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Difficulty II
Length 46.3 Miles
Flow Range 8000 - 80000 CFS
Flow Rate as of: 1 hour ago 9250 [CFS]
Reach Info Last Updated 11/15/2018 8:54 pm

River Description

This is the last section of the Snake regularly used by whitewater boaters. Those who boat this section will be either continuing on downstream from Pittsburgh Landing which is the traditional take-out for Hell's Canyon trips or coming from the Salmon River where it joins the Snake.

This lower section of Hell's Canyon has some beautiful scenery and great beach camping especially downstream of the Salmon River confluence. You will be sharing the river with jet boats which during the peak of the summer season will always be in sight. There are several fun bigwater class II rapids with a couple featuring some great wave trains. 


You have a couple different options for this trip. You can start from Pittsburg Landing on the Snake River  located at river mile 215.0 (or if you are on Hell's Canyon trip just continue on downstream). This trip is also done as an extension of a Lower Salmon trip since there is no road access where the Salmon joins the Snake at river mile 188.2. Although there are a couple private ranch roads, the next public access to the Snake is just downstream of the confluence with the Grande Ronde on river left at river mile 168.7. This is the public boat launch at Heller Bar which also has overnight parking.  

Rapid Descriptions

Pleasant Valley Rapids

Class - II+ Mile - -213.5
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Warm Springs Rapids

Class - II+ Mile - -195.1
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Imnaha Rapids

Class - III Mile - -191.6
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Action Alert: Salmon Economic Analysis and Planning Act

Thomas O'Keefe

With the new Congress, we have a new chance to take action that will both recover endangered salmon in America’s Pacific Northwest and restore 140 miles of wild, free-flowing river. What’s good for salmon is also good for paddlers, and, it turns out, good for national taxpayers, too. Take action today to support HR 1507 Salmon Economic Analysis and Planning Act (SEAPA).
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Idaho Proposes Registration Fee for Non-Motorized Boats

John Gangemi

<?xml:namespace prefix = st1 ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags" />Idaho is proposing a $13 registration fee for non-motorized boats greater than 7 feet in length. Under this registration fee proposal all kayaks and rafts on Idaho waters would be required to have a registration sticker fixed to the bow of each boat greater than 7 feet in length. Stickers would not be transferable between boats. Out of state boaters would be required to comply as well.

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Can You Taste Victory?

American Whitewater

FERC revokes Preliminary Permit for
hydropower project on Boundary Creek in
Northern Idaho.

Thomas O'Keefe


Carla Miner


Revision #Revision DateAuthorComment
1198946 12/04/10 Thomas O'Keefe abstract edit
1198933 12/04/10 Thomas O'Keefe copy edits
1199368 02/27/11 Thomas O'Keefe copy edits
1199372 02/27/11 Thomas O'Keefe permit link added
1200921 01/06/12 Thomas O'Keefe permit edit
1202980 01/03/14 Thomas O'Keefe gage added
1207040 12/05/16 Thomas O'Keefe permit updated
1210529 11/15/18 Thomas O'Keefe river permit link updated
1190428 08/13/05 Carla Miner n/a