Yellowstone Kayaking
4 days
From $ 899
Duration4 days

Spend four days paddling the lakes of America’s first national park. Yellowstone National Park is a classic; home to abundant wildlife, otherworldly geothermal features and vast expanses of impressive landscapes. Seeing such an iconic area on a kayak takes the adventure into a new and exciting perspective. Led by our local guides, we spend our days paddling high-altitude lakes, keeping an eye out for wildlife as we pass. Explore beautiful shorelines and take in the spectacular views of the Yellowstone backcountry. Take a break from kayaking to enjoy the wild beauty around us and share a picnic lunch far from the park crowds. We reconvene in the evening over a delicious meal and good conversation, before tucking comfortably into our sleeping bags under the starry night sky. Whether exploring deep into the solitude of Flat Mountain Arm or leaving the kayaks behind for a hike to the Shoshone Geyser Basin, the journey is guaranteed to inspire. We finish each day with a deeper appreciation of all that the remote corners of Yellowstone can offer us.

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  • Duration: 4 days
    Service level: Standard
  • Physical Grading: Average
  • Ages: 18+
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Day 1: Meet your guides for an orientation in Jackson Hole, Wyoming.
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.
Day 2: Paddle to camp, with gorgeous scenery along the way.
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.
Meals: D
Day 3: Explore by kayak today, looking for wildlife and other sights.
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).
Meals: B, L, D
Day 4: Make our return paddle and bid farewell to Yellowstone.
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.
Meals: B, L



  • Paddling gear including dry bags, paddles, spray skirt, PFD, paddling jacket, paddling pants and/or wetsuit as conditions warrant
  •  single and tandem kayaks
  • group camping gear including tents
  • professional instruction and guiding
  • meals as noted in the daily itinerary and snacks
  • one group transfer from Jackson Hole to Yellowstone National Park on Day 2 and return to Jackson Hole on Day 4
  • park entrance fees
  • Accommodation

    Camping, 2 nights (night 1 accommodations not included)

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