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Backcountry Shuttle Service


This is a unique and convenient way to transport people and equipment to Yellowstone Lake’s backcountry areas. The backcountry shuttle boat service can take hikers and/or boaters (maximum 6 people per trip) to some of the more distant locations along Yellowstone Lake. The Otter, our shuttle boat, is built to carry people, gear, and even a rowboat or a few canoes or kayaks. Canoes available for rent only with backcountry shuttle service. If requested, the Otter will pick up parties at prescheduled places and times for their return trips.

Get into the backcountry of Yellowstone with a rental Canoe or your personal boat for the day. One day excursions are available that include one canoe, paddles, life vests, outriggers and transportation of a maximum of 6 people and gear. Additional canoes are available for rent. There are four different drop off points to choose from. You will leave Bridge Bay Marina at 8am and get picked up at 5pm. Advanced reservations must be made by calling the numbers below.

2020 Dates – Shuttle Service Available at Bridge Bay Marina
DatesOffice HoursEmpty Heading
6/12/20 – 8/10/208:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
8/11/20 – 9/13/209:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
2019 Rates – Shuttle Service Available at Bridge Bay Marina
DescriptionBase Rate
Drop-off or Pickup – includes loading and transportation$214.00
Each additional hour (Above 2 hours)$107.00
Canoe Rental$54.00 – per night
One Day Excursion$315.00


For additional information and reservations, please call Backcountry Shuttle office at 307-242-3893 (Open for calls June to mid September) 307-344-5217 (Open for calls mid September to May).


For more information or to reserve any of our Yellowstone Lake activities, please call our reservations office at 307-344-7311.

A credit card deposit equal to the Drop-Off or Pickup Base Rate + tax will be charged to finalize confirmation of a reservation.