About Gradient

Family-run, Focused on Community

Gradient first opened its doors in August 2004 in a rustic little blacksmith shop-turned-paddler hang out at the east end of main street. At the time, we were mostly interested in providing a means to get great boats and gear for local kayakers and exploring the waters in northwest Wyoming.

Today we are more centrally located downtown in the midst of all the hubbub and still provide great boats and gear for local as well as visiting paddlers. We've added to our fleet (stand up paddle boards are HUGE and kayak fishing is taking off!) and our family, and we are still focused on exploring the remarkable waters of the Greater Yellowstone region and beyond. Rentals, instruction and guided trips have become cornerstones of our business. Activities like Paddle Like a Girl and the Wild West Paddle Club help introduce dozens of new paddlers to the sports of kayaking and stand up paddleboarding each year. And we couldn't be more excited!

What do we do? We paddle a lot! Maybe too much when sometimes we should be tending to other things, but we're out there doing our research. We know our local waters - whether it's the Shoshone that winds through town or the great, scenic lakes surrounding us - and we know the products we sell or rent inside and out. Come in and bend our ear to find out more. We can't wait to share our excitement with you.

Where do we do it? Cody is a thriving community located just 52 miles from the East Gate to Yellowstone National Park. With multigenerational roots in the community, we believe in access to our public lands and providing opportunities to get out and enjoy them fully. Let's go paddle!

  • American Canoe Association Whitewater Kayak Level IV

  • American Canoe Association SUP Level III Instructor

  • Swiftwater Rescue

  • American Red Cross CPR & First Aid

  • Wilderness First Aid

  • Outdoor Emergency Care

  • Wild West Paddle Club Director & Instructor

  • Wild West River Fest Organizers

  • Northwest College Health, Outdoor & PE Adjunct Faculty

I love this store! Thank you, Andy, for helping me get back on the water, and getting my friends stoked on it, too. With cheap rentals on everything it's easy to get on the river!


Cody, WY

A great shop for kayak gear or rentals. We rented 2 kayaks for the day and Andy even drove us out to the river. We had a great time on the water, in the shop, and I would come back anytime.



Andy Quick is an excellent instructor. He watches your every move and calmly corrects as you go, plus instills confidence with his valuable, spot-on critique and positive feedback. Additionally, his comfort and skills in water look effortless. Aspire!

Beverly Ann

Columbus, GA

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