This was a great way for us to spend the last full day in Grand Teton National Park. We went on the 11:30 AM Lunch River Float. We met at the Jackson Lake Lodge at 11:15 and were taken by a shuttle bus to the put-in point. Our driver (sorry, his name eludes me) was great, giving us interesting information as we drove. Once we got there, we were treated to a fantastic lunch of grilled burgers and hot dogs with all the fixings, plus potato salad, cut up fruit, coleslaw, water, coffee, lemonade and brownies/cookies to die for! Restrooms were available! We sat on picnic tables alond side the river with the Tetons in the background (see attached pics). The food service crew were enthusiastic and very pleasant! GTLC is run by Vail Resorts, who do things first class!
Once lunch was done, we boarded our raft, which are a version of the old military pontoon boats. Perfectly comfortable. Our primary guide was Jenny, who was assisted by the rudder man Braden. Both were extremely pleasant. Jenny was very informative, pointing out the history of the region, and the highlights along the way. We had 3 bald eagles sightings.
This is a float, so there are no rapids! Know that going in! It took about 2 hours to go the 10 miles from the put-in point to Moose, where the trip, unfortunately, ended. Our same driver picked us all up, and when the restrooms there at the take-out point were closed for cleaning, he drove us all over the Craig-Thomas Visitor Center so those that needed to, could make a pit stop. On the way back, we saw a moose as we crossed the bridge. While he could not stop (due to traffic), our driver did his best to "crawl" along so everyone could see it.
This is not a cheap trip, but worth the investment! A great alternative way to see GTNP!
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