REI Adventures operates two standard paddling routes for this trip: Yellowstone Lake and Lewis & Shoshone Lakes. The specific route your kayaking adventure will follow varies depending on expected weather conditions, water levels, permitting, and several other factors. REI Adventures will send a final itinerary outlining specific routes approximately two weeks before your departure.
Meet the trip guides and your fellow travelers at Rendezvous River Sports in Jackson Hole, Wyoming at 6:30pm. Light refreshments and appetizers are served. Following introductions we go over details for the upcoming trip including the trip?s packing list, kayaks (benefits of tandem versus single), personal flotation devices, paddling jackets, etc. Trip members will be provided with three dry bags for packing personal gear. No meals included. Accommodations in Jackson are not included.
Eat breakfast (own expense) prior to meeting your guide and fellow travelers at 7am at Rendezvous River Sports. We load up in the van and drive through Grand Teton National Park into Yellowstone National Park. Arriving at our put-in point, we review kayak entry and exit techniques, basic paddling skills, and on-water safety. We then head out for a weekend of adventure, exploring the shorelines and taking in the spectacular views of Yellowstone?s backcountry. Our camp for the night promises to deliver even greater memories as our guides prepare a well-earned meal and share their vast knowledge of the natural history of Yellowstone. Lunch and dinner included.
Kayaking: 8-12 miles (2-6 hours); Some departures include lining boats upstream through ankle to thigh deep water for up to 1.5 miles; Transfer: 2 hours.
Today we paddle on Yellowstone Lake or Lewis and Shoshone Lakes. Whether exploring deep into the solitude of Flat Mountain Arm or leaving our kayaks behind for a hike to the Shoshone Geyser Basin with its myriad of hot pools, steam vents, cauldrons and geysers, we finish the day with a deeper appreciation of Yellowstone?s remote places. Tonight we eat a gourmet backcountry meal by a campfire (if conditions allow). Our guide will provide a naturalist presentation on Greater Yellowstone. All meals included.
Kayaking: 5-12 miles (2-6 hours); Some departures include hiking up to 1 mile (1 hour).
Following breakfast, we break camp and pack into our kayaks. A challenging yet rewarding day of paddling brings us back to our entry point. After loading into the support van we drive to Jackson Hole, stopping at various viewpoints along the way to enjoy the many vistas of Grand Teton National Park. We plan to arrive in Jackson Hole between 4?7pm. Breakfast and lunch included.
Kayaking: 8-10 miles (3-6 hours); Transfers: 3+ hours with stops.