- Late spring, summer, fall are the best times of year to enjoy this activity.
- Rent a sea kayak or stand-up paddleboard at any of the in-park providers, or in Jackson, and explore its pristine glacial waters.
- Put your kayak in at West Table to float through the Snake River Canyon’s exhilarating whitewater.
From peaceful paddling on the tranquil waters of Jenny Lake to surfing the rapids on the Gros Ventre River, exploring the waterways of Jackson Hole in a kayak or canoe is an accessible activity for both experienced veterans and novices alike.
Along the base of the Tetons is a string of seven glacial lakes; Jackson, Leigh, String, Jenny, Bradley, Taggart and Phelps. The most accessible ones for paddling are Jackson and Jenny Lakes. For a relaxing day, pack a picnic, bring your fishing rod and set out for some peaceful time on the water. For a more adventurous day, paddle across Leigh Lake and hike Mount Moran.
If you are craving a more adrenaline-filled activity, strap on your spray skirt and prepare to get wet in some of Jackson’s infamous whitewater. Two parts of the Snake River have whitewater kayaking junkies flocking: the Snake River Canyon and the Deadman’s to Moose section of the Snake River. The Lower Slide Lake to Kelly expert section of the Gros Ventre River is another hot spot for juicy rapids.
Rentals & Fees
Kayaks and canoe rentals are widely available in Jackson. There is one outfitter in Moose and another at Jenny Lake. To float inside the park, a permit must be secured at the Visitor’s Center for a small fee.
Hire a Guide
If unfamiliar with the waterways or new to the sport, hiring a guide is a good, safe option. Group tours can be booked or experienced instructors hired at one of the many outfitters in Jackson. Explore this page for more information on local Jackson Hole river guides.
These are activities that demand lots of caution and good judgment. A list of safety gear would include, but not be limited to, a personal flotation device, a helmet, air bags for the bow and stern, a spray skirt and proper paddling clothes.