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“Excellent kayaking and camping experience - Jackson Lake 2 night”

O.A.R.S. Yellowstone Tours
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Owner description: O.A.R.S. Wyoming adventures include our "all in one" Yellowstone & Grand Teton National Park Explorer, kayaking on Jackson Lake near Jackson Hole, kayaking on Yellowstone Lake in Yellowstone National Park as well as Snake River rafting. These scenic Wyoming adventure vacations transport you into the heart of the largest unspoiled wilderness in the continental U.S., to the shores and swells of its biggest mountain lake, and through the pristine habitat of some of the nation's largest animal populations. Our adventurous Wyoming itineraries offer rare experiences in both Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks, via "easy-to-learn and handle" sea kayaks, by raft and on foot—by lakeshore, river and trail.
Reviewed 19 August 2014

We went on a family trip with OARS and thoroughly enjoyed the experience. Some of our family was delayed getting to Jackson and missed the first day of kayaking. OARS was extremely helpful and the guides used a motor boat to pick up the rest of our group and bring them to the campsite in time for s'mores! The campsites are secluded and have beautiful views of the Tetons. Kayaking on the lake is fun and a good way to build up an appetite for the amazing food that the guides prepare. Having planned backpacking trips in the past, I really appreciated how OARS took care of all the logistics and all we had to do was enjoy the trip.

Most importantly, our guides, Becca and Kate, made the trip. They saved the trip by going to get our delayed family members. They also did so much work while at the same time being cheerful and playing with the kids. In sum, they were just awesome people. Based on our experience with them, I would 100% recommend OARS to anyone going on a camping/kayaking trip in Wyoming.

Thank Josh W
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Reviewed 18 August 2014

We did the OARS Yellowstone and Grand Teton Explorer trip. We loved it. Great time. Great destination. Our guides were fabulous. We went at the end of July going into August. We had satisfactory weather without much rain. Most importantly, I was with members of my family without distractions from the swim team, tv shows such as Caillou, work or other stupid things that get in the way of quality time with those you love.

If you are thinking about taking your family on this trip with OARS and you can handle sleeping in a tent, just commit. You won't regret unless you are pathologic.

Thank TinyKingdomCritic
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Reviewed 11 August 2014

In our experience, you cannot go wrong with OARS! We've enjoyed rafting with this company, but my son (age 13) worried that the kayak experience on Jackson Lake would be too 'tame' or have too much downtime for him. I was happy to find out he was wrong! Instead, he had just as good a time on Jackson Lake as he had on the wild Rogue River!

Our lead guide Nate made great choices for our group (including a wise safety call when the wind picked up during our long row across the lake) and we always felt we were in good hands. Food was fantastic (as it always is) and the views/campsites/hikes absolutely could not be beat. We loved this unique perspective of Grand Teton! I recommend doing this trip at the beginning or end of any national park tour.

Thank AmyWhitley
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Reviewed 11 August 2014

We had an amazing time with some very awesome guides. They went above and beyond to make sure we had a great time on our trip. The views were incredible and the activities were perfect. We stayed active, but did not over exert ourselves. I would definitely do this again!

1  Thank Erin W
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Reviewed 10 August 2014

We signed up for a dream family vacation & loved every minute of our Yellowstone/Grand Teton 5 day trip!! Loved the camping/hiking, & kayaking the very most! The sights at Yellowstone were awesome, and we had the trip of a lifetime. The meals were unbelievable and still can't believe we didn't end up blimps! Must have been all the hiking - swimming - kayaking that kept us unbelievably toned! Our guides Caitlin and Tyler made the best meals ever - my favorite : the double dutch lasagna & peach cobbler, yumm! Wish we could duplicate it at home - but thanks to them we are all eating healthier. Every meal was a surprise and i really miss "coffee call" back in the real world. Caitlin was so knowledgeable & I hope she knows all of us still remember the 4 types of geothermal features!! (Still can't stand on our heads Caitlin - but maybe one day! We'll keep practicing!) Ty - thanks for your leadership & enthusiasm (lov ya!) - please do this next year!! Our sunrise kayak ride - hikes to Lee & Trapper Lakes, & Moran Creek Trail were so memorable. We loved Grassy & Spalding! Caitlin & Ty - the 2 of you were so awesome & we feel so lucky to have had our trip with you! For families who love the outdoors - fitness - nature - and adventure, this trip is for you. Our weather was so beautiful - and we felt prepared. We know we were in the best of hands, and so thanks to OARS for a lifetime memory!

Hint: One thing I was so glad we brought from home were the closed-toe boat shoes from Bass & Campmor - they were perfect for kayaking & hiking as well! We wore them all day then transferred to sneakers/crocks in the evening. The equipment list provided was right on the mark!

Thank Joanne H
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