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Hells Canyon Shuttle, Inc
Located in:
Oxbow, OR

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Hells Canyon Whitewater Kayaking & Canoeing Trip on the Snake River

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Hells Canyon Info
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Put In:  Hells Canyon Dam
Take Out:  Heller Bar
Difficulty:  Class III
Gradient:  8 ft/mi
Run Length:  79 miles
Current Streamflow:  13300 cfs @ 12/14/2016 09:30 AM - SNAKE RIVER AT HELLS CANYON DAM ID-OR STATE LINE, reading taken from USGS
Flow Information (phone):  800-521-9102 in Idaho; 800-422-3143
Good Level:  5,000-40,000 cfs
Streamflow Comments: 
Season Comments:  April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November
Primary Season: 
Permit:  Required from Hells Canyon Dam to Rush Creek (mile 16). Apply December 1 through January 31; lottery held in February. Maximum group size of 30.
Character/Similar To:  Large volume river with big waves and rapids that flows through massive, narrow canyons. Pleasant float with a few rapids below Pittsburg Landing. This lower section often becomes crowded.
Water Craft:  kayak,wwcan,raft
Land Ownership:  Mostly public
Wilderness:  Yes
Camping on River:  No camping at Hells Canyon put-in. Camping is mostly on grassy benches above the river. Good beaches below the Salmon confluence. Campfires prohibited July 1-September 15.
Location:  In the Rocky Mtn Region (ID,OR), 150 miles Northwest of Boise
Shuttle Logistics: 

Put-in: Just below Hells Canyon Dam on the Idaho-Oregon border, some 22 miles north of Copperfield, Oregon via Hwy 71.

Take-out: Go south on Idaho 71 to Cambridge, north on US 95 to Lewiston, south on Washington 129 to Asotin, then upriver on the paved and gravel road along the Snake some 23 miles to the Heller Bar or Grande Ronde boat ramps.

Hells Canyon on the Snake River

Last Edited by josho on 5/2/2011

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