What You Can See on Your Float Trip
Grand Teton National Park is home to the greatest variety of wildlife in the lower 48 states. The Snake River serves as a lifeline to bison, elk, moose, beaver, pronghorn, deer, bear, cougar and more than 300 different species of birds, including osprey and eagles. The river bottom offers a variety of habitats that animals love: lush willows to feed on, deep-water pools to swim in, and groves of aspen to wander.
To be on the river is to see, hear, feel and smell wilderness in a way a casual visitor never can. And although we can’t guarantee multiple animal sightings, your chances are greater here, in the heart of the National Park.
Many of these photos were taken by clients on our scenic float trips. (You can mouse-over each image to see the photo credit.) Please share your float trip photos with us by posting them on Instagram using the hashtags #barkerewingfloattrips and #barkerewingscenic. Thank you!
A common sight along our stretch of the river, thanks to the abundance of tasty trout!
A moose and her calf crossed the river right in front of us as we floated around the bend.
The majestic Grand Tetons and the Snake River are the heart of Grand Teton National Park.
A solitary bison posed for our cameras, and seemed completely unperturbed by our presence.
This shy little black bear was doing his best to hide from us in a giant cottonwood tree - without success!
Nearly wiped out by fur trapping in the 19th century, beavers have made an amazing recovery in recent decades.
We see lots of pelicans along the Snake River - probably because the fishing is so great!
What a thrill to watch this mountain lion swim the river from the safety of our raft. A rare sighting of this elusive cat.
Wildflowers like this Larkspur provide beautiful splashes of color all along the river bank.
Otters can be hard to spot - while we’re floating downriver, they’re often swimming the “otter” way.
Another conservation success story that we’re lucky to encounter along the river.
One of the most widespread species in North America, a wily coyote was recently sighted in the Bronx!
About 1,600 elk spend the summer in Grand Teton National Park. It's always exciting to see them on the river.
Osprey are fishing birds, and are a fairly common sight along the river.
Herons, egrets, Sandhill cranes and Trumpeter swans can often be seen on the Snake.
This grizzly took a long look at us over his shoulder as he climbed up the river bank before disappearing into the tall timber.
Muledeer and White-tailed deer often join their cousins, Elk and Moose, along the river.
The fastest land mammal in the Western hemisphere, and not actually an antelope. Speed goat!