JACKSON, Wyo. — The Snake River as it flows through Jackson Hole is a mecca for patriotic revelers every Fourth of July. Hundreds of visitors and residents are expected to take to the water this Sunday in drift boats, SUPs, rafts, kayaks, canoes, and inner tubes to celebrate America’s independence with frosty beverages in hand.
This year, the Snake River will be flowing well below its 10-year July monthly mean of 8,540 ft3/second and water temps are expected to reach the mid to upper 60s.
With record numbers of visitors and river features that still demand respect, the Snake River Fund would like to remind recreationists to avoid getting lulled into a false sense of security by green water and high temps. The Snake River Fund will be stocking its loaner PFD stations with the hope that everyone floating the river this Sunday will don some potentially life-saving floatation.
Enjoying a day on the water with a beverage and BBQ is a deeply ingrained part of river culture, especially on the Fourth of July. Still, it’s important to remember that responsible recreation, stewardship, and good times go hand in hand. The Snake River Fund asks that you encourage your boating partners to wear properly fitted PFDs, remember to pick up after your crew following the gravel bar dance parties, and of course, use a designated driver to run your shuttles.
Those who are planning to float the river on Sunday should also remember that groups of 15 or more need a permit before launching from boat ramps managed by the Bridger-Teton National Forest. The Snake River Fund would also like to give a friendly reminder that all watercraft using Wyoming waters are required to have an Aquatic Invasive Species decal and that anyone planning on angling should be sure their fishing license is current. Have a safe and joyful 4th.