What Wildlife Can Be Seen on a Jackson Hole Float Trip?

Wild bull moose drinking water in the Snake River in Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming USA

What Wildlife Can Be Seen on a Jackson Hole Float Trip?

Wild bull moose drinking water in the Snake River in Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming USA

Embrace the splendor of Grand Teton National Park, located adjacent to Jackson Hole, through a tranquil float trip along the Snake River. This idyllic journey allows you to immerse yourself in the park’s stunning wildlife and picturesque landscapes. Floating along what’s often described as a part of the ‘ten of the most beautiful river journeys in the United States‘ offers an exceptional perspective of Grand Teton National Park. It’s worth noting that only a select number of private companies hold permits to guide passengers along this captivating stretch of the Snake River, making it an opportunity you won’t want to miss. Beyond the breathtaking scenery that awaits travelers, a multitude of wildlife populations are available for the enjoyment of sightseeing enthusiasts. Let’s take a look at the most popular animals for our visitors to capture views of…



Moose tend to remain in proximity to their sources of food, often favoring marshy regions and willow meadows. The Snake River offers both sustenance and hydration to these moose communities. It’s important to note that moose are crepuscular creatures, which means they are most active during the dawn and dusk hours, making morning and evening excursions the prime times for moose sightings. Planning a moose-spotting adventure at noon is not advisable, as moose are more likely to be resting or less active during that part of the day.


Birds of Prey

Whether you’re a seasoned ornithologist and avid bird enthusiast or simply someone who categorizes birds as either ‘sea-ducks’ or ‘land-birds,’ you’re in for a treat when you embark on a Snake River float with Solitude Float Trips in Jackson Hole. Our waterways are home to a remarkable array of avian wonders that are bound to captivate you. Among the highlights are the magnificent birds of prey, including bald eagles, osprey, as well as various species of hawks and falcons. Your knowledgeable guides will not only identify nesting sites but also regale you with intriguing bird facts, and if you’re lucky, you might even catch a glimpse of an eagle engaged in a fish hunt. Additionally, you’ll encounter a diverse range of aquatic birds, sometimes humorously referred to as ‘sea-ducks.’ These include American white pelicans, trumpeter swans, great blue herons, merganser ducks, and black-necked stilts.


Beavers, Otters, and Weasels

Beavers are herbivores, and despite a common misconception, they do not have a taste for fish. Their diet primarily consists of a range of plants, with a particular preference for deciduous plants and trees found in low-lying areas. These resourceful creatures often fell larger trees to procure materials for constructing their dams and lodges, as well as for sustenance. In an interesting ecological twist, beavers inadvertently create shelter and food resources for their relatives, the otters and weasels.

Otters are aquatic creatures, belonging to the weasel family, are known for their social behavior and are frequently observed in gatherings along riverbanks. Their diet primarily consists of crayfish and fish, which are often found in the dams constructed by beavers. In times of food scarcity, otters have been documented resorting to consuming the remains of beavers and deceased birds.

Ermine, belonging to the weasel family, are exceptional and nimble hunters. They are smaller and more agile compared to ferrets. What sets ermine apart is their remarkable ability to adapt to their environment depending on the season. During the summer, they sport a brown coat with a white underbelly and a tail tipped in black. However, in the winter, their fur transitions to a pure white color, with the distinctive black-tipped tail remaining.


Many, Many More

In Jackson Hole, Wyoming, you have the chance to encounter nearly 500 distinct animal species. Once you’ve checked off the animals you wish to spot from your list, retreat to the inviting Parkway Inn of Jackson Hole. Discover genuine Jackson Hole lodging and take pleasure in our in-house facilities, encompassing an indoor pool, two relaxing hot tubs, and a well-appointed fitness center complete with separate men’s and women’s locker rooms, each featuring a sauna. Be sure to explore the various promotions we offer before making your reservation online or by calling us at 307-733-3143!