Explore the rocky shores and tranquil waters of Yellowstone Lake on a 6-hour kayak tour with a professional guide. Climb into either a single or double kayak and then set out to discover the beauty of Yellowstone Lake at a relaxed pace. Scour the rugged shores for native wildlife like elk, moose and bison; watch otters frolic in the warm waters of the lake; appease your appetite with a delicious picnic lunch; and paddle beside the West Thumb Geyser Basin to see incredible geothermic features. No previous kayaking experience is necessary for this enjoyable excursion.
6-hour kayaking tour of Yellowstone Lake led by a professional guide
Sail past geothermic wonders like the West Thumb Geyser Basin and the Potts Geyser Basin
See a rich variety of wildlife as you paddle alongside the rugged shores and picturesque scenery
Receive an introduction to paddling techniques and the Yellowstone area from a guide
Enjoy a picnic lunch on the beach (please advise of dietary requirements)
Professional guides will provide an introduction to Yellowstone's history and geology of the Lake, along with the kayaking equipment and techniques.
All necessary equipment and instruction.
Guide Gratuities are not included but greatly appreciated.
Hotel pickup and drop-off
Departure & Return
Grant Village Marina Boat Ramp, Yellowstone National Park
Confirmation will be received at time of booking
All children 12 and under must paddle in a tandem kayak with an adult. If booking with children, you must choose the tandem kayak option. This is the rate per kayak, for 2 people.
If you wish to have single kayaks (not available for children under 13), the rate is per person.
Please advise any dietary requirements in the Special Requirements field at checkout. Vegetarian and gluten free lunches are available if you let us know.
Please come dressed for cold weather, as it is usually colder in Yellowstone than you are expecting. Keep in mind that while kayaking, you will get wet. The weather in Yellowstone can vary greatly, and change quickly. Typically the days are sunny with temps in the upper 60's to low 80's, however it does get cold at night and early morning. Afternoon showers and passing thunderstorms are always possible in the mountains. We plan to go in rain or sunshine. We will provide all the necessary kayaking equipment. You should arrive dressed according to the weather, keeping in mind that while you wont ever be submerged in the water, you will get wet. Therefore dressing in layers is always best, with shorts or wind pants made of synthetic quick drying material, and shoes that you dont mind getting wet. Having a rain or wind jacket, extra layers, and/or a change of warm dry clothes for after the trip ends, is also a good idea. Guide gratuities are always appreciated, but never expected. If you have any questions any time, please dont hesitate to ask.
All sales are final and incur 100% cancellation penalties.
Viator Traveler's Reviews
, Jun 2017
Brian and Alex did a great job and a great different war it experience part of Yellowstone
It's pretty expensive but provided a unique viewpoint of the park. We got to see a couple eagles, which was great but no wildlife otherwise. It was hard to hear the guide at times, even though there was only 7 in our group, it was hard to stay right near the guide. Our meeting time was 9 am. Three of us were there on time. two more showed up about 1/2 hour late, and we didn't leave until 10 after the last two showed up. Wasn't happy that the first hour of the tour was spent waiting in the parking lot. The trip description says 9 - 3, but we were back at 2, even with starting at 10. It was like we were in a race to get back - got very tiring to keep paddling with no break.
Our guide, Alex, was very knowledgeable about geysers, geology, the lake, fish, history, etc. etc. as well as kayaking. He was friendly, had a sound sense of humor and answered all questions. This, plus the actual experience of kayaking on Yellowstone Lake, made for a most enjoyable day. We've never kayaked before but Alex made us feel at ease and kept a constant lookout to be sure we were OK. Highly recommended!
We enjoyed the tour and our guides were great. It was fun getting to see a geyser erupt that no one on land could see and then feel how hot the water became. That being said, it was hard getting back because it was against the wind. My kids weren't too happy about that, but I had a great time!
Alex and Jason were great, low key and knowledgeable guides. Trip started a bit late due to miscommunication in the reservation confirmation I received, but that was the only glitch. Once we got on the water we had an amazing time. Pretty strenuous, but well worth it to see the geysers up close from the water. We were lucky, had a beautiful day. Highly recommend.