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Snake River

Rising in the mountains along the continental divide in southeast Yellowstone, the Snake River merges with the Lewis River at the South Entrance before flowing through Grand Teton National Park, west of Jackson Wyoming, and a total of 1,078 miles before joining the Columbia River in southeast Washington.

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What can I do and see along the Snake River?

It would take much more than just this page to describe all there is to do and see the entire Snake River. For the purpose of this website, we'll focus on the sections of the Snake River that are easily accessible from Yellowstone.

  • Jackson Lake: The Snake River fills and drains Jackson Lake. This enormous lake offers boating, fishing, and camping. Stay on the lake's edge at Signal Mountain, Colter Bay, or at Jackson Lake Lodge.
  • Oxbow Bend: Just after the Snake flows out of the lake it enters a calm meandering stretch that is prime for wildlife viewing. Visitors love canoeing or kayaking this smooth section as well.
  • Snake River Overlook: A little further down the road in Grand Teton Park, stop at the Snake River Overlook. It's one of the most photographed points in the park.
  • Menor's Ferry: Historically the Menor's Ferry provided access from one side of the river to the other. While a series of bridges now cross the river, the park service offers rides on the Menor's Ferry and a brief history lesson. Inquire at the Craig Thomas Visitor Center in Moose Wyoming.
  • Snake River Canyon: South of Jackson Hole, the Snake River enters a deep canyon. The water picks up speed and offers a great stretch of whitewater for summer rafting trips.
  • Fishing: Fishing is fantastic along almost any part of the river. You can float and fish or bring a pair of waders and fish from the shore. A popular section for fishing runs through Swan Valley along the South Fork of the Snake.
  • Rafting: Scenic float trips are available within and just below Grand Teton National Park, while whitewater rafting is great within the Snake River Canyon.

Where is the Snake River?

The Snake River rises in southeast Yellowstone National Park and flows through the South Entrance and into Grand Teton National Park. It continues south of Jackson Wyoming through the Snake River Canyon into the Palisades Reservoir. It flows north again through Swan Valley and then heads west on and on until it reaches the Columbia River in Washington.

When is the Snake River accessible?

The outer park road in Grand Teton National Park is open year-round and provides access to and great views of the Snake River any time of year.

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