A summer Yellowstone rafting trip offers great opportunities to catch a glimpse of the breathtaking scenery. The Yellowstone River is the longest free-flowing river in the continental US, and this means rafters can enjoy riding the thrilling rapids of the river for much of the year. However, rafters typically opt for a Yellowstone white water rafting trip during the summer season, when the temperatures are warmer and a Yellowstone vacation is at its most pleasant.
Flowing from the northern part of the Yellowstone National Park, the Yellowstone River offers great fishing opportunities besides whitewater rafting; this is one of the things that makes it popular among many different types of travelers. The Gardiner section of the river is well-known for its rough waters and excellent cutthroat trout and medium-sized rainbow fishing opportunities.
The first few miles of this section, up to Corwin Springs, is mostly fast water and ranges from Class II to Class IV rapids. However, if you really want to enjoy fishing, then the section from the Corwin Springs to Yankee Jim Canyon is quieter and great for angling. Once you reach Yankee Jim Canyon, however, there are rougher waters, so skip the fishing here and just enjoy the challenge of navigating the river.
West Yellowstone also has excellent rafting options, including the thrilling rapids of the Gallatin river and calm waters of the Quake and Hebgen Lake. The Gallatin River, which flows from the north out of the Yellowstone National Park and into Montana, offers excellent Yellowstone rafting trips early summer and has rapids ranging from Class I to Class IV. Adventure-seekers visit every summer to enjoy day trips spent kayaking or fishing. There are many outfitters and Yellowstone white water rafting companies that provide Wyoming rafting trips to the Gallatin River.
The Hebgen lake is known for its tranquil waters and is popular for sailing, canoeing, and kayaking. Quake Lake was created by a massive earthquake in 1959, and though it is relatively new, it attracts a large crowd of boaters as well. One of the best options for a range of Yellowstone National Park rafting trips is to head into Montana and raft along the Madison River, which is known for its Class I through Class IV rapids. You can enjoy single-day or multi-day Yellowstone rafting and kayaking trips and enjoy fishing as well.