Grand Tetons with overcast, stormy sky

What To Do If It Rains on a Float Trip

A lot of people assume that if it rains on the day of their scenic float trip, they have to cancel their plans and find something else to do. Is it true? Is your day ruined if there’s an unexpected shower at the same time your float trip is scheduled to start? Here’s what to do if it rains on a float trip.

Can you still go on a float trip if it’s raining?

Absolutely—or, at least most of the time. We’d never want to put our guests’ safety in jeopardy, so there are certainly some circumstances in which we’d have to call off your float trip. Severe storms and extreme weather usually mean we’ll either cancel your float trip, move it to later in the day (if possible), or reschedule it for another day. Rest assured, if you’re not able to reschedule, you’ll receive a full refund. 

If it’s just raining without dangerous winds, thunder, or lightning, we’ll still go out on the river. It’s perfectly safe to go on a scenic float trip when there’s just a light shower. Here in Jackson, rain showers are common and they’re usually fleeting, starting and stopping quickly. Some of our guides will tell you that the best Grand Teton scenic float trips in the summertime are on days that are overcast, with just enough rain to keep everyone cool!

How will I know my float trip is canceled due to rain?

If it’s the day of your trip and you’re not certain about the weather, give us a call about an hour before your trip and we’ll let you know what we think. Only when there is a safety risk due to the weather or if we think the rain will make the trip unpleasant will we cancel a float trip.

We’ll make a final decision whether a float trip will proceed at the meeting location for your scheduled rafting trip; if there’s a severe storm on the horizon, we’ll likely be able to tell you if we’re canceling when you call, but if it’s only raining a bit, we might not be able to make a decision until your meeting time. Usually, we just delay the float trip for five to 10 minutes and wait for the rain to pass.

What happens if it rains during a float trip?

We’re prepared for rain showers, so you don’t have to worry about what to do if it rains on a float trip! We provide each of our guests with a waterproof rain poncho to keep you dry in case of mountain showers. Remember, rainfall in the Tetons tends to be light and lasts for only 10 to 15 minutes. The average rainfall during our entire season is only 4.19 inches!

Learn More About Grand Teton Scenic Float Trips

We can’t wait for you to experience our Snake River scenic float trips! If you have any additional questions about what to expect or trip scheduling, our team is always happy to help. Contact us at 307-733-2871 to learn more or book your float trip on our website today.