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Hells Canyon Facts explains how large the area is, what rivers run through the area and other frequently asked questions.
What is the size of Hells Canyon National Recreation Area? 652,488 acres, of which 214,944 acres comprise the Hells Canyon Wilderness Area.
Who administers the National Recreation Area? The HCNRA lies within three forests systems: the Wallowa-Whitman, Nez Pierce and Payette National Forests. Its operation is overseen by the Wallowa-Whitman National Forest.
Who created the HCNRA? The NRA was established by Congress on December 31, 1975 as the result of efforts by Senator Frank Church and supporters. Senator Church also spearheaded the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act in 1968, resulting in the designation of the Snake, Imnaha and Rapid rivers as Wild and Scenic rivers.
Which Wild and Scenic rivers lie within the boundaries of the HCNRA? The Snake, Imnaha and Rapid Rivers
What is the elevation range of the HCNRA? He Devil Mountain is the highest point in the NRA at 9,393. Its peak towers 7,913 feet above the river.
Where is the best place to observe the depth of the gorge? At Hat Point Lookout (6,982 feet), the highest point on the canyon's rim.
What is the length and width of the Snake River within the HCNRA? Approximately 71 miles long and 10 miles wide.
Other Helpful Facts:
There are two recreation seasons for HCNRA: Primary (Memorial Day weekend to early September) and Secondary (early September to Memorial Day weekend). Reservations and permits are necessary for river rafting on the Wild portion of the Snake River. There are generally three private launch permits issued per day (outfitters have special use permits).
River rafters should allow 2-3 days to float from Hells Canyon Creek Recreation Site to Pittsburg Landing and 4-6 days from the recreation site to Heller Bar.
Best selection of books on the Northwest.
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...
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...
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
Point Lodge, along the Snake River in Idaho.
Includes over 50 full-color photographs of wonder and awe. Order now...
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