Regional Guide

Paddling - Yellowstone-Teton

The Snake River winds its way through the Tetons and makes for a great place to float. Flowing west from its source in the Teton Wilderness, the river enters Yellowstone, then flows south through the John D. Rockefeller, Jr., Memorial Parkway, and into Jackson Lake in Grand Teton.

It's your chance to drive an historic road: The Ocoee Scenic Byway was the first National Forest Byway in the nation. You'll climb up Chilhowee Mountain to some of the most stunning lookout spots in Tennessee.

Venture east out of Yellowstone into the Shoshone National Forest and you'll find a hidden gem of the Yellowstone River, the Wild and Scenic Clarks Fork—a Wild & Scenic River for 20.5 miles. Crash through Class IV-V rapids through narrow granite gorges and deep canyons.

If it's whitewater action you're after, head to Gallatin National Forest and hit the Gallatin River: Early summer runoff makes for some insane rapids and cold water. The froth subsides as the season progresses, and rapids—even through a stretch called the Mad Mile—can be run by everyone.

Beginner paddlers, take note: the stretch from Jackson Lake Dam to Cattleman's Bridge to Pacific Creek is for you. This easy stretch provides scenic views, calm water, and few obstructions.

Published: 29 Apr 2002 | Last Updated: 15 Sep 2010
Details mentioned in this article were accurate at the time of publication


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