Yellowstone Geyser Kayak Tour: Paddle through geyser basins


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Availability : May 25 - September 30
Marina in Grant Village, on the western edge of Yellowstone Lake

Kayaking through geyser basins, some of which is not accessible by land, this Yellowstone Geyser Kayak Tour leads you away from the crowds and cars, and shows you a part of Yellowstone very few people ever get to experience.

Running over 20 years, this tour helps you explore the world’s first national park, Yellowstone, one of the best inland paddling destinations in the world. The clear water and high mountain lakes of the greater Yellowstone area provide a unique kayaking experience.

Yellowstone is home to a large variety of wildlife including grizzly bears, wolves, bison, and elk. Preserved within Yellowstone is the largest concentration of active geysers in the world – approximately half of the world’s total. Paddling away means you see a side of Yellowstone few ever do.

Tour Includes:

  • Tour Guide
  • Picnic Lunch
  • Single and double kayaks

Tour Itinerary:

  • After an introduction to the history and geology of Yellowstone Lake, along with instruction on kayaking equipment and techniques, your guide will lead you around the shoreline to the West Thumb Geyser Basin where there are many geothermal features on land and underwater we will explore from your kayaks. Many of these geothermal features on the lake are not accessible by any other means.
  • Continue on to the remote Potts geyser basin exploring this primitive geyser basin where there are no signs, no boardwalks and most importantly no other people.
  • Stop at a secluded beach for a picnic lunch (included).
  • Return the same way, following the shoreline and watching the wildlife as you casually make your way back to Grant Village, and to the tour vehicles around 2 or 3 in the afternoon.

Tour Departs at:

  • Day paddles meet at the marina in Grant Village, on the western edge of Yellowstone Lake at 9:00 a.m. (after September 12 we start at 10 a.m.)


  • $200 per person in Single Kayak
  • $175 per person in Tandem Kayak
  • Kids 12 and under take $50 off
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