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HELLS CANYON (HELLS CANYON DAM TO PITTSBURG LANDING)

Snake River - idaho
Updated Aug. 21, 2019, 7:30 a.m.
Class
III to IV
Hard
Length
31.5
Miles
Gradient
12.0
Feet / Mile
Status RUNNABLE
Streamflow 8760 cfs
Average 40000 cfs
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Current Weather 93° Hot
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Hells Canyon is the perfect final triumphal ending to the mighty Snake river before ultimately draining into the Columbia river.  The canyon is more than 8000 feet deep in places making this canyon deeper than the Grand Canyon.  This is big water in this canyon with lots of class Ii to IV rapids.  Combine excellent whitewater with great camping and scenery and you have a must do trip. Weather on the river today will be sunny and hot, with a high near 93. calm wind becoming west 5 to 8 mph in the afternoon.

This run is accessible from 13 public boat access points along the Snake River. The Hells Canyon (Hells Canyon Dam to Pittsburg Landing) is also ideal for multi day paddlers as the run features numerous campsites. Campers will find 99 riverside campsites as the run winds its way through 32 miles of the beautiful Snake River.

Season Begins: January & Ends: December



Streamflow Conditions

The Hells Canyon (Hells Canyon Dam to Pittsburg Landing) is currently runnable with streamflow levels at 8760cfs, about -76% below the average runnable rate of 40000cfs. Streamflow levels and subsequent run conditions for Hells Canyon (Hells Canyon Dam To Pittsburg Landing) are sourced from the USGS streamflow gage located at Snake River At Hells Canyon Dam Id-Or State Line.


Our recommended river levels for paddling this section of the Snake River are between a bare minimum of 6500cfs and a high of 82000cfs. Paddlers can expect to come across 63 class III to IV obstacles as they float down this 32 mile stretch of the Snake River.

Whitewater Rapids

Obstacle Class Elevation
Cliff Mountain Rapid Class II 1501.41 Feet
Brush Creek Rapid Class II 1443.0 Feet
Rocky Point Rapid Class II to II+ 1431.01 Feet
Wild Sheep Rapid Class IV 1401.28 Feet
Granite Rapid Class IV 1375.83 Feet
Three Creek Rapid Class II+ 1364.06 Feet
Doughty Rapid Class II 1358.86 Feet
Saddle Creek Rapid Class II to II+ 1354.58 Feet
Upper Bernard Creek Rapid Class II+ to III- 1341.87 Feet
Lower Bernard Creek Rapid Class III to IV 1337.27 Feet
Waterspout Rapid Class III to IV 1323.68 Feet
Rapid Class II 1317.04 Feet
Bills Creek Rapid Class II+ to III- 1313.03 Feet
Upper Sluice Creek Rapid Class II 1291.98 Feet
Sluice Creek Rapid Class II 1289.51 Feet
Rush Creek Rapid Class III to IV 1283.52 Feet
Pony Creek Rapid Class II to II+ 1278.85 Feet
Eagle Nest Rapid Class II 1266.08 Feet
Willow Creek Rapid Class II 1262.51 Feet
Alum Bed Rapid Class II 1260.65 Feet
High Bar Rapid Class II 1255.07 Feet
Little Bar Rapid Class II 1244.34 Feet
Hominy Creek Rapid Class II 1225.29 Feet
Slaughter Gulch Rapid Class II 1195.01 Feet
Yankee Bar Rapid Class II 1195.85 Feet
Upper Kirby Rapid Class II 1195.22 Feet
Middle Kirby Rapid Class II to III 1196.8 Feet
Lower Kirby Rapid Class II 1162.34 Feet
Unnamed Rapid Class II 1162.32 Feet
China Rapid Class II 1161.34 Feet
Durham Rapid Class II 1161.2 Feet
Upper Pittsburg Rapid Class II 1143.48 Feet
Middle Pittsburg Rapid Class II 1138.17 Feet
Hells Canyon (Hells Canyon Dam to Pittsburg Landing) Class II- to IV-
R - Rapid Class I
R - Saddle Creek Rapid Class I to IV+
R - Lower Bernard Creek Rapid Class I to IV+
R - Waterspout Rapid Class I to IV+
R - Rapid Class I to IV-
R - Bills Creek Rapid Class I to IV-
R - Upper Sluice Creek Rapid Class I to IV-
R - Sluice Creek Rapid Class I to IV
R - Rush Creek Rapid Class I to IV+
R - Pony Creek Rapid Class I to IV-
R - Eagle Nest Rapid Class I to IV-
R - Willow Creek Rapid Class I to IV-
R - Alum Bed Rapid Class I to IV-
R - High Bar Rapid Class I to IV+
R - Little Bar Rapid Class I to IV-
R - Hominy Creek Rapid Class I to IV
R - Slaughter Gulch Rapid Class I to IV-
R - Yankee Bar Rapid Class I to IV
R - Upper Kirby Rapid Class I to V-
R - Middle Kirby Rapid Class I to V
R - Lower Kirby Rapid Class I to IV+
R - Unnamed Rapid Class I to IV
R - China Rapid Class I to IV
R - Durham Rapid Class I to IV-
R - Upper Pittsburg Rapid Class I to IV-
R - Middle Pittsburg Rapid Class I to IV
C - Lower Quartz Creek Rapid Class I to IV
Historical Place - Temperance Creek Ranch Class I to V-
Historical Place - Kirkwood Ranch Class I to IV- Feet


Multi Day Camping

Campsite
Stud Creek Camp
Lamont Springs Camp
Square Beach Camp
Brush Creek Camp
Rocky Point Camp
Warm Springs Camp
Battle Creek Camp
Sand Dunes Camp
Birch Springs Camp
Wild Sheep Camp
Rocky Bar Camp
Upper and Lower Granite Creek Camps
Cache Creek Camp
Three Creek Camp
Oregon Hole Camp
Upper Dry Gulch Camp
Lower Dry Gulch Camp
Hastings Camp
Saddle Creek Camp
Bernard Creek Camp
Rush Creek Camp
Johnson Bar Landing Camp
Sheep Creek Camp
Steep Creek Camp
Yreka Bar Camp
Upper Sand Creek Camp
Willow Creek Camp
Pine Bar Camp
Upper Quartz Creek Camp
Lower Quartz Creek Rapid
Caribou Creek Camp
Dry Gulch Camp
Big Bar Camp
Big Bar Airstrip Camp
Upper and Lower Hominy Bar Camps
Salt Creek Camp
Two Corral Creek Camp
Cracie Bar Camp
Half Moon Bar Camp
Slaughter Gulch Camp
Kirkwood Bar Camps
Yankee Bar Camp
Russell Bar Camp
Cat Gulch Camp
Corral Creek Camp
Fish Trap Bar Camp
Upper Pittsburg Camp Sites
Wilson Eddy Camp
R - Upper Bernard Creek Rapid
C - Stud Creek Camp
C - Lamont Springs Camp
C - Square Beach Camp
C - Brush Creek Camp
C - Rocky Point Camp
C - Warm Springs Camp
C - Battle Creek Camp
C - Sand Dunes Camp
C - Birch Springs Camp
C - Wild Sheep Camp
C - Rocky Bar Camp
C - Upper and Lower Granite Creek Camps
C - Cache Creek Camp
C - Three Creek Camp
C - Oregon Hole Camp
C - Upper Dry Gulch Camp
C - Lower Dry Gulch Camp
C - Hastings Camp
C - Saddle Creek Camp
C - Bernard Creek Camp
C - Rush Creek Camp
C - Johnson Bar Landing Camp
C - Sheep Creek Camp
C - Steep Creek Camp
C - Yreka Bar Camp
C - Upper Sand Creek Camp
C - Willow Creek Camp
C - Pine Bar Camp
C - Upper Quartz Creek Camp
C - Caribou Creek Camp
C - Dry Gulch Camp
C - Big Bar Camp
C - Big Bar Airstrip Camp
C - Upper and Lower Hominy Bar Camps
C - Salt Creek Camp
C - Two Corral Creek Camp
C - Cracie Bar Camp
C - Half Moon Bar Camp
C - Slaughter Gulch Camp
C - Kirkwood Bar Camps
C - Yankee Bar Camp
C - Russell Bar Camp
C - Cat Gulch Camp
C - Corral Creek Camp
C - Fish Trap Bar Camp
C - Upper Pittsburg Camp Sites
C - Wilson Eddy Camp
Historical Place - McGaffee Cabin
Historical Place - McGrady's Lodge
Landmark - Airstrip

Weather Overview: 93° Today, Hot

Over the course of the next 5 days, weather conditions on the river are expected to range between Mostly sunny, with a high near 85. to sunny and hot, with a high near 96. calm wind becoming south southwest 5 to 7 mph in the afternoon. It doesn't look like there's any substantial snow forecasted this week with air temperatures ranging between 85° - 96°



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