More than 10 years ago Congress acted to add the Snake River Headwaters to the National Wild and Scenic River System. As you might imagine, they had good reason to do so. The Snake River offers some of the most spectacular scenery you’ll find in North America. Read on to learn more about what you can expect from a scenic river float in Grand Teton National Park
Snake River Scenery
Below the Jackson Lake Dam, you’ll begin to see images that may look vaguely familiar. That’s because this section of the river, which includes the view from the Snake River overlook, was made famous by renowned photographer Ansel Adams. In this stretch of river, you’ll also find beaver ponds reflecting the Grand Teton, braided river channels, a multitude of side channels, and the majestic Snake River flowing beneath the Teton Range towering around you.
Stunning Sites You’ll See on a Snake River Float
Some of the most stunning photographs of nature are thanks to Grand Teton National Park. Solitude Float Trips operates100% within the park, so you’ll be treated to views of some of the most jaw dropping views along the Snake River, including:
See the central Teton Range, surrounded by cottonwood and spruce trees reflected beautifully in this small pond that was once a channel for boats to launch. Today it remains one of the most beautiful stretches of scenery in the park.
Menor’s Ferry was the site of a ferry boat landing that played a vital role in allowing homesteaders to cross the Snake River in the mid-1890s. By 1895, it had become the main crossing in Jackson Hole. After a bridge was constructed, and the ferry was no longer needed, it fell into disrepair. Fortunately, in 1929 John D. Rockefeller purchased the property and restored it. He donated Menor’s Ferry to the National Park Service in 1953. It was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1969.
Wildlife You May See on a Snake River Float Trip
Grand Teton National Park is home to thousands of species of animals, birds, and fish. On any given day you may see elk, mule deer, moose, bison, river otters, beavers, mountain goats, coyotes, black bears, grizzly bears, and beavers.
Turning to the sky you may catch a glimpse of a Bald Eagle, Great Gray Owl, Peregrine Falcon, Osprey, and hummingbirds. Beside and beneath you in the river itself you may catch a glimpse of Trumpeter Swans, Snake River fine spotted cutthroat trout, brown trout, rainbow trout, mountain whitefish, Utah sucker, mottled sculpin, and more.
Grand Teton National Park Snake River Float Trips
As you take in the stunning scenery surrounding you, from the Snake River you’ll learn all about the history and geology of Jackson Hole. Our friendly, knowledgeable, and experienced guides will not only help you spot wildlife, but they’ll share the rich history of the region, as you relax and enjoy the gentle float.
The untouched natural landscape you’ll get to experience features both forested and open environments. Meandering at a slow pace, you won’t miss any of the scenery, nor will you need to worry about navigating whitewaters. The slow, steady pace of Solitude Float Trips allows you to soak in spectacular views and breathtaking vistas that have made Grand Teton National Park a national treasure. Contact us today or book a float trip online.