The Northwest’s Natural Attraction

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Explore Hells Canyon, North America’s deepest river gorge, and the Snake River that winds through the canyon. Hells Canyon offers scenic vistas that rival any on the continent. World-class whitewater boating. Spectacular mountain peaks. Vast reaches of remote wilderness. Diverse and abundant wildlife. Artifacts from prehistoric tribes and rustic remains of early miners and settlers.

Hop aboard a guided jet boat tour as they depart from Lewiston, Idaho and Clarkston, Washington. The comfortable, durable tour boats are built right here in the Lewis-Clark Valley out of welded aluminum and are engineered to maneuver the rapids and rugged canyon conditions with ease. Your tour guides will regale you with tales of the native Nez Perce Indians, of steamboats sinking and mining communities. They’ll point out petroglyphs, blue heron, eagles and big horn sheep. The tour will stop on white, sandy beaches to allow you time to play in the water, eat lunch and walk through a historical museum at Kirkwood Historical Ranch.

Spring rains and snow-melt bring the canyon’s sparse vegetation to life in the spring. By the middle of the summer, you can expect to have very hot, dry weather and terrific swimming. Hells Canyon boasts excellent fishing for small-mouth bass and North America’s largest fresh water fish, the great white sturgeon, which can reach lengths of up to eight feet. You can’t take one home, but catching one could be the highlight of your trip.

The Hells Canyon National Recreation Area hugs the borders of northeastern Oregon and western Idaho. This national showcase holds 652,488 acres of beauty and adventure, where you can let your senses run as wild as the landscape. Hells Canyon truly offers something for everyone, and much to remember. Find your guide and start planning your once-in-a-lifetime Hells Canyon adventure!

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