JACKSON HOLE, WYO – The Snake River is different every year. Sometimes week-to-week, or even daily changes to river conditions are reasons why the river was once briefly referred to by early explorers as the Mad River.
Authorities in Grand Teton are concerned about what they are seeing on the river these spring days. It’s the usual, yes, but a little more so.
Shifting channels and numerous newly created logjams have created unpredictable and unusually challenging conditions on the Snake River between Deadman’s Bar and Moose Landing, specifically in the area directly upstream of Bar BC Ranch.
Deadman’s Bar to Moose Landing is the most accident-prone river section in Grand Teton National Park. The river is having another dynamic runoff season and obstructions are subject to a high degree of change at any time.
Only boaters with advanced skills should attempt this section of river due to swift water, multiple braided channels and numerous obstructions. Sight lines are short and channel options that existed hours before may be blocked. Boat operators may need to stop the boat to scout and choose an appropriate route.
Park concessioners are adjusting their operations and conducting their own risk assessments of river conditions in order to navigate these sections or to shift operations to the section of river from Pacific Creek to Deadman’s Bar.