Your Basecamp to Hells Canyon: The Lewis-Clark Valley

If you’re hunting for a taste of rugged and vast beauty, look no further than Hells Canyon, North America’s Deepest River Gorge, and the steep canyons carved out by the winding Snake River. The Wild and Scenic River is known for its breathtaking whitewater, abundant wildlife, stories of our ancestors and world-class fishing. You can’t just drive to the edge of Hells Canyon to view its majestic scenery. The canyon can be best seen from the Snake River aboard a guided jet boat tour.  

Your journey upriver begins in the beautiful Lewis-Clark Valley, known as the basecamp for Hells Canyon. The comfortable, durable tour boats are built out of welded aluminum and 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 bighorn sheep. The tour will stop on white, sandy beaches to allow you time to play in the water, eat lunch and take a trip back in time at the Kirkwood Historical Ranch.

Upon returning to the Valley, discover unique dining experiences at one of the local restaurants. From hand-rolled sushi to the local favorite bite-size steak to skillfully crafted cuisine, you’ll find something to satisfy your craving. Whether you prefer scenic views right next to the river or from the surrounding hills, you can always find picturesque backdrops for your dining experience.

For the adventurous palate, taste the Inland Pacific Northwest’s best kept wine secret, the Lewis-Clark Valley AVA. It is home to 16 vineyards and 10 wineries that are producing award-winning wines. Sip and tour your way with spectacular views at each winery with one of the  local wine guides. 


End your day with the comfort of home in one of the riverside hotels or RV campgrounds as you watch the sun set in the canyon. Whether you’re visiting for a Hells Canyon excursion, planning to tour the vineyards, or looking to escape and explore the area, the Lewis Clark Valley has you covered.

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