As the weather heats up, so does the fun! If you're looking for a refreshing summer activity in Star Valley, look no further than floating down the Salt River. The Salt River is a popular spot for locals and tourists alike, and it's easy to see why. With stunning scenery, peaceful waters and ample opportunities for fishing and wildlife spotting, a day spent floating down the Salt River is an adventure you won't soon forget.
Prepping for a float along the Salt River: Rentals and Equipment
To get started on your adventure, you'll need to prepare a few things. There are several local businesses that offer inner tube, kayak or raft rentals, such as Star Valley Recreation outside Afton.
One of the many outfitters in the town of Afton can get you all the gear you might need, such as reusable water bottles and fishing gear, or ask one of the friendly locals for some advice on the best spots to hit along the river!
Of course, you can bring your own tube or raft and launch it at the public access points along the river.
Just be sure to check the water levels and flow rates before you go, as they can vary depending on the season and recent rainfall. Because of Afton’s high altitude, you can burn pretty quickly, so don’t forget to bring some sunscreen and plenty of water to keep hydrated!
Checklist For Floating the Salt River
✅ Reusable Water Bottle and Snacks
✅ Hat and Sunglasses
✅ Waterproof or dry bag
✅ Life Jacket or other Personal Floatation Device
Launch Points Along the Salt River and what to expect
Once you've got everything you need, it's time to hit the water. The Salt River is relatively calm, with a few mild rapids and a steady current.
It's a great choice for families with young children or anyone looking for a relaxing day on the water.
As you float along, watch for wildlife such as moose, elk and deer, often spotted along the riverbanks.
There are multiple public access launching spots to launch a canoe or float raft along the Salt River. Some of the closest access points near the town of Afton include:
Salt River-Bateman's Public Access Area
Salt River-Wolfley's Public Access Area
Salt River-A/G Lane Public Access Area
Salt River-Burton's Lower Public Access Area
For more information and access points, check out the Wyoming Fish and Game Website.
Salt River Fishing and Recreation
Avid fishermen will be happy to know that the Salt River is a popular spot for fly fishing. With plentiful cutthroat, brown and rainbow trout, coupled with easy access points make this an angler’s paradise.
Be sure to follow Wyoming fishing regulations and obtain a valid fishing license before you start, and respect private land properties along your float.
Due to overgrown banks, private property and the occasional strong current – floating the river is the recommended fishing method, however, there are plenty of spots for wading to be an effective method for fishing.
Along the way, you'll encounter several picturesque spots where you can stop and relax. Pack a picnic lunch and pull over to a shaded area for a meal break.
Take in the stunning mountain views and soak up the tranquility of the surrounding wilderness.
As you near the end of your float, keep an eye out for the takeout point. Because the river only flows one way, you can’t take the current back to your car.
Be prepared to arrange for your own transportation or make the long walk back to your car.
Floating down the Salt River in Afton is a great way to beat the heat and enjoy the great outdoors.
With stunning scenery, peaceful waters and ample opportunities for fishing and wildlife spotting, a day on the Salt River is a day well spent. So grab your tube or raft and get ready for an unforgettable adventure in Afton!