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Snake River

Jackson Hole, Wyoming

The Basics

Snake River activities are all about the water and one of the most popular ways to enjoy the rushing white water is rafting through Snake River Canyon. Join a guide to safely navigate Class III rapids from Jackson Hole in Wyoming, or head out on trip from Grand Teton National Park for amazing mountain views. Floating trips offer a calm alternative with chances to see animals like moose, deer, and river otters in their natural habitat, while jet boat tours cover the most miles in the least amount of time. Or, make a full day out of exploring Grand Teton National Park from Jackson Hole to combine a Snake River white-water rafting trip with hiking and sightseeing.

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Recent reviews from experiences in Jackson Hole

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Beautiful float for a less active day
Elizabeth_S, Jun 2022
13-Mile Scenic Raft Trip on Jackson Hole’s Snake River
It was a beautiful float down the Snake River and a good break between hikes. We had great views of the mountains, bald eagles and pelicans! Leslie was a wonderful guide.
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Great family fun!
Andrew_L, Jul 2022
13-Mile Scenic Raft Trip on Jackson Hole’s Snake River
Seeing Eagles and Osprey. Our guide Jake was awesome and interacted with the whole group. His knowledge of the River was impressive.
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Our family had such a...
Jill_F, Jul 2022
13-Mile Scenic Raft Trip on Jackson Hole’s Snake River
Our family had such a lovely time on our 13 mile float. What a beautiful way to see and “be” a part of the nature all around you! Our guide Vlad was absolutely amazing and so informative and funny and helpful….we enjoyed our time during this excursion for our family.
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A must do rafting trip!
nikki_p, Jun 2022
13-Mile Scenic Raft Trip on Jackson Hole’s Snake River
We saw over a dozen eagles and other birds. Guide was amazing- friendly, knowledgeable and funny! Raft was comfortable and the trip down the snake river was just gorgeous.
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Great Time!
k7fp8mqzvj, Jul 2022
13-Mile Scenic Raft Trip on Jackson Hole’s Snake River
We had a great time! Saw bald eagles and their nests. The trip was beautiful and peaceful. Our guide was very friendly and informative.
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Awesome tour.
PAULA_W, Jun 2022
13-Mile Scenic Raft Trip on Jackson Hole’s Snake River
My friend and I thoroughly enjoyed the scenic rafting. The Snake River was rough at times but our tour guide Madden navigated the river expertly. The young woman who shadowed Madden also moved us along the river with guidance from Madden. We would highly recommend this tour.
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Float trip
Christy_M, Jun 2022
13-Mile Scenic Raft Trip on Jackson Hole’s Snake River
Getting to see an Osprey dive to catch a fish was the best! Our guide was very knowledgeable and shared lots of information. Great float trip!
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Worth it!
Jeri_M, Jun 2022
13-Mile Scenic Raft Trip on Jackson Hole’s Snake River
We had a wonderful time on the Snake River. We saw, eagles, osprey, a variety of water fowl and the big surprise, pelicans! The guides were knowledgeable and extremely kind and helpful.
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Excellent selection and Tour guide Peter. Was superb
Gerald_M, Jun 2022
13-Mile Scenic Raft Trip on Jackson Hole’s Snake River
Everthing from the weather , the ride, the people we rode with, and especially the excellent tour guide Peter. None better.
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Great Guide Parker!
Mitzi_P, Jun 2022
13-Mile Scenic Raft Trip on Jackson Hole’s Snake River
Our guide Parker was great very knowledgeable of the area and good story teller! The views on the trip were amazing and was a great experience and very relaxing.
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Gorgeous day on the Snake River
Lisa_L, May 2022
13-Mile Scenic Raft Trip on Jackson Hole’s Snake River
Had a great Snake River Float trip. Excellent guides. Very experienced and friendly. Beautiful scenes of the Great Tetons and wildlife.
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Great day on the river
Mike_K, Jun 2022
13-Mile Scenic Raft Trip on Jackson Hole’s Snake River
We were so glad we chose the float. From beginning to end . You can only get those views from the river. So peaceful. We have already recommended your company to friends.
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Things to Know Before You Go

  • Dress for the weather, as this is an outdoor activity.

  • Find a tour that matches your comfort level, from easy floats to fast rapids.

  • Consider bringing a waterproof camera and binoculars.

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How to Get There

Though the largest portion of the Snake River is in Idaho, the river also runs through Wyoming, Nevada, Utah, Oregon, and Washington, where it joins the Columbia River. It is most readily accessed from a number of US parks, including Yellowstone National Park and Hells Canyon National Recreation Area—roughly six hours from Portland. Other popular put-ins include Clarkston, Washington; Lewiston, Idaho; and Astoria, Oregon.

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When to Get There

Visit during the summertime for the most pleasant weather and best chance of joining a guided tour, as many are only offered seasonally from May through September.

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Snake River Origins

The Snake River was created by a volcanic hot spot that today sits under Yellowstone. Once known as the Lewis River, the name Snake River actually comes from a mix-up: Early pioneers misunderstood the Shoshone peoples’ hand signal for fish and thought they were signifying snakes.

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Frequently Asked Questions
The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
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