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Idaho whitewater, Snake River

Wallowa county, Hells Canyon Dam to Pittsburg Landing section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS III-IV     32 miles
  The starting location is a short drive from Lewiston, if you're not familiar with the area there's a road map further down the page. The average Idaho whitewater rafting or kayaking river tends to be harder to run than those in other states, so if you're not from around here don't forget that rivers here are less forgiving. This stretch of Snake River in Idaho is 32 miles long and it is classified as a class III-IV section by American
    Whitewater. A bit of exercise and a chance to spend some time outdoors are great attractions for lots of people. Some people prefer whitewater rafting and some kayaking, either way this area has a large number of paddling
spots. There are campgrounds quite near the river where you can camp. There arenít any hotels right nearby but if you're willing to drive a short distance then no problem but do book a room before you come because it is a very popular destination. A section like this is is of course not run in a single day, so it looks like you will be camping out. The nature scenery of Wallowa County and the cool fresh water make the trip here worthwhile.  
There are so many stretches to paddle in this river system, the Hells Canyon Dam to Pittsburg Landing stretch is just one of many. The beauty of the Wallowa Mountains is a great plus for this river.

Briefly about the general area:
If the weather is nice here at Snake River, you can go for a hike along the High Trail. A journey to Snake River wouldn't be complete without taking a look at Sluice Creek Rapids. Weinheimer Gulch is a magnificent site to spend some time at; Bills Creek Rapids is an inspiring location to check out while here. A river like this is too good to miss. The Heavens Gate Trail is a nice hiking trail right next door to Snake River.

Snake River, Hells Canyon Dam to Pittsburg Landing road map
Printable road map with the put-in and take-out locations clearly marked.


Detailed Map

Stats for this river stretch

Local weather forecast

These outdoors activities are available near Snake River.
 Whitewater Near Snake River:
Snake River, Wallowa County, 12 miles away
      Class III-IV - 32 miles long (Hells Canyon Dam to Pittsburg Landing)
Snake River, Wallowa County, 12 miles away
      Class II-IV - 71.5 miles long (Hells Canyon Dam to Washington Border)
Whitewater Outfitter - Northwest Voyageurs, Idaho County, 16 miles away
      Whitewater outfitter
Whitewater Outfitter - Brundage Mountain Rafting, Idaho County, 19 miles away
      Whitewater outfitter
Whitewater Outfitter - Exodus Wilderness Adventures, Idaho County, 19 miles away
      Whitewater outfitter
Imnaha River, Wallowa County, 22 miles away
      Class III-IV - -blank- miles long (to Snake Lake)
Little Salmon River, Idaho/ Adams County, 23 miles away
      Class II-V - 20 miles long (Hazard Creek to Salmon River at Riggins)
Salmon River, Idaho County, 24 miles away
      Class II-IV - 50 miles long (White Bird to Snake River confluence)
Hazard Creek, Idaho County, 24 miles away
      Class III-IV - 1 miles long (Hard Creek to Little Salmon confluence)
Snake River, Nez Perce County, 25 miles away
      Class II - 47 miles long (Salmon River to Lewiston)
 Ski Areas Near Snake River:
Brundage Mountain, Idaho , 36 miles away, 1800 foot drop, 5 lifts, 46 runs
Tamarack, Idaho , 49 miles away, 2800 foot drop, 8 lifts, 42 runs
Bogus Basin, Idaho , 88 miles away, 1800 foot drop, 7 lifts, 52 runs
Bluewood, Washington , 93 miles away, 1125 foot drop, 3 lifts, 23 runs
 Hotels Near Snake River:
Salmon Rapids Lodge, Riggins , 19 miles away
Shore Lodge, McCall , 41 miles away
Americas Best Value Inn And Suites McCall, McCall , 43 miles away
Holiday Inn Express & Suites MCCALL, McCall , 43 miles away
Best Western Plus McCall Lodge & Suites, McCall , 43 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Snake River:
Buck Park Cabin - Payette National Forest, Mccall, 2 miles away
Seven Devils Campground, Idaho County, 7 miles away
Windy Saddle Campground, Idaho County, 7 miles away
 Trails Near Snake River:
High Trail, Wallowa , 4 miles away,  18.2 hiking miles, 3735 feet elevation difference
Western Rim National Recreation Trail, Wallowa , 10 miles away,  7.4 hiking miles, 1434 feet elevation difference
Summit Creek Trail, Wallowa , 15 miles away, 4.7 hiking miles, 3050 feet elevation difference
Heavens Gate Trail, Idaho , 6 miles away
Old Boise Trail, Idaho , 8 miles away
Red Ledge Trail, Adams , 12 miles away
Deep Creek Trail, Adams , 13 miles away
Sheep Rock National Recreation Trail, Adams , 13 miles away
 Public Lands Near Snake River:
Winchester Lake State Park, Idaho , 39 miles away
 Lakes Near Snake River
Sheep Lake, Idaho , 6 miles away
Seven Devils Lake, Idaho , 7 miles away
Papoose Lake, Idaho , 8 miles away

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