is often called Idaho’s banana belt because of its low elevation and mild
winter temperatures. Hells Gate State Park, just outside Lewiston, includes
200 developed acres that border the Snake River.
A large beach, play area and miles of hiking and biking trails make the park a popular destination. A covered shelter and group-use area can accommodate 300 people and may be reserved for family outings, weddings, club meetings or company picnics. The hills are perfect for horseback or mountain bike riding. Horse-trailer parking is available at the trailhead.
There are 93 campsites within 100 yards of the Snake River, offering shade trees and grass. Power and water hookups are available at 64 sites. All sites include picnic tables and barbecue grills. There are modern restrooms with showers and a nearby dump station.
Campsites can be reserved by
The Snake River is perfect for personal watercraft, jet boats, power boats and water skiing. Hells Gate Marina has more than 100 slips available on a daily to yearly basis. There is also a public boat launch, store, restrooms and plenty of parking.
Your Trip into Hells Canyon
The Snake River winds through Hells Canyon, one of the deepest gorges in North America, providing outstanding recreational opportunities and spectacular scenery. Outfitters offer jet boat trips into the canyon. For breathtaking excitement, ask about raft or dory float trips through this magnificent river corridor.
Fishing and Wildlife
Anglers come from all around to enjoy the famous steelhead runs of the Snake, Salmon and Clearwater rivers. The steelhead season usually runs through the fall and winter. Smallmouth bass, catfish, trout and sturgeon provide excitement in the spring and summer.
Pheasant, quail, chukar, hawks, geese, ducks, owls and cottontail rabbits are common residents. Eagles, pelicans, herons, swans, deer, otter and even bighorn sheep are known to visit.
Lewis and Clark visited this area on their journey to find an inland waterway to the Pacific. This is Nez Perce country. Many petroglyphs (carved into rocks) and pictographs (painted on rocks) tell the story of Native Americans.
Location: On Snake River, Lewiston, ID
Mailing Address: 3620 Snake River Avenue, Lewiston, ID 83501 Phone:
(office) 208-799-5016 (marina)
- Is Hells Canyon worth
- Very much so! Rangers can tell you how to take a jet boat ride into the
- When will the road to the park be fixed?
The road is now open. No detours!