Can I Bring a Large Group to Whitewater Rafting?

Whitewater rafting is an exciting adventure. As the water rushes over rocks and around bends in the river, you are along for the ride with only a paddle as your navigational tool. The passengers of the boat must work together with instructions from the guide to keep the boat upright and moving down the river. 

A whitewater rafting excursion is an excellent team building exercise for coworkers and a bonding experience for families and friends. With this in mind, you may be wondering if you can bring a large group on a whitewater rafting trip. Here’s what you need to know before planning your trip. 

What Whitewater Trips Are Available?

There are a variety of whitewater rafting trips of varying distances and times: 

  • 8 Mile Whitewater Trip. This trip takes place on an 8 mile section of the river that has plenty of class III rapids (on a scale of I-VI with I being flatwater and VI being the most challenging). This makes it ideal for families with children as young as 6 years old. The excursion takes about 3-4 hours round trip. 
  • 7 Mile Scenic Float Trip. A scenic float trip is much more relaxing than a whitewater rafting trip. With almost no rapids and very little whitewater, you can enjoy the scenery and wildlife with no paddling required. This option may be better suited for those who are less adventurous and families with younger children or older adults. Lunch is included. 
  • 16 Mile Scenic Float and Whitewater Combo Trip. With this trip you have the opportunity for whitewater adventure, and a relaxing float. You’ll spend a total of about 5 hours on the river with lunch included. 

How Many People Can Fit in a Boat? 

The trips listed above include the option for a small or large boat. A small boat holds 8 people and a large boat holds 12-14. This means that the largest group that can fit on a single boat is 14. If you are planning to take a larger group on a whitewater rafting trip, you will need to split the larger group into smaller groups to fit on multiple boats accordingly. Boats will not necessarily be able to stay together on the river, but may be in the same vicinity. 

How Many Boats Will I Need For My Group? 

You will need to get a total count of the number of people who are interested in whitewater rafting. You may also want to poll the group and find out if everyone is interested in whitewater rafting or if some may be more interested in a scenic float trip. It may help to divide a larger group by interest. As stated above, large boats hold up to 14 people and small boats hold up to 8 people. You can divide your group among large boats, small boats, or a combination of large and small boats to reach the correct number of people. 

Do These Trips Work Well For Large Groups? 

Even if your group includes too many people to fit on one boat, the experience can still be beneficial and a lot of fun. Family reunions, corporate events, church groups, community organizations, scouts, and many other groups can come together for an exciting adventure on the water. 

Why Choose Teton Expeditions? 

Teton Expeditions provides a unique experience in the Jackson Hole area of Wyoming. The Snake River is a popular destination for whitewater rafting and scenic float trips, primarily due to the proximity to the Teton Mountains. With unparalleled scenery and rare wildlife that is native to the area, your rafting trip will allow you to see new and exciting things. 

Contact Teton Expeditions today to book your trip. We recommend making reservations well in advance for large groups.