Gros Ventre - Lower Slide Lake to Kelly

Gros Ventre, Wyoming, US


Lower Slide Lake to Kelly

Usual Difficulty IV (varies with level)
Length 5 Miles

Mud Slide Lake

Mud Slide Lake
Photo of The Putin by Dave Duke (KHCC)

Gauge Information

Name Range Difficulty Updated Level
usgs-13014500 400 - 4000 cfs III-IV 00h34m 240 cfs (too low)

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.

StreamTeam Status: Not Verified
Last Updated: 2018-06-27 16:28:16

Rapid Descriptions

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User Comments

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December 2 2004 (5128 days ago)
aaron grutzmacherDetails
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!
June 6 2003 (5673 days ago)
David GarrityDetails
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.
June 21 2002 (6023 days ago)
David GarrityDetails
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.
June 3 2002 (6041 days ago)
Rick HillDetails
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

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Associated Projects

  • Snake Headwaters (WY)
    American Whitewater joined a coalition of partners to designate the Snake Headwaters as Wild and Scenic.
  • Yellowstone and Grand Teton
    AW has advocated for opportunities to experience the incredible rivers of Yellowstone National and Grand Teton National Parks through paddling.