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Attractions Details

📌 Address

84 E Broadway Ave, Jackson, WY 83001, USA

Opening Hours

5:00 PM - 9:00 PM

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"Even though most visitors flock to Snake River for white-water rafting, a local knows the best-kept secret is the serene paddleboarding experience in the calm sections of the river—try it early in the morning when the water is like glass and wildlife sightings are most likely. For an exceptional view of the river that many overlook, hike up to Sheep Mountain, also known as Sleeping Indian, and enjoy a picnic with a panoramic backdrop."

What is Snake River?

Snake River majestically winds its way through the heart of Jackson Hole, Wyoming, offering a quintessential backdrop to an area renowned for its stunning natural beauty. As a guide who's trodden its banks countless times, I can tell you that this river is far more than just a body of water—it's a lifeline for wildlife, a canvas for nature's artistry, and a playground for adventure seekers. Snake River is known for its world-class fishing, especially for cutthroat trout, and its exhilarating white-water rapids that attract rafters and kayakers from all over the world.

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History of Snake River

The history of Snake River is as winding and diverse as the river itself. Named by early fur trappers, who mistook the motion of swimming beavers' tails for that of snakes, the river has been a cornerstone of the region's ecology and human settlement. Historically, Native American tribes such as the Shoshone and Bannock frequented its banks for sustenance and transportation. Fast forward to the settlement era, the river became integral to agriculture and later, tourism, shaping the economic and cultural fabric of Jackson Hole.

Throughout my years here, I've gathered stories of how settlers and Native Americans revered and depended upon this river. It's played a prominent role in shaping the very character of the West, serving as the subject of countless tales of adventure, survival, and the push for progress. The grandeur of the Snake has been preserved, in part, thanks to the conservation efforts that began in the early 20th century, ensuring it remains a living testament to the history of the region.

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Why is Snake River Important?

Snake River possesses an ecological significance that extends well beyond its waters. It is one of the major tributaries of the Columbia River and plays a key role in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem. This river supports an abundance of wildlife—trout, birds of prey, and mammal species—all of which depend on its intricate ecosystem for survival. However, its importance isn't solely ecological. It's a cultural icon as well, featured in photography, paintings, and folklore that narrate the West's rugged ethos.

Its contribution to the local economy is remarkable as well. Year-round, you'll find its shores dotted with fishers, rafters, and nature enthusiasts. The river also nurtures the land, as its waters are crucial for agriculture in the region. Indeed, if one were to ponder its significance, they would quickly understand that Snake River is not just a river in Jackson Hole, it's the very pulse of this valley.

Things to Do & See at Snake River

If you're looking for a mix of serenity and adventure, Snake River is the place to be. Take a leisurely float trip down the river to relish the panoramic Teton views—all while keeping an eye out for bald eagles, ospreys, and maybe even a moose or two. For those craving thrills, white-water rafting through the Snake River Canyon provides an adrenaline rush against a backdrop of dramatic cliffs and rolling rapids.

Fishing here is an angler's dream. The river's clear waters are home to native cutthroat trout, and nothing quite compares to the excitement of fly fishing surrounded by the Tetons' grandeur. There are also numerous trails along the river for hiking, biking, and nature photography, where the flora and fauna present a new discovery around every bend. Lastly, during the winter months, cross-country skiing and snowshoeing along the river's edge offer a tranquil escape into a snowy wonderland.

But my favorite activity? I'd recommend just finding a quiet spot along the banks, where you can sit and lose yourself in the river's eternal song. It's moments like these that make Snake River truly unforgettable.

Frequently asked questions

What activities can you do at Snake River in Jackson Hole?

Snake River in Jackson Hole offers a variety of activities including whitewater rafting, fly fishing, scenic float trips, kayaking, and wildlife viewing.

Is Snake River in Jackson Hole suitable for beginner rafters?

Yes, Snake River in Jackson Hole has sections that are perfect for beginners, offering scenic floats with mild rapids. There are also guided tours available for those new to rafting.

Are there guided tours available on Snake River in Jackson Hole?

Yes, there are multiple outfitters that offer guided tours on Snake River, ranging from whitewater adventures to peaceful scenic floats.

What is the best time of year to visit Snake River in Jackson Hole?

The best time to visit Snake River for rafting and fishing is during the late spring to early fall months, when water levels are optimal and the weather is pleasant.

Can you go fishing on Snake River in Jackson Hole, and do you need a license?

Yes, Snake River is a popular destination for fly fishing. Anglers will need a Wyoming fishing license, and it's recommended to check any specific regulations or catch-and-release areas.

Attractions Details

📌 Address

84 E Broadway Ave, Jackson, WY 83001, USA

Opening Hours

5:00 PM - 9:00 PM

💸 Entrance Fee

Varies

Find it on google maps