people whitewater rafting in the rapids on a river
A group of people rafting

How Long Does White Water Rafting Take?

Get ready for an adventure of a lifetime! While both whitewater rafting and river float trips offer a chance to explore stunning waterways, they cater to entirely different preferences for adventure.  If you’re a thrill-seeker, whitewater rafting is your ultimate challenge, where you’ll battle thrilling rapids. On the other hand, river float trips invite you to loosen your grip and soak in the scenery. Today, we’ll set our pace to tranquility and explore the top float trips Jackson Hole offers.

These float trips unfold on mellow stretches of the river, where gentle currents and calm waters reign supreme. Forget strenuous paddling or white-knuckled maneuvering – here; relaxation is the name of the game. You can kick back and admire the breathtaking views as you drift along. Depending on the specific trip and location, you might be cruising in a canoe, kayak, tube, or even a giant inflatable raft – all designed for maximum comfort on the water.

Three Main Flavors of Float

  1. Gear up for an unforgettable summer adventure on the Snake River in Jackson Hole, Wyoming! This 8-mile rafting trip is perfect for families and adventurers of all ages seeking a thrilling yet manageable whitewater experience.  The Snake River boasts a Class III rating, ideal for first-time rafters and seasoned paddlers alike.  Class ratings range from I to VI, with Class I indicating calm waters and Class VI signifying extreme rapids.  Conquer exhilarating rapids like Lunch Counter and Big Kahuna, all while soaking in the breathtaking scenery of Jackson Hole.  This adventure is estimated to take approximately 3.5 hours on the river, providing ample time for excitement and relaxation.
  2. Embark on an unparalleled 14-mile scenic float trip, the longest offered on the Snake River! This picturesque adventure unfolds along the exclusive Snake River Ranch, a hidden gem accessible only from May until June 16th. Paddle through paradise as the majestic Teton Range unfolds before you. Relax and take in the breathtaking scenery while your expert guide navigates the calm waters.  As the only commercial company permitted to launch from this exclusive boat ramp, you’re in for a unique and memorable experience.  A delicious lunch stop is included to fuel your adventure, estimated to take approximately 6.5 hours on the river.
  3. Short on time or have little ones in tow? A late-morning Snake River lunch float offers the perfect solution! Kick-off at the Wilson boat launch west of Jackson for a family-friendly adventure.  As you gently float downstream, take in the beauty of the surrounding landscape.  The journey culminates at our private riverside haven, where a delicious gourmet picnic lunch awaits.  Feast on roasted turkey and cheddar on brioche buns, crispy chips, a refreshing Thai broccoli salad, a vibrant fruit salad, and homemade cookies for dessert.  Quench your thirst with lemonade or water.  Relax on the provided picnic tables and enjoy the scenery before heading back.  Kids love this float!

Combine Your Adventures

Are you craving an epic adventure that combines tranquility and thrills? Look no further than a 16-mile Snake River combo trip! This adventure is the perfect blend of scenic floating and adrenaline-pumping whitewater rafting: Your day kicks off with a leisurely 8-mile scenic float, allowing you to soak in the breathtaking beauty of the Snake River.  As you gently drift downstream, keep your eyes peeled for stunning wildlife and iconic landmarks.  The journey culminates at West Table Creek, where you can take a break, stash your belongings on a bus, and fuel up for the exciting part of the trip.  

After lunch, gear up for the exhilarating finale – an 8-mile whitewater rafting adventure!  Brace yourself for a thrilling ride as you navigate legendary rapids like Big Kahuna, Lunch Counter, and Cottonwood.  Prepare for splashes, laughter, and unforgettable memories as you conquer these iconic stretches of the Snake River.

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