Paddling this section of the Wild and Scenic Snake River is currently prohibited by Yellowstone National Park.
Above the confluence with the Heart River the Snake River contains one challenging gorge set in a river that is more characteristically Class III. If it were not prohibited paddling this reach would offer paddlers an even more remote and adventurous trip than just paddling the reach immediately downstream. Access would be the kind of challenge exemplified by Wilderness travel and exploration. Any exploration of the headwaters would almost certainly include paddling out on the section below Heart River.
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Cody, Wyoming - This August 19 & 20 the Wild West Paddle Club is hosting the 2017 Wild West River Fest in Cody, Wyoming. In celebration of the beautiful Shoshone River, the Fest has events for everyone - Slalom Race, Class II Sprint, Shoshone Canyon Boater Cross, and many other fun activities for the whole family! Weekend festivities are free to the public, with the exception of race registration fees for competitors. You can find a full schedule here and all competitors need to register online in advance.
Earlier today, American Whitewater submitted comments on the Draft Comprehensive River Management Plan for the Wild and Scenic Rivers designated under the Craig Thomas Snake River Headwaters Act. We encourage river enthusiasts to contact Yellowstone and Grand Teton national parks and ask them to reconsider paddling in their planning process.
The Park Service is seeking your advice on how to manage several newly designated Wild and Scenic Rivers in Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks. Paddling is currently prohibited on most of these rivers. We encourage paddlers to offer management suggestions that support river recreation and conservation before the end of 2010.
Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks are hosting two "scoping" meetings this week in order to help them craft a good management plan for newly designated Wild and Scenic Rivers in the parks, on several of which paddling is currently prohibited. Paddlers are encouraged to attend these meetings, and/or submit written comments on this important issue.
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