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Difficulty III-IV at this flow (IV normally)
Length 5 Miles
Gauge GROS VENTRE RIVER AT KELLY, WY
Flow Range 400 - 4000 CFS
Flow Rate as of: 35 minutes ago 237 [CFS] ℹ️
Reach Info Last Updated 06/27/2018 4:28 pm

River Description


The Wild and Scenic Gros Ventre River below Slide Lake is a classic, convenient, and fairly popular whitewater run for Jackson area residents and visitors alike.  Paddling is prohibited by Grand Teton National Park on the lower half of this run, beginning at the Park Boundary.  Take out at the Park Boundary to avoid violating this prohibition.  Below the Park Boundary rapids continue upstream of Kelly.  Below Kelly the river appears to offer a scenic (though still prohibited) float trip to the Snake River.  

Lat/Longitude data are very approximate.

Rapid Descriptions

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aaron grutzmacher
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14 years ago

After work Jackson run!
Super fun above 2 ft with unbelievable views of the Tetons. Have your friend push you off the bridge to start your run!

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David Garrity
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16 years ago

Try using this gauge. I'd guess that 500cfs is minimal. The run gets pushy and recovery is more difficult above 2000cfs. It's still reasonable at 3500cfs or so.
13015000 GROS VENTRE RIVER AT ZENITH WY

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David Garrity
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17 years ago

A good minimum for this run is probably 600 cfs at Kelly. I've seen the gauge on this one have lots of problems. I did this run at 2300 cfs (2.x' on the bridge) one year, the next year, the gauge read 1100, but the water was at 3.5' on the bridge gauge and a lot bigger than the year before. It gets a bit pushier at high water, but still isn't all that hard.

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Rick Hill
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17 years ago

Ran 5/30/02. 1 1/2 ft on "old guage", which is closer to 3 ft on new guage, 800 cfs on USGS website. This is high water and makes the run nicer (not so much rock bouncing). Mostly class 3 with one easy 4 ("Hermit"). Boat scouted whole thing. Put in on Slide lake (take Taylor ranch road off Gros Ventre road) Take out at river access at park boundry, short 2.7 miles but sweet.

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Save The Date: Wild West River Fest (WY)

7/3/2017
Kestrel Kunz

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.  

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AW asks Yellowstone and Grand Teton to Consider Paddling

6/24/2013
Kevin Colburn

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.  

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Forest Service Seeks Input On Snake River Headwaters (WY)

3/29/2011
Kevin Colburn

The Bridger-Teton National Forest continues to seek public input for the next stage in creating its comprehensive management plan for the Wild and Scenic Snake River Headwaters. Paddlers are encouraged to review the background information and offer the Forest Service your feedback by taking a survey posted in this article.  Feedback is appreciated by April 11, 2011. 

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Public Comment Opportunity on Yellowstone Paddling

12/20/2010
Kevin Colburn

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.

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Yellowstone Park Wild and Scenic River Meetings This Week

11/29/2010
Kevin Colburn

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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Protection for Snake River Headwaters Proposed

5/9/2007
Kevin Colburn

Senator Craig Thomas (R-WY) introduced legislation to protect the streams of the Snake River headwaters in Wyoming as Wild and Scenic Rivers on May 9th, 2007. The introduction of the "Snake Headwaters Legacy Act" is a major milestone in the protection of rivers located in Grand Teton National Park, Yellowstone National Park and the surrounding National Forests.
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Revisions

Revision #Revision DateAuthorComment
1192268 11/23/01 n/a n/a
1198853 11/30/10 Kevin Colburn Changed the gauge to USGS 13014500 GROS VENTRE RIVER AT KELLY, WY, which is what Rendezvous river sports uses.
1209915 06/27/18 Bill Hunt minor edits