The Classic Adventure on 10 to 12 passengers rafts! 8-Mile Whitewater
Guests cannot go wrong with Mad River’s classic boats; this trip is wildly mild all at the same time. There are non-paddling and paddling positions in this raft. Most people choose this option because they are first-time rafters or are traveling with small children. This trip features our standard size raft.
This raft is an AIRE inflatable, self-bailing, 18’3” raft. It seats 16 people but we average 10 to 12 guests per boat. There are non-paddling and paddling positions in this raft. Mad River’s experienced guides will share the history of the area as well as information about the incredible local flora and fauna.
The Snake River Canyon is rich in geological history and your guide will point out some of the features that make this canyon unique. You may see river otters, osprey and bald eagles on your trip. A lucky few might even catch a glimpse of a mountain goat, a mule deer, an elk or even a grizzly or black bear.
People come from all over the world to experience our newly designated “Wild and Scenic” river. The Snake River in Jackson Hole has been classified as a class I-III river, meaning that you can enjoy anything from a flat water scenic float in the north to exciting whitewater rapids in the Snake River Canyon to the south.
All whitewater trips launch from West Table Boat Ramp in the Snake River Canyon and wind their way south toward Alpine, WY, exiting the river at Sheep Gulch Boat Ramp. Guests travel 8 river miles from start.to finish. There are about 8 sets of rapids, ranging from class I to III.
Rapids include Station Creek, Double Draw, Blind Canyon, Big Kahuna, Lunchcounter, Ropes, Champagne, and Cottonwoods.
Best suited for:
Classic boats are best suited for families with kiddos 6 to 9 years old, solo travelers, active seniors, first-timers, multi-generational travelers or large groups.
|Day Trip Dates||Available from May 25th to September 14th||Monday to Sunday|
|Departure Times||8:30 am – 11:30 am
9:30 am – 12:30 pm
10:30 am – 1:30 pm
11:30 am – 2:30 pm
12:30 pm – 3:30 pm
1:30 pm – 4:30 pm
2:30 pm – 5:30 pm
|Launch times are subject to availability and may vary seasonally or may be altered due to extreme water conditions|
|Included||Professional river guide
Transportation to and from the river (all departures leave from the Mad River Wedge)
[icon_tickstate=”on”]Personal flotation device (PFD)
Helmets (when required in high water conditions)
|Not Included||Gratuity is not included on regularly scheduled departures; standard gratuity is recommended at 20% of the rack rate|
Price for adults is $85 p.p. and for children age 6 and older $65 p.p.
Check-in and transportation
This trip requires check-in 30 minutes prior to departure time. The check-in location is at Mad River located at 1255 S HWY 89, just 2 miles south of the town square, between Whole Grocer and Smith’s Grocery.
Transportation from the Mad River Wedge to the river and back is provided on every Mad River trip.
What to wear/bring
- Synthetic layers + bathing suit
- Shoes that can get wet that will not come off your feet – no flip flops!
- A sweatshirt/towel for the bus ride home
- Snacks/water bottle for the bus ride to and from the river
- Hats and sunglasses are recommended
- Don’t forget sunscreen!
About Mad River Boat Trips
Professional. Passionate. Skilled. And sometimes… a little bit wild.
At Mad River, their job is to mitigate risk while showing their guests a great time on the Snake River. Their entire staff is committed to showing you a great time on the river; rest assured, they have just as much fun as you do!
All their guides undergo rigorous training before handling their own boat on the river. This includes a week-long, intensive guide school, out of which they hand-pick only the best guides, a minimum of twenty shadows with an experienced guide and a two-day river rescue course that earns each guide an internationally recognized certification in River Rescue.
Their guides also hold the required CPR and First Aid certifications. In fact, every one of their guides exceeds the requirements set forth by the US Forest Service. Rest assured, your safety is their number one priority.
Bus drivers, shuttle drivers and office staff are professional, pleasant and fun to work with. In fact, this is what makes Mad River such a great place. In the course of the day, guests will meet the office staff, bus driver, shuttle driver and river guide. Each person brings their own unique perspective to the experience, but as a whole, they all work together to make sure you have a great day.
The same high standards that they hold for the guide staff are echoed in every aspect of the company, ensuring that you will not only enjoy your time, but you’ll be planning your next trip back before you hit the boat ramp!
Why TOV loves Mad River Boat Trips
Mad River Boat Trips recycling in Jackson Hole The “green” company with the yellow boats…
Mad River is a “Business Leader” for Reduce Reuse Recycle in Jackson. They do their best to recycle everything that we can and we are always looking for new ways to green our business. Mad Rives uses recycled products whenever possible. Their brochures are printed on recycled paper with soy-based ink. They sell shirts made from bamboo and organic cotton and use real silverware and plates for our meals.
They compost: All their disposable cups and napkins are compostable. They use both sides of every sheet of paper. They opt for email invoices and online catalogs to reduce paper usage. They perform yearly maintenance on our vehicles so they will run efficiently and with the least amount of emissions possible.
“The RRR Business Leaders Program is thrilled to support and bring public awareness to businesses making an effort to reduce, reuse, and recycle. It’s an ongoing project that is intended to provide resources for local businesses to become more environmentally friendly while contributing to their economic success.” – RRR in Jackson Hole
The Mad River Boathouse-Running on 100% Windpower Since 2008, Mad River has been running on 100% wind power, supplied by Lower Valley Energy. “Choosing renewable power reduces the impact on our water sources, the air we breathe, wildlife, and the land around us. Also, the more customers participating in Green Power will help ensure that our communities will benefit from renewable energy sources long into the future.” – Lower Valley Energy
Using Reusable Water Bottles-Mad River fills it up… As part of the area’s One Less Bottle Campaign, Mad River issued each employee a reusable bottle to do their part in reducing the number of bottles going into landfills. Staff has taken the initiative seriously; if you’re caught using a disposable cup in the Mad River Boathouse you will receive a $5 fine for each cup you use.
“Every day in Jackson we generate nearly 5,000 single-use plastic bottles into our waste stream. Each time a person fills a reusable bottle, its one less bottle that goes to waste.” – Teton County Integrated Solid Waste and Recycling
Green Cleaning Products-Mad River clean with green… Mad River chooses green cleaning products from The Clean Environment Co. because of their limited effect on the environment. “The Clean Environment Co has been selected to provide cleaning products for Yellowstone Park, Grand Teton National Park and over 50 other National Parks.”
Mad River and Forever Earth-Taking initiative on green business practices… Mad River participates in the Forever Earth Program. “Environmental compliance is a fundamental commitment across every property of Forever Resorts. They have established Forever Earth processes to ensure all of their properties are fully compliant with regulatory obligations and local community agreements.
Forever Resorts believes that as an environmental leader they must go far beyond regulatory obligations and seek out new technologies and methodologies to lessen their burden with the environment. By establishing strong initiatives in both of these areas Forever Resorts will continue to expand and strengthen these programs in every way possible.
“Forever Resorts estimates it conservatively touches more than 20 million people every year through their domestic resort operations. As a leader in the hospitality industry, this offers a unique opportunity to extend their environmental ethic to others so visitors may learn from their experiences and return home with a new knowledge of environmental responsibility.” – Forever Earth
Cleaning up the Snake River Mad River takes out the trash… Every spring, the Mad River staff participates in the Snake River Clean Up. Guides maneuver rafts over Big Kahuna and Lunchcounter rapids in search of trash and debris (the river is no place for a car transmission).
Mad River is proud to help organize such an event and with the majority of Jackson’s Rafting and Fishing outfitters participating in the day-long river clean up, community commitment for a clean river environment is clear. Mad River takes pride in the unique resource we have here and we make every effort to keep it pristine.
This is a multi-day trip with fixed departure dates. Some trips have different itineraries or lengths, so please check that you've chosen exactly what you want, and the correct trip start date. If you have any questions at all, please use the chat feature and we'll answer as quickly as possible.