In business for more than 35 years, Snake River Kayak & Canoe School (365 N. Cache, 307/733-9999 or 800/529-2501, www.snakeriverkayak.com ) offers a wide variety of river kayaking and canoeing classes for all levels of ability, plus fishing trips and raft trips. Half-day private lessons include transportation, boats, paddles, wet suit, rubber booties, and life jackets ($250 for two students). Beginners may want to start out with one of the three-hour “rubber duckie” inflatable kayak river trips ($75).
In addition, the school has sea kayak tours of all lengths in Yellowstone National Park . The shop rents practically anything that floats: canoes, sea kayaks, whitewater kayaks, inflatable kayaks, and rafts, all with paddles and roof racks included. Also available are dry bags and life jackets.
The folks at Rendezvous River Sports/Jackson Hole Kayak School (945 W. Broadway Ave., 307/733-2471, www.jacksonholekayak.com ) teach a wide range of kayaking courses from the absolute beginner level to advanced “hairboating” for experts. Classes include kayak roll clinics, river rescue, special women’s clinics, and kids’ classes, plus multi-day tours in Yellowstone. Private lessons are available, and the company rents sea kayaks and whitewater kayaks, plus inflatable kayaks and rafts.
Leisure Sports (1075 S. U.S. Hwy. 89, 307/733-3040, www.leisuresportsadventure.com ) rents rafts, float tubes, canoes, inflatable kayaks, water skis, wet suits, dry bags, life vests, and all sorts of other outdoor equipment. Next to Dornan’s in Moose , Adventure Sports (307/733-3307, www.dornans.com ) also rents canoes and kayaks.