A raft guide paddles down a calm stretch of the Snake River

Screaming down the Snake River through class III rapids isn’t for everybody. At Teton Whitewater, we understand that some of our patrons prefer a slower, quieter trip that is geared toward learning about the natural history of the area and enjoying the stunning scenery around the Grand Tetons (and taking plenty of photos!). This is why we offer float trips throughout our rafting season in Jackson Hole Wyoming.

Not everybody has heard of the term “float trip” before, so let’s explain what it is and how you can get the most out of your float tour on the Snake River.

So, What’s a Float Trip?

Float tours are not about getting the adrenaline pumping or about fighting your way through rough rapids. We have some great Jackson Hole whitewater rafting trips for you, including our classic Snake River raft trips, if that’s your thing.

Here are some key factors that separate float trips from classic whitewater trips.

On float trips:

  • Ages 4 and up are welcome

  • We encourage you to bring your camera

  • You’ll find the best possible views of the Grand Teton landscape and wildlife

  • Our guides have time to provide more fascinating information about the natural history of the area

  • You might get a little wet at times, but most of the trip will be dry

  • You get to relax and let our river guide do all the work!

Types of Scenic Trips Available

We offer a 13-mile scenic Snake River rafting trip that takes you down waters just south of Grand Teton National Park. This section of the Snake River is considered the premier Bald Eagle habitat in the continental US. In addition to eagles, our guests commonly see deer, moose, elk, beaver, osprey, pelicans, and more.

We also offer very special, scenic Grand Teton National Park tours. Within the borders of the park, you will get up close and personal with one of the most beloved mountain ranges in the world. In fact, you boat will pass right through the shadows of the Three Tetons. In addition to beautiful peaks, you’ll also have plenty of opportunities to see wildlife like elk, mule deer, bald eagles, otters, beavers, and more.

What You Bring on a Float Trip

You can plan to dress a little differently for a float trip than a typical whitewater rafting adventure. Here are our best tips on what to bring and what to wear for a float down the Snake River.

  • Water sandals (sometimes called ‘river sandals’) are the ideal footwear. They are specialized sandals that provide superior traction on wet/slick surfaces. Check out this guide on water sandals to see if they’re right for you.

  • Wide-brimmed hat with a chin-strap

  • Lots of sunscreen

  • Bandana or towel can be useful for several reasons

  • Lightweight long sleeve shirt

  • Tote bag or smaller backpack

  • Camera

Have any more questions about float trips? Leave us a comment below or contact us today and we’ll give you a fast answer.

We hope to see you out on the river soon!

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