Wyoming is home to world-class waters ranging from still and pristine lakes to stunning canyons boasting epic rapids. No matter what your experience level, you can find adventure in the Wyoming water. And if you’ve never been out on the water before: don’t fret. Experienced local guides can show you the ropes.
From calm and flowing rivers to alpine lakes, you don’t have to go far to spend a relaxing day on the water. Many of Wyoming’s state parks boast beautiful reservoirs perfect for a canoe or kayaking trip. Various waterways inside Yellowstone National Park and Grand Teton National Park welcome paddlers as well. Our favorites include String Lake, Oxbow Bend on the Snake River and Jenny Lake. If you don’t have your own canoe, don’t worry; local outfitters can set you up with all of the gear and guidance you need.
The same sparkling lakes and reservoirs that provide ideal environments for canoeing are also perfect for kayaking. Or if you prefer a bouncier ride in your kayak, seek out Wyoming’s powerful rivers carved some of the most epic canyons in the region. Flaming Gorge National Recreation Area, the Big Horn River near Thermopolis, the North Platte River in Casper and the Snake River near Grand Teton National Park all offer top-notch kayaking experiences.
Whether you prefer to drag water skis or fishing poles behind your vessel, Wyoming’s reservoirs and lakes promote unforgettable days on the water. Commercial concessions at most reservoirs provide visitors with complete marina services, motel units and fishing equipment. Wyoming state parks are are popular areas for boating, with plenty of fun to be had at Keyhole State Park, Guernsey State Park and Seminoe State Park, to name a few. Boaters can also launch into Flaming Gorge National Recreation Area, Alcova Reservoir near Casper, Bighorn Canyon National Recreation Area near Lovell and other reservoirs around Wyoming.
The town of Green River is so serious about tubing that it has an attraction dedicated to it. North Channel Tubing Channel at Expedition Island Park is a 1,200-foot long lazy river/tubing channel featuring a series of 4.5-foot drops and three large pools. Meanwhile, Casper’s locals like tubing on the North Platte River, where you can float from Morad Park to downtown Casper or from Bessemer Bend to Robertson Road. The Upper Bighorn River near Thermopolis is another popular tubing spot, with a put-in spot at Wedding of the Waters Launch and take-out at Launch at Rainbow Terrace totaling a seven mile float trip.
Stand Up Paddle Boarding
Wyoming’s clear waters with lush, emerald backdrops can also be enjoyed by stand up paddle boarders. Both national and state parks offer up incredible scenery and refreshing mountain waters for SUP enthusiasts. Head to Pinedale‘s Fremont Lake, the second largest natural lake in Wyoming, for a day on the water. Boysen State Park near Thermopolis, Glendo State Park near Douglas and Pathfinder Reservoir near Casper are a few other areas ideal for stand up paddle boarders.
Want to enjoy Wyoming’s waters but don’t have a boat? Local marinas and outfitters offer everything from party pontoons to single-person kayaks. Check out the listings below to find the perfect water vessel for your vacation. If you’re craving a river adventure, find float trip and rafting outfitters, or take a look at some of the best places to whitewater raft in Wyoming.