During the early and late seasons, we like to pause and enjoy the beauty of the Snake River Canyon. This trip is the classic Snake River trip with a stop for lunch at Mad River's riverside camp half-way through your trip. There's no better way to relax than to slow it all down on a river trip. Bring a book, play some games with the kids and enjoy a few hours on the river.
New this season: Mad River has hired a professional chef to cook meals for our guests on the river. Something between a back yard BBQ and a high end riverside buffet. Our Executive Chef Ty Hess prepares a fresh, from scratch and ever changing menu at our riverside dinner site. Chef Ty has over 17 years of professional culinary experience in world class restaurants and is stoked to be on the river cooking outdoors. The cuisine hails from the Low Country of Charleston, S.C., where Ty studied his craft. Our Chef brings a bit of the South to the Mountain West and the Snake River using fresh local ingredients.
Sample menu items include but are not limited to: Curry Crusted Utah Steelhead Trout, Grilled Bavette Steak with Horseradish Cream, Cornmeal Crusted Catfish w/ Spicy Red Pepper Remoulade, BBQ Brined Boneless Chicken Thigh, Red Pepper and Cheddar Buttermilk Biscuits, Currant and Farro "Ragout", Honey Glazed Heirloom Carrots, Balsamic Grilled Asparagus, Chefs Southern New Potato Salad, Blanched Green Beans w/ Slow Caramelized Cipollini Onions & Toasted Marcona Almonds, Bay Leaf & Chili Braised Idaho Corn On The Cob w/ Herb Butter, and Mixed Berry Cobbler.
**During highwater conditions, our age minimums may change! Highwater can happen in May, June and even sometimes extend into July.**
Call our office to double check your child's eligibility to raft...
CHECK-IN & TRANSPORTATION: This trip requires check-in 30 minutes prior to launch time. The check-in location is at the Mad River office located at 1255 S HWY 89, just 2 miles south of town. Transportation from the Mad River boat house to the river and back is provided on every Mad River trip. Complimentary pick up is available at most Jackson and Teton Village locations.
RAFT TRIP DETAILS:
People come from all over the world to experience our newly designated "Wild and Scenic" river. Join us on the 8-Mile Whitewater in the Snake River Canyon and you'll see why the Snake River is such an unforgettable place. We welcome everyone from first timers to return rafters on this trip. So whether you're a newcomer, it's been 30 years, or you're a seasoned river rat, come early and experience the Snake River Canyon.
This trip launches from West Table Boat Ramp in the Snake River Canyon and winds its way south toward Alpine, WY. You'll travel 8 river miles from start to finish.
There are about 8 sets of rapids, ranging from class I and II to class III. Various river features encountered along the way include Lunchcounter and Big Kahuna rapids, Million Dollar Fishing Hole, Gauging Straights and Bailing Straights. You'll pause just after the gauging straights for lunch at Mad River's exclusive riverside camp at Blind Canyon, overlooking the two largest rapids in the canyon.
At the end of your meal, you will hit the water once again to finish out your whitewater experience with the biggest rapids in the canyon up first. Your guides will inform you on the history of the area as well as the local flora and fauna.
The Snake River Canyon is rich in geological history and your guide will point out some of the features that make this canyon unique. You might see river otters, osprey and bald eagles on your trip. The lucky few might even catch a glimpse of a mountain goat, a mule deer, an elk or even a grizzly or black bear.
BOAT TYPE: This trip features our small raft. This raft is an AIRE inflatable, self-bailing, 15'6" raft. This is an 8 man raft. There are 6 paddling positions and 2 non-paddling in this raft.
Recommended for river rats age six and older...
CANCELLATIONS OR CHANGES:There is a 48-hour cancellation policy on this trip. For groups of 10 or more, there is a 72-hour cancellation policy.
Mad River Boat Trips is located in the beautiful Jackson Hole Valley in northwestern Wyoming, just south of Yellowstone National Park and Grand Teton National Park.
The Snake River begins its journey in the rugged backcountry of Yellowstone National Park and gathers water as it heads south toward Jackson Hole through Grand Teton National Park. The river exits the south end of Jackson Hole through the winding Snake River Canyon, lined with trees and steep granite walls, small alpine meadows and abundant wildlife. It’s on this section of the Snake that you’ll experience some of the wildest whitewater in the Rocky Mountains.