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Oregon whitewater, Snake River

Wallowa county, Hells Canyon Dam to Washington Border section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS II-IV     71.5 miles
  The starting location is a reasonable drive from Lewiston, if you're not familiar with the area there's a road map further down the page. The rivers for whitewater rafting and kayaking here in Oregon are often tougher than in other states, so if you're visiting here do keep in mind that lots of rivers here are not for beginners. Getting a good workout and spending some quality time in nature will have you coming back for more. The beautiful
    scenery of Wallowa County and the cool fresh water have people coming here. The campgrounds here at Snake River are pretty good. The Hells Canyon Dam to Washington Border stretch of Snake River is 71.5 miles long and is
a class II-IV section of whitewater according to American Whitewater. There arenít any hotels right nearby but if you're willing to drive a short distance then no problem but if you donít have reservations you might end up sleeping in your car. A stretch of this length does require some preparations, so make sure you pack enough food along with your camping gear. Whether you're whitewater rafting or kayaking this is an area with not too  
many other rivers for that.

Briefly about the general area:
People from Imnaha love to come to Snake River, and delightful hiking is available along the Western Rim National Recreation Trail. Hiking is a popular thing to do around Snake River; Cook Creek Trail is a good local trail. Summertime brings highs in the 80's to Snake River. Once the sun is down it plunges down to the 50's. The wintertime brings highs down to the 30's, and nighttime lows in the 20's for Snake River. Snake River is mostly a relatively dry spot. Of all the months in a year May is the one with the most rain, and July is the month with the least moisture.

Snake River, Hells Canyon Dam to Washington Border 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:
Imnaha River, Wallowa County, 10 miles away
      Class III-IV - -blank- miles long (to Snake Lake)
Snake River, Nez Perce County, 12 miles away
      Class II - 47 miles long (Salmon River to Lewiston)
Snake River, Wallowa County, 19 miles away
      Class III-IV - 32 miles long (Hells Canyon Dam to Pittsburg Landing)
Snake River, Wallowa County, 20 miles away
      Class II-IV - 71.5 miles long (Hells Canyon Dam to Washington Border)
 Ski Areas Near Snake River:
Brundage Mountain, Idaho , 54 miles away, 1800 foot drop, 5 lifts, 46 runs
Tamarack, Idaho , 65 miles away, 2800 foot drop, 8 lifts, 42 runs
Bluewood, Washington , 76 miles away, 1125 foot drop, 3 lifts, 23 runs
Spout Springs, Oregon , 86 miles away, 600 foot drop, 2 lifts, 14 runs
 Hotels Near Snake River:
Bronze Antler Bed And Breakfas, Joseph , 32 miles away
Eagle Cap Chalets, Joseph , 32 miles away
Rimrock Inn, Enterprise , 34 miles away
Eagles View Inn And Suites, Enterprise , 35 miles away
Salmon Rapids Lodge, Riggins , 35 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Snake River:
Buckhorn, Imnaha, 7 miles away
Saddle Creek, Imnaha, 12 miles away
Vigne, Imnaha, 16 miles away
 Trails Near Snake River:
Western Rim National Recreation Trail, Wallowa , 13 miles away,  7.4 hiking miles, 1434 feet elevation difference
Cook Creek Trail, Wallowa , 13 miles away, 7.7 hiking miles, 4256 feet elevation difference
High Trail, Wallowa , 14 miles away,  18.2 hiking miles, 3735 feet elevation difference
Howard Cutoff Trail, Wallowa , 14 miles away,  3.6 hiking miles, 671 feet elevation difference
Summit Creek Trail, Wallowa , 17 miles away, 4.7 hiking miles, 3050 feet elevation difference
Cottonwood Creek Trail, Wallowa , 19 miles away, 13.5 hiking miles, 4338 feet elevation difference
 Public Lands Near Snake River:
Wallowa Lake State Park, Oregon , 32 miles away
Winchester Lake State Park, Idaho , 33 miles away
Fields Spring State Park, Washington , 34 miles away

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