Lunch Counter, Champagne, and Three Oardeal, and, after a lunch on the banks of the river while relaxing out in the sun, you’ll transfer back to your Jackson Hotel to conclude the day on the river. 

For more info on the rapids and rafts, see the Itinerary section below.

Itinerary

Rapids, rafts and guides:
The rapids along the 8-mile portion of both tours are Class II-III (on a scale of I-VI) during normal water flow. Sometimes during the first weeks of June when water flow is heavier, rapids may go up to Class IV and the minimum age of participants may increase.

The standard raft holds between 10 and 16 people and is suitable for all levels of experience. If you want a front-row view of the rapids, sit in the front of the raft, or stay toward the back if you don’t want to get quite as wet.

All river-rafting guides have completed a guide course that includes rigorous, hands-on river safety training. All guides are also schooled in river ecology and the local environment.

Customer Reviews

Katherine B

4 star rating: Recommended September 2014

Great time!

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