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945 W Broadway, PO Box 1205
Jackson, WY, 83001


To provide all with the opportunity to safely enjoy the waterways of the greater Yellowstone area through youth programs, competitive events, conservation and education.



  • Age: 13-18
  • Spring (4/17-4/26): Tuesdays and Thursdays, 4:00-8:00
  • Spring (4/30-6/14): Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays, 4:00-8:00
  • Summer: Tuesdays and Thursdays, 2:30-7:00, Fridays 9:00-5:00

Program Dates

  • Spring: 4/17/18-6/14/18
  • Session 1: 6/25/18-7/13/18
  • Session 2: 7/16/18-8/3/18
  • Session 3: 8/6/18-8/24/18


The explorers are the highest level paddling group in the JHKC. Depending on the year and the group of athletes, the focus of the program will shift to match athlete demand. In general, being comfortable in class III, a bomber roll, and a strong desire to progress are the prerequisites for this group.

A major focus of the explorers is travel. Weekend trips and competitions provide an opportunity for the JHKC athletes to explore new regions, compete in a large variety of disciplines, and meet other teenage athletes throughout the intermountain west. Many of these trips will allow athletes to compete in freestyle, downriver, and slalom competitions. Others will focus on exploring new rivers to further develop paddling techniques and especially the ability to read and assess new whitewater.  These trips are primarily geared towards athletes from the Otters and Explorers that are interested in additional paddling experience and competition. For 2016, there are additional trips that are added to provide these experiences to the Beavers.


Freestyle kayaking and competition on a variety of features; Multiple categories of downriver racing, including wildwater, creek, and marathon events; Introductory slalom boating; intermediate and advanced river running and river safety techniques; intermediate and advanced scouting and river exploration; Wilderness and front country camping.


Spring Session: $700 (24 afternoons on the river)* 

Single Session: Before May 1- $425 After May 1- $450

Summer (all 3 sessions): $1100

Spring and Summer: $1650

*For those explorers involved in other sports, pro-pricing is available for the spring session at $35/day