From the northwest corner of Wyoming the Snake River meanders just over 1,000 miles through Wyoming, Idaho, Oregon and Washington, and drains into the Columbia River. There are many different sections of the Snake to float but one of the iconic stretches is Hells Canyon. Hailing as the deepest canyon in North America, yes even deeper than the Grand Canyon, this river canyon doesn't disappoint those looking for rafting, kayaking, canoeing, hiking, fishing, hunting, and even jet boating.

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Hells Canyon is a great place if you are looking for some big water multi-day fun. If you are looking at a summer time float apply in December as it is part of the Four Rivers Lottery System. If you are looking for a few less people plan and don't mind the possibility of a little weather plan your trip for spring of fall.

Hells Canyon of the Snake River

Hells Canyon of the Snake River

Trip Highlights

Mile 0: Put-in just below Hells Canyon Dam.
Mile 5.4: After a couple warm up rapids your first major rapid is Wild Sheep Rapids (IV). There are a couple different lines depending on water levels and it can be scouted on the left.
Mile 7.6: The next rapid of note is Granite Rapids (IV) not far down stream.
Mile 11.5: Upper Bernard (III)
Mile 11.9: Lower Bernard (III)
Mile 26.2: The historic Kirkwood Ranch is a great stop for a little look into life on the river in the 1930s. Just down stream is some great camping options.
Mile 31.7: Take-out at Pittsburg Landing on the right