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Snake River - Hell's Canyon

Basics
Location:
In the Hells Canyon National Recreation Area, along the west central border of Idaho.
River:
Snake River
Class:
Class III - V
River Length
64 miles
Time:
1 to 3 days
Season:
April to October

Description

Hells Canyon is the deepest river gorge in America, with the rugged peaks of the Seven Devil and Wallowa Mountains rising well over a mile above the rushing Snake River below. The river creates thrilling Class III and IV rapids as it loses the last of its mountain altitude during the early stretches, then settles down a little as it continues through this striking gorge.

Once the river slows down, it’s easier to appreciate the federally protected landscape here. Basalt and granite cliffs stretch up from the riverbed on both sides. Wildlife such as deer, elk, mountain goats, and bighorn sheep can often be seen, and the river itself is home to smallmouth bass and rainbow trout. Hundreds of pieces of ancient rock art left by the Nez Perce Indians can be seen throughout the Hell’s Canyon area, demonstrating that this place has been impressing people for thousands of years.

Depending on which sections of the gorge are rafted, trips can last from 1 to 3 days. Powerboat trips up the river from Lewiston are a popular alternative for visitors at the north end of the gorge.

Tour Companies

  • Salmon River, Snake River, Hells-Canyon-National-Recreation-Area
  • Rafting
  • 866-904-1161

Western River Expeditions Idaho River runners at any level of experience are bound to find the right rafting trip with Western River Expeditions. If you've never run a river or slept outdoors, you are like many of our guests. Relax. We design our trips to be comfortable and accessible to most everyone, regardless of experience. After all, this is your vacation.

  • Outdoor Adventure Leader
  • Rafting
  • 800-451-6034

ROW Adventures We are Idaho rafting! Why are we different? Famous gourmet meals, hand-selected interpretive guides, just relax-we set up the kitchen and campsite, and we are the only outfitter with over 30 years of first-class rafting vacations on the Middle Fork Salmon, Lower Salmon, Snake River in Hells Canyon and a dozen others. Choose us today!

River Details

Setting:
Dramatic canyon gorge
Class:
Class III - V
River Length
64 miles
Time
1 to 3 days
Season:
April to October
Guides Available?
Yes

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