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Yellowstone Tours – Yellowstone Kayaking

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Trip Highlights
  • Yellowstone Kayaking in West Thumb area
  • Yellowstone tours offer intimate view of steaming geothermal activity
  • View geysers, bubbling mud pots & hot springs
  • Paddle to Lakeshore Geyser
  • Interpretive discussion of Yellowstone's geology
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Outside Travel Awards 'Best Outfitter' Runner Up National Geographic Adventure Magazine - Best River & Sea Outfitter on Earth As Featured On 50 Tours of a Lifetime - National Geographic Traveller Mindy Gleason, O.A.R.S. Reservations Manager Condé Nast Traveler Top Travel Specialist 2007-2013 (River Rafting)

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Two departure times daily: Mid June - Mid September

9:30AM and 2:30PM

Special Sunrise Departures: July 1 through August 10



Adult: $99
Youth: $79

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Yellowstone Lake Kayaking in Yellowstone National Park - Overview

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Join O.A.R.S. for a half day of easy sea kayaking in the bubbling cauldron of Yellowstone National Park's Yellowstone Lake.

Earth’s hottest show and Yellowstone’s awesome natural phenomena — all just beyond the bow of your boat. The endless shores of Yellowstone Lake, the continent’s largest mountain lake, have steamed and simmered in a geothermal flux for thousands of years deep in the heart of Yellowstone National Park, a western U.S. adventure paradise. Steamy geysers gush at water’s edge, mud pots bubble and hot springs sear, and all are easy to spot from the unique perspective of your sturdy, stable sea kayak.

Yellowstone Lake Kayaking - Itinerary at a Glance

  • Our Yellowstone adventure begins at Grant Village where you’ll learn kayak basics
  • Paddle north along the west shore of the West Thumb of the lake
  • Paddle to the Lakeshore Geyser, which on rare occasions can erupt up to 25 feet
  • Explore the Lakeshore Group of geysers, which contains the most active hot springs in the area (This geothermal area is also accessible via trails and boardwalks.)
  • Enjoy an interpretive discussion of the region's fascinating geology before returning to the launch point at Grant Village where our Yellowstone adventure concludes

Find out more about Yellowstone National Park.

O.A.R.S. is proud to donate 1% of sales from this trip to the National
Park Foundation to help protect our parks and get more kids outside!

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“Guides (Bobby & Katie) were both enthusiastic and knowledgeable. We really appreciated their skills in communication and how they related to our group. It was awesome to be out on Yellowstone Lake and experience the geysers and lava tube up close!

Bobby was a great trip leader and had a good command of the region. He gave information to our group regarding the points of interest that we encountered on Yellowstone Lake, and somehow even managed to have the morning fog burn off for our return trip! He is a great and knowledgeable guide. Katie was a very good "people person." She has a nice way of relating people of all ages/skill levels on the tour. She was able to provide helpful hints to those less experienced and was very pleasant to be with during the excursion. Both Bobby and Katie were great, enthusiasitc, knowledgeable and courteous. Both of them made everyone feel comfortable with our kayaks/equipment, and had a good command of knowledge about the area that we would be paddling. The O.A.R.S. tour really made our trip complete.

It was a great experience. We would definately consider another trip with your company. We like that it is a family owned business and the staff/guides are well suited to their positions.”
Sherry Marshall ~ Warren, MI

“We enjoyed seeing the geyser basin from a unique perspective - the lake - instead of being limited to the usual boardwalks. The guides were knowlegable about the geology of the area and were helpful but not overbearing.”
Sue Redhead ~ Minneapolis, MN

“The guides were great. One of our group had never kayaked before, and the guides were very supportive, encouraging, and informative. We felt we were in good hands throughout the half-day trip, including near the end when a thunderstorm was chasing us back. It was obvious that the guides knew what they were doing and we felt safe with them. They were also very personable, upbeat, and fun.”
Laura Dolson ~ Ben Lomond, CA

“The combination of the location and the quality of the young people who served as guides was great. Can't say enough about either aspect of the trip. Tetons/ Yellowstone is a great destination because of the scenery. I also prefer the active/ participatory nature of a kayak/ hiking trip, and the opportunities of a kayaking trip to create private space and time. The guides … were all knowledge, helpful, and fun to share time with. I'd take exception to the adage that "A guide may not be able to make a trip, but he/she could definitely ruin one." Without a doubt our guides made our trip the huge success it was.”
Ken McNamee ~ Knoxville, TN

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Average Temperatures
Month High Low Precipitation
June 68° 37° 1.64
July 79° 41° 1.13
August 78° 37° 1.26
September 69° 32° 1.50
Mountain weather throughout the summer. Expect a little bit of everything. Most days are sunny with temps in the 70s.
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Rarely above 50°

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O.A.R.S. is an author ized concessioner of Arches, Canyonlands, Grand Canyon and Grand Te ton National Parks and Dinosaur National Monument.
Outside Travel Awards 'Best Outfitter' Runner Up National Geographic Adventure Magazine - Best River & Sea Outfitter on Earth As Featured On 50 Tours of a Lifetime - National Geographic Traveler Mindy Gleason, O.A.R.S. Reservations Manager Condé Nast Traveler Top Travel Specialist 2007-2013 (River Rafting) Best of the Bay Area Winner

For consecutive years, O.A.R.S. has been named the "Best River & Sea Outfitter on Earth" by National Geographic Adventure and one of the top two outfitters in the world by Outside Magazine in its annual Active Travel Awards recognition program. In multiple years, O.A.R.S.trips have been honored as "50 Tours of a Lifetime" by National Geographic Traveler and since 2007, Condé Nast Traveler has recognized Mindy Gleason, O.A.R.S. Reservation Manager and International Adventure Travel Consultant, as Condé Nast Traveler's standalone Top Travel Specialist in the River Rafting category.

Questions about trips or making reservations? Contact info@oars.com or call 800-346-6277 in the USA or Canada or 1-209-736-4677 if outside the USA or Canada.
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