Karen Baptiste

Job Title

Professional River Guide





With OARS Since


Karen Baptiste.


Eastchester, NY

Current Location

Anywhere, Everywhere

Offseason Gig

Traveling & Adventuring

About me

I love to ski, explore new places, paint, and play with my pup, Ziggy, and my cat, Mr. Meowgi!

The Best Part of My Job

Meeting new people and experiencing these incredible places together!

How I found OARS

I started with OARS in 2015 as a sea kayak guide in Wyoming. I was a part of that amazing team for three wonderful seasons. I daily river guided in Jackson, WY for a few seasons and then made my way to OARS Idaho in 2021!

My Favorite Spot on the River/Outdoors

It’s a toss up between rapids…. The Green Room on the Snake around 19k CFS is so mind bending and amazing. Above Hancock on the Main Salmon around 60k is a truly wild ride. Hermit on the Colorado is an absolute blast!

Favorite River Tradition

I love counting shooting stars as I’m falling asleep on my boat.

I Can’t Live Without

A toothbrush is nice.

My Fun Fact

I speak Chukar! Not fluently, but I’m working on it.

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