Scenic River Information

Snake River,Jackson Lake to Pacific Creek

Snake River, Jackson Lake Dam to Pacific Creek

Season April to November
Class  I
Permit Yes
Gauge Jackson Lake Release
Shuttle 4.5 miles. OK to hitch or drive two cars.
Distance from Rendezvous River Sports to the put-in: 37 miles

Description: This is a beautiful run well suited for touring kayaks, canoes, rafts and dorys. The river meanders out of Jackson Lake, framed by the towering Grand Tetons. Many postcard photos have been taken of this section. Caution must be taken to avoid snags or log jams.

Directions: Drive north from Jackson on Hwy 191/89. After 12 miles you will reach Moose Junction, turn left. Drive across the Snake River and stop at the visitor center if you need a permit. Turn right out of the visitor center and enter Grand Teton, National Park. Follow the park road north 24 miles until you reach Jackson Lake Dam. The put-in is several hundred feet below the dam. To reach the take-out, continue northeast to Jackson Lake Junction. Turn left and drive three miles to the signed Pacific Creek boat access.

Otter on a Log Jam somewhere on the snake river

Snake River, Pacific Creek to Deadman's Bar

Season May to October
Class  I+
Permit Yes
Gauge Jackson Lk. Release + Flow of Pacific Creek & Buffalo
Length 11 miles
Shuttle 10 miles. Drive two cars.
Distance from Rendezvous River Sports to the take-out: 24 miles

Description: Below Pacific Creek, the river flows further from the road. It also picks up speed and becomes more braided. This is an incredibly scenic stretch with numerous opportunities to see wildlife. Caution is necessary as there are often snags and log jams. Touring kayaks, canoes, rafts, and dorys all float this stretch.

Directions: To reach the take-out drive north out of Jackson on Hwy 191/89. If you need a permit or information, stop in Moose. Continue north on 191/89 until you reach the left-hand turn to Deadman's Bar. Follow the dirt road down to the river. Walk to the riverbank and make a mental note of the take-out as it can be easily missed. To reach the put-in, return to Hwy 191/89 and continue north to Moran Junction. Turn left and enter the park. Follow the signs to Pacific Creek boat access.

Viewing a Bald Eagle very near the Hoback Confluence, Snake River Jackson WY

Snake River, Wilson Bridge to South Park Bridge

Season March to November
Class  I+
Permit No
Gauge Jackson Lk. release + Pacific Creek, Buffalo Fk.
Length 13 miles
Shuttle 12 miles. Drive two cars.
Distance from Rendezvous River Sports to the put-in: 5 miles

Description: From Wilson the Snake River meanders down the valley, contained by dikes on both sides. This stretch flows primarily through undeveloped areas and offers wonderful views of the Teton and Snake River Ranges. Wildlife viewing is good as well. Use caution to avoid snags or log jams. Kayaks, canoes, rafts, and dorys all float this section.

Directions: To reach the put-in drive west from Jackson on Hwy 22. After crossing the river turn right on Wyoming 390, then take the first right. The take-out is reached by driving south from Jackson on Hwy 191/89 for seven miles. The first bridge you reach is the South Park Bridge; turn hard right before crossing the river. Early and late season boaters may find river access difficult.

For more information call (307)733-2471 or write [email protected]

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