What can I do and see along the Gros Ventre River?
The best fishing is found between the confluence of Crystal Creek and the Gros Ventre (high in the Gros Ventre Wilderness) to Upper Slide Lake. Access is easy from the dirt Gros Ventre Road and fishing is great from run-off through September. Anglers can also access the river in the valley between the Snake River and the town of Kelly.
The debris from the Gros Ventre Slide of 1925 has made for an epic whitewater section below Slide Lake. Recommended for expert kayakers only, this Class III /IV river is nail-biting.
In June 1925, an enormous land slide slid off of Sheep Mountain, blocking the flow of the Gros Ventre River and creating Slide Lake. The lake is filled with dead standing trees, providing an eerie foreground to this massive natural scar.
An unusual geological feature above the river, the red hills of the Gros Ventre Mountains offer a scenic backdrop to hiking trails.
Hiking and Camping:
Numerous hiking trails and campgrounds line the river in the Gros Ventre Wilderness. Atherton Creek Campground is located along Lower Slide Lake, while Red Hills Campground is located further up the road. Blue Miner Lake Trailhead is a great starting point for hiking. It's 9 miles to the actual lake and if you want to extend your trip, consider hiking all the way to the top of Sleeping Indian/Sheep Mountain.
Where is the Gros Ventre River?
The Gros Ventre River begins high in the Gros Ventre Wilderness which forms the eastern border to Jackson Hole. It flows to Slide Lake and then down to the valley until it merges with the Snake River.
When is the Gros Ventre River accessible?
The Gros Ventre Road closes just outside of Kelly during the winter months due to snow coverage. The road is groomed frequently however and provides great access for snowmobilers and cross-country skiers. Lower portions of the river are still accessible near the Snake River, but summer months are best for fishing.
Who can I call with more questions?
Call the Bridger-Teton National Forest office in Jackson: 307-739-5500.