Yellowstone Kayaking

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Dates: Jun-Sep - see all dates

Total Days: 4

Activity Level: 3-4

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Price:

2014

REI Member: $755

Non-member: $825

2015

REI Member: $775

Non-member: $875

Trip Dates:

2014

  • Jun 19–22
  • Jul 10–13
  • Jul 17–20
  • Aug 14–17 Sold out
  • Aug 21–24
  • Sep 4–7

2015

  • Jun 18–21
  • Jul 9–12
  • Jul 23–26
  • Aug 13–16
  • Aug 20–23
  • Sep 10–13

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Group Size: 3-10

Activity Level: 3-4

Activities:

  • Kayaking

Accommodations:

Camping, 2 nights

Trip Highlights

  • Kayak the beautiful waters of Yellowstone National Park
  • Camp comfortably near the shore each night
  • Go at your own pace and extend your days with optional trips

Paddling the lakes of Yellowstone is one of the most intimate and extraordinary ways to experience the treasures of America's first national park. Famous for its abundance of wildlife, Yellowstone National Park also serves as home to half of the world's geothermal features, as well as numerous magnificent lakes, rivers, and waterfalls.

We spend our days paddling high-altitude lakes amid a remarkably diverse ecosystem. Depending on water flow, we may paddle Lewis and Shoshone Lakes, including a trip to the remote and spectacular Shoshone Geyser Basin. Or, we may paddle Yellowstone Lake with beautiful shorelines spectacular views of the Absaroka Range.

Come join us as we break away from the crowds to explore these secluded and majestic corners of Yellowstone National Park!

Itinerary Summary

  • Route Variation - Our route may vary depending on water levels and conditions.
  • Day 1 - Meet your guides for a gear fitting and orientation.
  • Day 2 - Paddle to camp, with gorgeous scenery along the way.
  • Day 3 - Explore by kayak today, looking for wildlife and other sites.
  • Day 4 - Make our return paddle and bid farewell to Yellowstone.

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Trip Itinerary and Details

Important Notice: Day 1 is the day you should plan to arrive at the meeting point for the trip. This may require departing your hometown one or more days in advance and traveling on an overnight flight.

  • Route Variation - Our route may vary depending on water levels and conditions.

    Our route depends on seasonality and the water level of the Lewis Channel. Generally, we navigate Lewis and Shoshone Lakes in July and August, and paddle Yellowstone Lake in June and September. REI will send a final itinerary closer to departure.

  • Day 1 - Meet your guides for a gear fitting and orientation.

    Our adventure begins at Rendezvous River Sports in Jackson, WY at 6:30pm today! Enjoy light refreshments and appetizers as our guides provide details and answer questions about the upcoming trip. We also use this time to go over the kayaking gear and details such as the equipment list, kayaks, personal flotation devices, and paddling jackets. We will provide you with a dry bag for packing your gear. Accommodations in Jackson Hole this evening are not included in your trip cost.

  • Day 2 - Paddle to camp, with gorgeous scenery along the way.

    We reconvene at Rendezvous River Sports at 7:00am to load up in the van and depart north for a 1.5-2 hour shuttle through Grand Teton National Park and into Yellowstone. Before setting out, we go over proper boat loading, basic paddling techniques, and on-water safety. Once we're acquainted with our kayaks, we set out for our camp while taking in beautiful shorelines and impressive views along the way. If we are paddling Lewis Lake, we will line our kayaks for approximately a half-mile up the Lewis Channel. On Yellowstone Lake we will paddle through the West Thumb Narrows. At camp, we enjoy a well-earned feast prepared by our guides and hear a campfire presentation on the greater Yellowstone ecosystem. Lunch and Dinner included.

    Kayaking: 8-12 miles; 3-6 hours

  • Day 3 - Explore by kayak today, looking for wildlife and other sites.

    After a freshly prepared breakfast, we set out back in our boats. If we're at Yellowstone Lake, we may make for a new camp at Flat Mountain Arm, looking for moose as we paddle. If we're at Lewis and Shoshone Lakes, we paddle to Shoshone Geyser Basin for a mile-long hike by myriad hot pools, steam vents, cauldrons, and geysers. Back at camp we have dinner followed by a presentation on current events in the Greater Yellowstone area. All meals included.

    Kayaking: 6-10 miles; 2-4 hours

  • Day 4 - Make our return paddle and bid farewell to Yellowstone.

    After breakfast, we break camp and repack our boats. A long paddle takes us back to the support vehicle, with a stop for lunch along the way. Our drive back takes us by the jaw-dropping summits of Grand Teton National Park before returning to Jackson between 3:30 pm and 5:30 pm. Breakfast and lunch included. Kayaking: 8-12 miles, 3-4 hours (Lewis/Shoshone route); 16-18 miles, 4-6 hours (Yellowstone Lake Route)

Note on Itinerary

Although we do our very best to adhere to the schedule listed above, this itinerary is subject to change for numerous reasons beyond our control. The final paddling route is left up to the discretion of the guides, and is based upon trip member's skill and weather conditions. This trip is operated rain or shine.

Important Information about Air Travel

Contact REI Adventures prior to purchasing your airline tickets to confirm the trip has the minimum number of participants required to operate.

Price Includes

Professional instruction and guiding; meals as noted in the daily itinerary; daily high energy, healthy snacks; park entry fees; shuttle services; 2 nights camping accommodations; single kayaks or tandem kayaks (more stable & easier to paddle), and all kayaking equipment.

All Yellowstone kayaking trips are conducted under the authorized concessionaire permit of Jackson Hole Kayak School.

Not Included

Transportation from your hometown to Jackson Hole, WY; accommodations in Jackson first night; insurance of any kind; alcoholic beverages; soft drinks; guide gratuities and items of a personal nature.

Qualifications

This trip is rated Moderate Plus [3-4] as we plan to kayak 4-6 hours per day in calm to moderately rough conditions. To maximize your enjoyment of the trip and to avoid sore muscles, we suggest that you engage in a regular exercise regimen beginning at least three months prior to your departure. Most important to your enjoyment of the trip is your overall fitness level.

Closest Airport(s)

Jackson Hole Airport, Jackson, Wyoming (JAC) – 10min to downtown Jackson
Idaho Falls Regional Airport, Idaho Falls, Idaho (IDA) – 2 hours

Weather

Yellowstone Lake: Daytime temperatures are usually around 80°F, with evening temperatures dropping to 65 – 70°. Lewis & Shoshone: Daytime temperatures are usually around 75°F, with evening temperatures dropping to 40 – 50°. You may encounter cool and rainy conditions, including fog and wind. Rain is a possibility so adequate raingear is important.

Single Travelers

If you are traveling alone we will assign you a roommate of the same gender if possible. A limited number of single accommodations are available, and are assigned only as necessary.

General Information

This trip is subject to the booking information set forth in the current REI Adventures Weekend Reservation Information. Please read this information carefully and call us if you have any questions. A full gear list and detailed pre-trip information is sent upon sign-up. We highly recommend the purchase of travel insurance through REI Adventures. If coverage is purchased at the time of your initial reservation, the 'Pre-existing Conditions Exclusion' is waived (certain exclusions apply).

We look forward to having you join us for the trip of a lifetime! Why wait? Space is limited, reserve your adventure today.

Yellowstone Kayaking Gear List

The key to staying comfortable while on an active trip is layering. To get maximum comfort with minimum weight, you need versatile layers that mix and match to create the right amount of insulation, ventilation and weather protection. Try to bring only what is necessary—this will help you and the field staff. If you do not already own all of the necessary gear and are not certain if you will participate in outdoor trips on a regular basis, please consider renting.

We plan to paddle double (two-person) kayaks on this course for their stability, good tracking, and speed. If you are planning to bring your own kayak, please contact us in advance of departure with the type of boat so that we can be certain it will be adequate for the kind of paddling we'll do on this trip. REI will require that boats meet a certain standard for type and size suitable to the demands of the paddling we plan to do on this trip.

Weather

Yellowstone Lake: Daytime temperatures are usually around 80°F, with evening temperatures dropping to 65 – 70°. Lewis & Shoshone: Daytime temperatures are usually around 75°F, with evening temperatures dropping to 40 – 50°. You may encounter cool and rainy conditions, including fog and wind. Rain is a possibility so adequate raingear is important.

Gear Checklist

Provided Gear
  • Kayaks (tandem/double or single available)
  • Life jacket and spray skirt
  • Dry suits or paddling jacket
  • Dry bag - 2 small for personal gear (2,000-2,700 cu inches) & 1 extra small for personal items (ex: camera, lip balm, etc)
  • 2-3 person tents, double occupancy
  • Cooking gear and all eating utensils
  • Group first-aid kit
Camping Gear
  • Lightweight compressible sleeping bag rated 20-25 degrees
  • Lightweight compressible sleeping pad
Outerwear
  • Rain jacket with hood, waterproof and breathable
  • Rain pants, waterproof and breathable
Clothing
  • Warm lightweight wool, fleece or down sweater or jacket
  • 2 pairs of thermal underwear, top and bottom
  • 2 synthetic tech t-shirts
  • Quick dry long pants
  • 2 pairs of quick dry shorts
  • Underwear
  • 3 pairs of wool or warm synthetic socks
  • Swimsuit
  • Wool or fleece hat
  • Sun/rain hat
Footwear
  • Sturdy lightweight hiking shoes or trail runners
  • Wetsuit booties, water sport sandals, or old tennis shoes that can get wet while paddling
Travel Accessories
  • Bandana
  • Easily packable lightweight beach towel
  • Sunglasses and retainer strap
  • Toiletry kit
  • Sun block and lip balm (unscented preferable)
  • Plastic bags - Ziploc for wet clothes
  • 2 water bottles - 1 quart is best
  • Favorite snacks
  • Headlamp or flashlight
  • Insect repellent
Optional Field Gear
  • Paddling or biking gloves
  • Camera
  • Favorite/preferred snacks
  • Small binoculars (7x or 8x are best)
  • Playing cards or small travel size games
  • Paperback book
  • National Park Pass (if you’ve already purchased one for pre-trip siteseeing)

Feel free to give us a call at (800) 622-2236 should you have any questions regarding the gear list. The staff at our stores and Direct Sales (800-426-4840) will also be happy to help you with gear questions. Or check out www.rei.com/learn. The Expert Advice section on our "Learn" page has great information to help you prepare for your trip.

REVIEW SNAPSHOT®

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4.8

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Pros

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  • Food (9)
  • Group camaraderie (9)
  • Well organized itinerary (8)
  • Activity level (7)

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        • Casual adventurer (7), Avid adventurer (5)
        • Why Did You Choose to Travel with REI Adventures?:
        • Destination (8), Good value (8), I liked the itinerary (8), Active adventures (7), All the details planned for me (7)

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      5.0

      Awesome, relaxing back country paddle!

      By DBTHiker

      from Connecticut

      About Me Casual Adventurer

      Site Member

      Pros

      • Activity Level
      • Exceeded Expectations
      • Food
      • Group Camaraderie
      • Guides
      • Quality Equipment Provided
      • Well Organized Itinerary

      Cons

        Best Uses

          Comments about REI Adventures Yellowstone Lakes Kayaking:

          Get away from the Yellowstone crowds and take this trip! Wildlife abounds. Lakes and Lewis River are beautiful. ONLY downside was that a few fires sprung up well away from the lakes, which made for a hazy, smoky couple of days. But, the smoke made for spectacular sunsets!

          • Why Did You Choose to Travel with REI Adventures?:
          • Active Adventures, Destination, Good Value, I Liked the Itinerary
          • Why did you choose this trip?:
          • We chose this trip as a capstone to a 2-week National Parks tour through CO, UT, and WY. After spending 4 days in Yellowstone sightseeing and hiking, this trip was an active, relaxing change of pace with great people in a beautiful backcountry setting.
          • What was the highlight of your trip?:
          • Paddling 3 days on Lewis & Shoshone Lakes, seeing a black bear near camp, seeing 3 bald eagles up-close and personal, visiting Shoshone Geyser Basin (accessible only by hiking or paddling, gorgeous scenery, fantastic guide!
          • What would be your advice to potential travelers?:
          • Take this trip! If you're an inexperienced paddler, don't be intimidated. It's a good distance, but at a pace anyone from 14 to 65 can do (age range of the group we had).
           
          4.0

          Lewis & Shoshone Lakes Kayak

          By Old School Bill

          from Winston-Salem ,NC

          About Me Avid Adventurer

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          Pros

          • Activity Level
          • Group Camaraderie
          • Guides
          • Well Organized Itinerary

          Cons

          • Trip Written Description

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            Comments about REI Adventures Yellowstone Lakes Kayaking:

            Fording up the Lewis Channel while pulling your kayak, while not overly difficult, can be challenging. Our trip was in mid-August (2012) and the water was not uncomfortably cold nor particularly deep in most places (you have to read the river and listen to the guide). However, even with the lower water of August, we forded about one mile not the 1/4 to 1/2 mile in the REI Adventures description (I had my Garmin GPS with me). After a mile of effectively "fording" a river and dealing with a constant current, you will feel accomplished. There is a trail that parallels the channel but then someone else will have to pull your kayak!

            • Why Did You Choose to Travel with REI Adventures?:
            • Active Adventures, I Liked the Itinerary, Travel with Like-minded Outdoor Enthusiasts
            • Why did you choose this trip?:
            • I have been to Yellowstone well over a dozen times and have backpacked most of the Southern part of the Park. I never had the chance to really take any time at the Shoshone Lake Geyser Basin. I was also very intrigued by the idea of kayaking in the Park especially Shoshone Lake.
            • What was the highlight of your trip?:
            • I had been on half day and shorter kayaks before but this was great intro into multi-day backcountry kayaking. Our guide was truly excellent - mature, knowledgeable, friendly, and a great cook. He sure helped me improve my paddling technique. He did a great job of weighing the pros and cons of different types of paddling gear. I am seriously considering doing the Yellowstone Lake trip.
            • What would be your advice to potential travelers?:
            • Make sure you have good sturdy water shoes for the "ford" up the Lewis Channel to Shoshone Lake. A stable footbed and toe protection are essential.

            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Simply amazing!

            By TexasMatt

            from Fort Worth Texas

            About Me Casual Adventurer

            Site Member

            Pros

            • Exceeded Expectations
            • Food
            • Group Camaraderie
            • Guides
            • Once in a Lifetime Experience

            Cons

              Best Uses

                Comments about REI Adventures Yellowstone Lakes Kayaking:

                Where to start? The gear was good high quality gear. REI tents, good kayaks with minor wear and tear on them (one was only used once before), and gravity fed water filtration.
                The guides were outstanding. They were knowledgable, friendly and enthusiastic. They helped me identify tracks of local wildlife as well as answer every question I had about the area. I had asked about the best places in Yellowstone to see wildlife at that time of year. So, in the three days I spent in the park after the trip I followed their recommendations and saw hundreds of bison and two bears! In addition to that, they took the time to teach a few of the guys the technique for rolling a kayak in the event of it flipping over in the water. Understand that this entailed one of our guides standing in water in the mid 50s Fahrenheit for almost an hour. He was happy to do it for us. That is above and beyond in my opinion.
                The food was simply perfect. Just read any review. These guys are great at preparing meals that are delicious, nutritious, and in our case, mostly organic.
                The activities of the trip itself were fun,and challenging. Just what I was expecting from an adventure vacation. This was my first adventure vacation and my wife was 13 weeks pregnant when we went on this trip. I was a little apprehensive about the physical demands of the trip when I signed us up for it. In a tandem kayak I knew I would be doing most of the paddling. My best advise would be to get yourself ready for some (not a lot) of physical demand. Also, know that weather can cause this trip to go from the rigor of a very mild jog to a physical battle and there is no way to know too far in advance which it will be.
                Lastly, the people who were my companions were the icing on the cake. There were eight (actually more I think) languages spoken, four different countries of birth, and backgrounds that were wildly diverse. Our nightly conversations would range from love of gear and gadgets to fine scotches to the American education system and the future of energy demand. Overall, a group of people that could talk about anything and I had a great time with them all.

                • Why Did You Choose to Travel with REI Adventures?:
                • Active Adventures, All the Details Planned for Me, Commitment to Sustainability, Destination, Good Value, Travel with Like-minded Outdoor Enthusiasts
                • Why did you choose this trip?:
                • I had read the reviews of the adventure trips from REI and had to try one for myself. I must say that I was not disappointed.
                • What was the highlight of your trip?:
                • The people who I met were the best part of the trip. I was not expecting that at all. Don't misunderstand. The trip itself was amazing as well.
                • What would be your advice to potential travelers?:
                • My advise would be to prepare for bugs on this trip. The mosquitos in Yellowstone can be anything from a mild nuisance to a voracious swarm in the summer time. For our trip, they were very mild. Also, don't overpack.
                 
                5.0

                Exceeded Expectations... by far

                By David231

                from Cleveland, OH

                About Me Casual Adventurer

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                Pros

                • Activity Level
                • Food
                • Group Camaraderie
                • Guides
                • Quality Equipment Provided
                • Well Organized Itinerary

                Cons

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                    Comments about REI Adventures Yellowstone Lakes Kayaking:

                    Take advantage of the time at camp and talk to your fellow adventurers. We had an incredibly diverse group of people from all over the place with all sorts of different backgrounds and stories. After the trip was over my girlfriend and I ended up backpacking through parts of Yellowstone with people we met on the kayaking trip.
                    I truly had a grand time and I catch myself reflecting frequently on the trip, the good people, the great sights... what a wonderful experience.

                    • Why Did You Choose to Travel with REI Adventures?:
                    • Destination, Good Value, Travel with Like-minded Outdoor Enthusiasts
                    • Why did you choose this trip?:
                    • I have never planned a multi-day camping trip in the civilian world. I didn't know about the rules in the back country or even how to go about getting a back country permit. Therefore I decided to have the pros worry about everything. I just watched and learned... a ton, I might add!
                    • What was the highlight of your trip?:
                    • Definitely the cameraderie between all the participants. Our group consisted of a very (unusually) diverse group of people from all over the world. This, in addition to our instructors being awesome, made for an unforgettable experience. About the food: I was truly impressed by the awesome selection of high quality food. Seriously, the culinary experience on our trip was amazing!
                    • What would be your advice to potential travelers?:
                    • The trip is not horribly demanding physically, but be advised that you will be paddling for a good portion of three consequtive days. Do yourself a favor and shape up if you are completely out of shape.
                      Also, while the guides give pretty solid instructions regarding kayaking prior to departure I would advise that you take a "Intro to Sea Kayaking" class of some sort. It helped my confidence ;-)
                     
                    5.0

                    Foodwasgreat,kayakingwasevenbetter

                    By Mrextremesportspast35

                    from Alexandria, VA

                    About Me Casual Adventurer

                    Pros

                    • Food
                    • Group Camaraderie
                    • Guides
                    • Once in a Lifetime Experience

                    Cons

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                        Comments about REI Adventures Yellowstone Lakes Kayaking:

                        The guides served gourmet, restaurant quality food each night. S'mores afterwards were really nice, too, around the campfire. There wasn't anything bad about the trip per se, just remember kayaking at 7700 feet is not the same as kayaking at sea level!

                        • Why Did You Choose to Travel with REI Adventures?:
                        • Active Adventures, All the Details Planned for Me, Destination, Travel with Like-minded Outdoor Enthusiasts
                        • Why did you choose this trip?:
                        • Never been to a Rocky Mountain State, we like kayaking.
                        • What was the highlight of your trip?:
                        • Gourmet dinners at campsite and s'mores around the campfire.
                        • What would be your advice to potential travelers?:
                        • Try and arrive a couple days arly to acclimate to the higher altitude if you are from the lowlands as we are. Be prepared for a brutal journey back to the drop-off point
                         
                        5.0

                        Nothing less than perfect

                        By Ernesto Grossmann

                        from Boulder, CO

                        About Me Avid Adventurer

                        Site Member

                        Pros

                        • Activity Level
                        • Exceeded Expectations
                        • Food
                        • Group Camaraderie
                        • Guides
                        • Once in a Lifetime Experience
                        • Quality Equipment Provided
                        • Well Organized Itinerary
                        • Wildlife Viewing

                        Cons

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                            Comments about REI Adventures Yellowstone Lakes Kayaking:

                            Our guides Brent and Max where professional, funny and thoughtful. These guys made this trip awesome. We had two pregnant women and both guides behaved as gentlemen showing how professional they are. The food was nothing more than perfect (GOURMET). The kayaks where in good conditions. The water was very cold ( maybe 40F), which didn't stop us from practicing some roll overs inside the kayak close to shore with both guides supervising. I really want to emphasize this nothing can go wrong when choosing this trip : physically demanding (especially the last day with head wind, waves, etc), good scenery, awesome guides, incredible food.

                            • Why Did You Choose to Travel with REI Adventures?:
                            • Active Adventures, All the Details Planned for Me, Commitment to Sustainability, Destination, Good Value, I Liked the Itinerary, Professionalism, Travel with Like-minded Outdoor Enthusiasts
                            • Why did you choose this trip?:
                            • Backcountry kayaking for 4 days around Yellowstone Natl. Park, are you kidding me? When I heard about this trip my eyes popped out. Yellowstone is beautiful, and the experience of being alone in it while doing kayak sound good.
                            • What was the highlight of your trip?:
                            • Everything was just perfect. I should say our guides Brent and Max made this trip just awesome. Wonderful food. Physically demanding, especially the last day.
                            • What would be your advice to potential travelers?:
                            • Enjoy and be sure your expectations will be more than met.

                            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                             
                            5.0

                            Amazing/Spectacular

                            By KC Menotaur

                            from Kansas City

                            About Me Avid Adventurer, Nature lover, Physically fit 40-someth

                            Pros

                            • Activity Level
                            • BrentTyc and Ryan-Guides
                            • Exceeded Expectations
                            • Food
                            • Group Camaraderie
                            • Guides
                            • Once in a Lifetime Experience
                            • Quality Equipment Provided
                            • Serenity
                            • Tranquility
                            • Well Organized Itinerary

                            Cons

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                                Comments about REI Adventures Yellowstone Lakes Kayaking:

                                Brent Tyc and Ryan our guides were extremely professional. We ate well. They looked after our welfare throughout the trip. The last day the head wind was tough. The two adult women who were kayaking themselves did an amazing job navigating the rough water and head winds. Our 71 y.o. adult male was the oldest person to have kayaked the trip. He was amazing with his endurance. We had great, remote campsites. I could not have completed the last day without the encouragement of our guides. 14 miles into 20-30 mph head winds with 2-3 ft waves is challenging.

                                • Why Did You Choose to Travel with REI Adventures?:
                                • Active Adventures, All the Details Planned for Me, Commitment to Sustainability, Destination, Good Value, I Liked the Itinerary, Tranquility of Backcountr, Travel with Like-minded Outdoor Enthusiasts, Unique opportunity
                                • Why did you choose this trip?:
                                • Tranquility of Yellowstone Backcountry, fitness challenge
                                • What was the highlight of your trip?:
                                • Backcountry of Yellowstone, Guides were excellent, Brent Tyc and Ryan looked after us very professionally, rough water, high wave and head wind last day for 14 miles-Brent and Ryan were very thoughtful and encouraging
                                • What would be your advice to potential travelers?:
                                • Get in shape prior to the trip, relax and enjoy the tranquility of our nation's first National Park, take a few days before and after to enjoy the Grand Tetons and Yellowstone

                                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                                 
                                5.0

                                Amazing!

                                By Aletsrings

                                from Macon, GA

                                About Me Casual Adventurer

                                Site Member

                                Pros

                                • Exceeded Expectations
                                • Food
                                • Guides
                                • Quality Equipment Provided
                                • Well Organized Itinerary

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                    Comments about REI Adventures Yellowstone Lakes Kayaking:

                                    The trip was incredible. There are mosquitos when you are out of the water. Bring bug spray and you'll be fine!

                                    • Why Did You Choose to Travel with REI Adventures?:
                                    • All the Details Planned for Me, Good Value, I Liked the Itinerary, Recommended by a Friend
                                    • Why did you choose this trip?:
                                    • A college roommate invited me and the price was right.
                                    • What was the highlight of your trip?:
                                    • The scenery and guides.
                                    • What would be your advice to potential travelers?:
                                    • Bring two pairs of long underwear if you go in June :)

                                    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                                     
                                    5.0

                                    "Quiet and peaceful trip, crowd-free"

                                    By nwgecko

                                    from Portland, Oregon

                                    About Me Casual Adventurer, First-Time Adventurer, Solo Adventurer

                                    Site Member

                                    Pros

                                    • Activity Level
                                    • Exceeded Expectations
                                    • Experienced guides
                                    • Food
                                    • Group Camaraderie
                                    • Guides
                                    • Quality Equipment Provided
                                    • Well Organized Itinerary

                                    Cons

                                    • Mosquitos

                                    Best Uses

                                      Comments about REI Adventures Yellowstone Lakes Kayaking:

                                      The security of knowing the guides were very experienced and safety-oriented. Guides were very personal and always concerned about making sure everyone had a great time. Excellant gourmet meals. Mosquitos were'nt too bad in June.

                                      • Why Did You Choose to Travel with REI Adventures?:
                                      • Active Adventures, All the Details Planned for Me, Destination, Good Value, I Liked the Itinerary, Travel with Like-minded Outdoor Enthusiasts
                                      • Why did you choose this trip?:
                                      • Love to flat-water kayak, I travel solo and wanted to be around like-minded outdoor enthusist.
                                      • What was the highlight of your trip?:
                                      • Wildlife, free of crowds and tourists.
                                      • What would be your advice to potential travelers?:
                                      • Plan at least two days, before or after,to explore Jackson Hole and the Grand Tetons nearby.

                                      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                                       
                                      5.0

                                      Excellent backcountry lake excursion

                                      By JDFuego

                                      from New York, NY

                                      About Me Avid Adventurer

                                      Site Member

                                      Pros

                                      • Food
                                      • Guides
                                      • Scenery

                                      Cons

                                      • Mosquitoes

                                      Best Uses

                                        Comments about REI Adventures Yellowstone Lakes Kayaking:

                                        As above, great paddling and great way to explore the lakes.

                                        • Why Did You Choose to Travel with REI Adventures?:
                                        • Good Value, I Liked the Itinerary
                                        • Why did you choose this trip?:
                                        • We love kayaking and wanted an opportunity to be on back country lakes while in Yellowstone.
                                        • What was the highlight of your trip?:
                                        • Paddling the pristine emerald green waters of Shoshone and Lewis, swimming in their cool waters, exploring what was essentially our own private geyser basin, great food, and our excellent and incredibly personable guide Brent
                                        • What would be your advice to potential travelers?:
                                        • Mosquitoes can be QUITE ferocious on land - bring what you can to keep yourself covered up. Once you're out on the water you'll forget they exist though.

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