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Jackson Hole Water Sports Update

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Weather Summary

The whole country is in a heat wave. Mountain communities throughout the west are approaching record temperatures, and Jackson is no exception. Despite the warm weather, prolonged exposure to cold waters on the Snake River are leaving boaters wanting a bit of insulation to stay warm. Current water temperatures on the Snake River are between 52 and 55 degrees. String Lake in Grand Teton National Park is one of the more shallow lakes in the region and has recently warmed to a comfortable swimming temperature, but otherwise, be prepared for a cold swim if you plan to venture on the water.

Snow melt from high elevation has receded to the point where officials are conserving water in area reservoirs, and flows from Jackson Lake Dam have dropped to roughly 2,000 cfs. Marinas on Jackson Lake are very busy during the Independence Day vacation period, and boaters are advised to arrive early and to be patient with the staff attending to water craft.

Snake River near Moran Junction

5 Day CFS Summary for the Snake River near Alpine WY


Rendezvous River Sports Photo of the Week

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Friends relax on the boat ramp before a float through the Snake River Canyon whitewater. Photographer: Kevin Wittig


Spotlight: Stand Up Paddle Boarding in Jackson Hole

Information summarized by Rendezvous River Sports, the leading water sports outfitter in Jackson Wyoming. Rendezvous River Sports offers a full section paddling gear as well as lessons and guided float trips in the Greater Teton and Yellowstone Region.

The sport of Stand Up Paddle Boarding is taking the region by storm. Growing at an exponential rate, SUP’s are a fun and relaxing way to explore Teton area lakes. There are many types of boards, including wide touring boards, blow-up model that area easy to transport, and smaller boards that offer maneuverability.

“SUP’s are flying off the shelves” commented Aaron Pruzan at Rendezvous River Sports. “We can barely keep our rental fleet in stock.” Rendezvous offers both rental and introductory lessons to the sport. Their team recommends beginners explore String Lake in Grand Teton National Park. The shallow lake is warmer than others this time of year, and is protected from strong winds due to its size and proximity to the mountains.

Other popular lakes for SUP’s include Slide Lake in the Gros Ventre Wilderness and Jackson Lake in the National Park. If considering Jackson Lake, head to Spalding Bay. This part of the lake is sheltered from large waves, and is less frequented by power boats that may disturb the water.

Thrill seekers looking for a challenge can try their luck on the Snake River. Novices can explore the South Park to Astoria stretch which features flat water as well as small rapids. Once you’ve conquered this stretch, step it up on the whitewater, although this is a very advanced ride and boaders should be aware of hazards. Speak with the team at Rendezvous before attempting the Snake River Canyon on your own.

Rendezvous River Sports offers a wide selection of SUP's

Paddle boards are a great way to explore Teton area lakes

String Lake is an excellent place for SUP's. It offers flat water for touring and beautiful views for relaxing.


Shop Talk at Rendezvous River Sports

quote openOn my days off, I’ve been cruising to Idaho. The Teton River is my summertime happy place. – Squote closeam Lowenthal

In this video captured two weeks ago, Sam Lowenthal of Rendezvous River Sports takes us on a ride through the Teton Canyon Whitewater in Driggs Idaho. This stretch of water is very dangerous and should only be attempted by expert kayakers. For more details about this stretch of water, talk to the team at Rendezvous River Sports.


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