River Etiquette


The quality of float trips depends largely on the wildness of the river. The very presence of other boaters threatens this quality. Help preserve the tranquility of the river scene. Reduce congestion at landings by preparing craft away from launch slips. Launch when other boats are out of sight, and maintain this interval throughout the trip. Excessive noise disrupts the solitude others seek. Silence is especially important when passing wildlife. When encountering other boaters and anglers, respect their rights by steering clear of their boats and lines.

Rangers regularly patrol the river during the summer. Patrol boats carry first aid gear and two-way radios. If you have any questions or need assistance, contact the River Patrol Rangers. Information and assistance are available year-round at the Moose Visitor Center and in summer (May through September) at the Buffalo Fork Ranger Station in Moran, the Rockefeller Parkway Ranger Station at Flagg Ranch and the Colter Bay Visitor Center.

Equipment should include an extra paddle or oar, a waterproof container with extra clothes, a first aid kit and a waste receptacle. Attach all gear securely. Inflatable boats should have an air pump, bucket for bailing and patch kit.

Do not drink the water unless you boil or treat it first. Swimming in the river is not recommended.

For information on Snake River flows, call 1-800-658-5771; Website: http://www.thetent.com/arcadia/wy/wysf_index.htm Scroll down to find Snake River information.
For information on floating the Snake outside the park contact: Jackson Hole Chamber of Commerce, Box E, Jackson, WY 83001, phone 307-733- 3316; or Bridger-Teton National Forest, Box 1888, Jackson, WY 83001 307- 739-5500 or 739-5417.

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