This is my first post here although I have been a Seakayaker subscriber for many years. My wife and I are planning a trip to Montana, and thought we might spend a few days paddling in Teton and Yellowstone on the way. I am looking for some advice from anyone with some experience in the area. We are going to try to make the trip right after Labor Day. I am not sure if we will be able to reserve any backcountry campsites at Shoshone lake at this late date or not, but we are going to try.
Our plan is to spend one day on Flaming Gorge, just because its on the way, then to either day paddle two days around Jackson, or spend one night at a BC site if possible. My first question is what does anyone recommend for a night on one of the Teton lakes?
Then, we will go on up to Lewis and Shoshone. We want to spend 4 days, 3 nights on Shoshone. My questions are:
Can anyone tell me what kind of conditions we might find in early September on the channel in regard to water depth, stream flow etc.? Will it likely be knee deep, waist deep...?
Are there any campsites that are especially good. Obviously, we may have to take what we can get at this late date.
I am thinking Moose Creek beach first night, cross or circumnavigate to a north shore site on day 2. Either stay put and hike/paddle to the geyser basin, or move to another northeast site on day three, then head back to Lewis on day 4. We are open to any and all suggestions.
One last thing, we have glass boats. Is the downstream channel run likely to be an obstacle course at that time of year? We have paddled them in river conditions before, but I always try to stick to a fairly deep channel. They don't like rocks much.
Thanks in advance for any advice that anyone can give us.