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Rafting Lessons and Tours

Rafting Overview

The Alpine Canyon of the Snake River is perfect for first-time rafters, families, and seasoned veterans alike. We are the only outfitter in Jackson Hole offering whitewater rafting instruction and we have the only two-man inflatable kayak instruction or "duckie trip". For those who want to take rafting to the next level we offer an instructional rafting trip where everyone in the boat learns about the river and how to guide the raft. We also offer a guided scenic float trip under the majestic Teton mountain range. For those with the desire to try kayaking but who don't have the time to commit to all day lessons, we offer these guided and instructional inflatable kayak trips which are much more stable and way more comfortable and forgiving than conventional kayaks.

Rafting on the Snake River Canyon near Jackson WY

Rafting on the Snake River
Canyon near Jackson WY

Instructional Rafting - Learn to row efficiently and effectively!

We offer a detailed hands-on orientation into the world of rafts, rivers, and rapids, with this self-guided rafting adventure. The trip begins on a beautiful, calm stretch of the Snake River, which is teaming with elk, moose, bald eagles, and osprey. Here our professional boatmen and safety kayakers teach you about river gear, boat equipment, paddling techniques, rowing techniques, and river features while everyone gets the opportunity to guide the raft and have fun on the water.

After a leisurely lunch stop we get geared up for the whitewater! This is where every participant has the chance to use the skills and information he/she has learned thus far. Instructors will help coach each participant down a stretch of the beautiful and fun whitewater of the Snake River Canyon. Discounts available for large groups using our equipment or your own!

2 Day Group Instructional Rafting Courses

Want to learn from start to finish how to rig, row, plan and prepare for a multiday river trip? This 2 day all inclusive course will teach you all you will want to know about rafting and planning a multiday rafting trip. We will teach you the skills to row, stratagies for rigging boats, river rescue techniques, and give you information about planning a group expedition down the river. This group class will provide lunch, transportation, and instructors for the 2 days.  Class will generally run from 9am to around 4-5pm each day.  

2015 2 Day Group Instructional Rafting Course Dates

August 22-23

With Teton County Park & Recreation

Price $300/person

Private Instructional Rafting Pricing

Any day of the week.  Up to six people/ raft. Half day trips are only offered on the upper sections of the Snake River (8:30-1pm or 2-6:30pm), full day trips are offered on the Hoback River and through the Snake River Canyon- water level dependent

  Half Day Special Half Day Deluxe* Full Day Special Full Day Deluxe*
One Person $265 $295 $365 $395
Two People $170/person $195/person $235/person $265/person
Three to Six People $145/person $165/person $170/person $190/person

Deluxe lessons include digital images from your day on the water, a Rendezvous Water Bottle & an extra deluxe box lunch for full days – snacks for half days.

Head Instructor Jon Souter teaching an Instructional Rafting lesson on the Snake River near Jackson WY

Head Instructor Jon Souter teaching an
Instructional Rafting lesson on the
Snake River near Jackson WY

Instructional Rafting on the Snake River

Instructional Rafting Lesson on the Snake River Canyon near Jackson WY

Private Scenic Rafting Float Trips

With the magnificent snowcapped Teton mountain range as a backdrop, this is an experience that you will remember for a lifetime. This thirteen-mile stretch of the Snake River is without doubt one of Wyoming's finest. Your float trip will provide you with a multitude of opportunities to observe wildlife in their native habitat. This stretch of river is known as one of the most successful breeding areas for bald eagles in the lower 48 states. Elk, moose, deer, beaver, and river otters are also known to frequent the riverbanks.

Our friendly and professional guides can answer all of your questions about the river, the flora and fauna, rock formations, local history, or any other questions about the area. This trip takes about three hours and departs three times daily: morning sunrise float, afternoon scenic float, or an evening sunset trip. All ages are welcome. We strive to make your trip as educational and enjoyable as possible.

Availability: everyday 8:30am or 2pm


Special: $525/boat (8 people/boat)

Deluxe: $615/boat (8 people/boat)

Scenic Rafting on the Snake River near Jackson WY

Scenic Rafting on the Snake River
near Jackson WY

Inflatable Kayak Lessons (Ducky Trips)

Inflatable Kayakers about to hit the Big Kahuna on the Snake River Canyon WY

 Inflatable Kayakers about to hit the Big Kahuna on the Snake River Canyon WY




Call now to make a reservation (307)733-2471 or write

Jackson Hole Kayak School is a permitee of the Bridger-Teton National Forest and an equal opportunity provider

Rafting Lessons & Tours