Hells Canyon Access Points
Heavens Gate Horses
Points of Interest
Rafting Guides and Outfitters Listed by River:
Due to the impressive height of this 6,000+ foot-high canyon, access to the Snake River is limited inside the Hells Canyon National Recreation Area. Paved and unpaved boat launches can be found at limited points along the canyon. There are a number of landing points along the river for disembarking, although many of these locations are not accessible by road. Limited road access within the NRA makes it difficult to launch from locations other than designated launch sites. Swift currents in certain parts of this Class III/IV river can create perilous conditions for swimming.
Dug Bar Landing, at the northern end of the NRA, at river mile 196.6, marks the site of the famous crossing that was made by the Nez Perce in the spring of 1877, while fleeing capture by the U.S. Calvary. The bar has an unimproved boat launch and is accessible by high clearance 4x4 vehicles. There is toilet but no water access.
Pittsburg Landing (r.m. 216.3) is a popular paved launch site south of Dug Bar. The landing (famous for nearby Native American petroglyphs) is accessible by Forest Road 493. The Snake River National Recreation Trail links the landing point with Granite Creek and trail #112, 27 miles south of Pittsburg Landing.
The Hells Canyon Boat Ramp, at r.m. 227, can be reached by paved road on Forest Road 454. It is also the access point to the Stud Creek Trail.
There are also a number of points south of the NRA that afford good access to the calmer waters of Oxbow and Brownlee Reservoirs, south of the NRA. Boat ramps, swimming areas and trails are accessible at several points along the shoreline.
Best selection of books on the Northwest.
Snake River of Hells Canyon by Johnny Carrey, John Carrey and Cort Conley. Organized by miles headed downriver from Hells Canyon dam, this is a colorful chronicle of canyon history. A must read for anyone visiting Hells Canyon, whether by boat, on horseback or a foot. Order now...
Hiking Hells Canyon & Idaho's Seven Devils Mountains (Regional Hiking Series) by Fred Barstad. Use this guide for up-to-date trail information, accurate directions to popular as well as less-traveled trails, difficulty ratings for each hike, detailed trail maps, and zero-impact camping tips. Order now...
Island and Rapids: A Geological Story of Hells Canyon by Tracy Vallier. This book, written by a world-class scientist tells the geologic history of the deepest gorge in North America. Also included is a mile by mile guide to the Canyon's features as well as photographs. Order now...
Idaho the Whitewater State by Grant Amaral (Author), Laura Andrews (Editor, Illustrator), Doug Ammons (Designer, Editor), Mary Williams (Author). The complete guidebook to the rivers of Idaho. Containing over 100 different runs, 100 maps, 16 color and 52 black and white photos, The Whitewater State is the best-selling Idaho guidebook. Order now...
River: Reflections of Hells Canyon by Betsy McGreer. Journey into Hells
Canyon with poet/photographer Betsy McGreer. Enjoy the four seasons-night &
day-as never before. Their healing powers will touch your heart and soul as
Betsy's words and images display Nature's strength and tranquility at Stoney
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