One Day, One Night:
June through mid September
$273 adult / $222 youth
Two Days, Two Nights
Sundays and Fridays mid
June through mid September
$435 adult / $350 youth
Why Jackson Lake Sea Kayaking?
Whether you spend two weeks or two months in Jackson Hole it
almost certainly won't be long enough. This is a land of breath-taking
natural beauty that you truly have to experience to believe. With
O.A.R.S., you'll enjoy an in-depth exploration of Grand Teton National
Park's breathtaking backcountry.
• The sea kayak is a low-impact, non-technical and
self-propelled craft devised by the ancient Inuit peoples of the Arctic
Ocean. It has evolved into a stable, efficient and extremely sea-worthy
vehicle, and one that affords an accessible and totally unobtrusive
experience of Jackson Lake.
O.A.R.S. Jackson Lake Sea Kayak adventure is suited for guests of all
ages and abilities. The sea kayak is a welcome reprieve for the weary
feet and backs of hikers and opens up a new paddling realm for canoeists.
Paddle strokes are relatively simple and easy to learn and all of our
trips offer expert instruction from our professional guides.
• Children as young as 4 may accompany the trip. At the
discretion of the guide, children under 10 may be allowed to paddle the
2-person kayaks with adult supervision.
HIKING & BACKPACKING
• Though breathtaking through even the window of a moving
car, the Tetons beg to be explored up close. There are trails fit for
every level of hiker—from flat and winding along the valley floor
to steep and exposed near high mountain peaks. There will be ample time
for hiking during your trip, but avid hikers mayl want to spend a few
days exploring on their own. For the adventurous spirit, backcountry
camping permits are available on a first-come first-serve basis; spend a
few nights on your own before or after joining us and you'll see the park
in ways not possible from any highway.
• O.A.R.S. Grand Teton Kayaking trips are ideal for families
who wish to spend some time away from the hustle of everyday life. Our
trips are the perfect forum for sharing favorite pastimes with your
child, providing plenty of time to enjoy one another's company.
• The Tetons are among some of the youngest mountain ranges
in the world, jagged mountains reach heights of over 12,000 feet high.
The Grand Teton itself stands 13,770 feet above sea level, rising nearly
vertically, over a mile from the Jackson Hole valley floor. This range is
a rare example of block-faulted mountains and displays an impressive
array of glacial formations.
• Grand Teton National Park was first photographed in 1872
by William H. Jackson and continues to delight even the most amateur of
photographers. The areas natural features and wildlife leave hardly a
view unworthy of a picture. Bring plenty of film—you'll need
• The aquatic life found in Grand Teton National
Park are plentiful and include Brook,Brown,Cutthroat, Mackinaw and
Rainbow Trout. A Wyoming fishing license is required to cast your line in
the abundant streams, creeks, rivers and lakes. You can purchase a
Wyoming fishing license in Jackson or at the Signal Mountain Lodge store
for approximately $6.00 per day. We recommend that you bring your own
fishing gear. For local fishing information call:
Orvis Jackson Hole
Jack Dennis' Outdoor Shop
• Grand Teton National Park and the adjoining wilderness of
Yellowstone make up the largest intact ecosystem in the continental
United States. This protected area is home to wild animals such as bear,
moose, dear, elk, bison and bighorn sheep.
We pride ourselves in running a relaxed and always flexible
schedule. Every trip is different depending upon the group, other trips
on the water and sometimes the weather. The following is a sample of what
your trip may be like.
- On the first morning of your trip, the group will gather at the
Signal Mountain Lodge Public Boat Ramp, located inside Grand Teton
National Park. Here you will meet your guides and fellow
guests—all sharing in excited expectation of what's to come.
- After your guide presents the group with a thorough demonstration
on kayaking techniques, safety procedures and “leave no
trace” wilderness ethics, we'll be on our way. Your personal gear
will be safely stowed in our motorized snout rig. Depending on water
and weather conditions, we will board sleek one- or tandem (two-person)
touring kayaks en route to our base camp. The motorized craft will act
as a support boat—supplying lunch and a lift if you so desire. As
we move across the lake we'll break periodically to relax, eat and
relax beneath the towering peaks of the Teton Range. It is seven miles
to our exclusive campsite on Grassy Island, a perfect base camp for the
- Spend the afternoon in whatever way you choose: read a novel,
indulge in a painting or pull in a cutthroat trout worthy of tall
tales. A guide is always available to lead short paddles around the
island and to the Moran Canyon area on shore. Here we'll hike up a
rushing creek to spectacular waterfalls and incredible views of the
lake, all in the shadow of majestic Mt. Moran.
- You'll find , we're sure, that paddling can inspire quite an
appetite—and dinnertime comes not a minute too soon. Your tastes
may be less discriminating when eating in a wilderness setting, but
ours are not. The menus we serve will astound in it's diversity,
quality and presentation.
- Our evenings on Grassy Island are as magical as our days. After
dinner we may enjoy a moonlight paddle, or perhaps he warm glow of a
campfire, where we'll gather for conversation stories, and laughter.
Slumber under the stars of the wide Wyoming sky, content in the
knowledge that this is rest well earned.
- We're sure you'll agree that the more time you spend on Jackson
Lake, the more complete your experience will be. If you're on the 2-day
or particularly the 4-day trip, you'll have plenty of time to sample
all the activities that this rich wilderness area has to offer.
Countless tranquil inlets and miles of shoreline beg to be explored;
perhaps we'll encounter a moose drinking from the shallows, an eagle
perched in a nearby aspen, or a family of deer foraging in the woods as
we drift along the shoreline in our kayaks. Remember that the Inuit
developed these boats for the sole purpose of surprising their hunt, in
this sense they can provide you with a truly unique wildlife viewing
opportunities. There are plenty of hiking trails to explore, and the
beautiful lake constantly beckons us to swim or fish in its sapphire
- Each morning begins with a delicious early breakfast before we set
off on the day's adventures. On the final day of our trip, after
another hearty morning meal, we'll load up early for our return trip to
Signal Mountain Lodge, returning to our vehicles at approximately 9:30
AM (please note: the 1-day trip actually ends the morning of Day 2, the
2-day trip ends the morning of Day 3, and the 4-day trip ends the
morning of Day 5).
What's Included with Jackson Lake Kayak Trip?
• All meals from lunch on Day 1 through lunch on
the final day
• All transportation from Signal Mountain to Jackson Lake and
return from the Snake River
• The necessary expedition equipment, which includes the
following: tent, sleeping bag and pad, life jacket, dry bags.
• Skilled professional rafting guides
• Quality tents suited for two people
What's Not Included?
• Transportation back and forth from the Grand
Teton National Park
• Pre / Post lodging and meals
• Any required personal items, a complete packing list is
• Sleeping bag, ground cloth, sleep pad
Wyoming's impressive list of tourist destinations makes for a
vacation planner's dream. The sights and attractions are both numerous
and diverse—guaranteed to entertain and fascinate. Here are a few
we recommend you check out in conjunction with your O.A.R.S. trip.
• The town of Jackson comes alive during
the summer months, providing a gamut of outdoor activities in its
surrounding wilderness areas. An impressive assortment of restaurants and
accommodations are available in Jackson, ranging from the luxurious to
the quaint. After-hours entertainment is also plentiful: there are
several playhouses and movie theaters watering holes to suit any
• No trip to northwestern Wyoming would be complete
without spending a few days exploring Yellowstone National
Park ; United States and the world's, first national park,
created in 1872. This remarkable landscape features the mountains of the
continental divide, the largest geyser area in the world, colossal
waterfalls, hot springs, deep canyons and, of course, spectacular
• Devils Tower National Monument, located
in northeastern Wyoming, is a volcanic plug that reaches 865 feet and
became the US's first national monument in 1906. Rising abruptly out of
the surrounding rolling hills, this geologic oddity is otherworldly and
immortalized as so in Steven Spielberg's film Close Encounters of the
• Wind River Canyon, south of Thermopolis
on Highway 20, is an extremely scenic drive between Owl
Creek and Bridger Mountains. The canyon walls rise up to 2000 feet above
the river revealing geologic history in a cross-section of intriguing
• Fort Laramie National Historic Site is
a monument that speaks to the historical importance of Fort Laramie, a
command post and staging area along the Oregon, Mormon and Pony Express
trails. The fort was instrumental in the exploration and settlement of
• Each year during the last full week of July, Wyoming's
Frontier Days celebration is staged in
Cheyenne, the states capitol city. This annual event has
been held since 1897 to commemorate both the culture and history of
Wyoming's storied past. For those that can't make it that week, a museum
of the same name is open year round.
• The town of Cody supplies even further
opportunities to learn of the history of Wyoming. The Buffalo
Bill Historical Center has been called “the Smithsonian of
the Old West. “ It displays a diverse collection of art, artifacts,
crafts and exhibits. Be sure to visit the Whitney Gallery of
Western Art, an impressive collection of paintings, sculptures
and prints from such famous American artists as Albert Bierstadt, George
Catlin and Thomas Moran.
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