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Hells Canyon National Recreation Area

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Address: Lewiston, ID
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Activities: Horseback riding, Fishing, Hunting, Hiking, Driving
Description: The deepest river gorge in North America, Hells Canyon is accessible by...
The deepest river gorge in North America, Hells Canyon is accessible by jet boat or raft. Those who explore this rugged wilderness will find ancient tribal carvings in the rocks, deserted ranches and closed-up gold mines.
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Beautiful scenery

Great Jet Boat Trip through beautiful remote canyons. Lots of historical land markings and indian culture.

5 of 5 starsReviewed February 18, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

Great Jet Boat Trip through beautiful remote canyons. Lots of historical land markings and indian culture.

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Lewiston
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

I have lived and recreated here for the last 20 years. The Hells Canyon National Scenic Recreation Area is simply awesome. There are so many things to do and see! Fishing, rafting, boating, hunting, birdwatching, hiking, or just taking in the rugged scenic beauty of Hells Canyon. One trip will not be enough, you'll want to come again!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2015

Going against the current can be refreshing, and invigorating! In the spring the Snake River in Hells Canyon flows up to 80,000 cubic feet per second, which works out to over 600,000 gallons per second! Boating on top of this rushing river in the deepest gorge in North America anytime of the year will create memories that will be imprinted... More 

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Lambertville, New Jersey
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2014

As a stop on a Columbia/Snake river cruise, we did a jetboat ride, four hours, into Hells Canyon National Recreation Area. It's absolutely beautiful, if somewhat barren. Noticed the Idaho side was burned, for miles, due to a lightning strike this summer. We went in fall, so not quite the same as if we were there in summer for the... More 

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Knoxville, Tennessee
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2014

We drove to the Hells Canyon Dam and wondered at the sheer beauty of the canyon, the lake and the beginning of the river adventurers. This was well worth the drive to see a continuing sequence of vistas and scenic venues.

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Edmonton, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014

Advise to take a river excursion to take full advantage of this area. Most of the history is on the river. Fascinating. If you are a rafter, this is the place for you - Class 1 through 5! Exciting time. River is clean, beautiful and has many lovely sandy beaches along it.

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Sequim, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014

Great trip, interesting, fun. Good tour company. The operators were informed, interesting and professional.

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Lewiston, Idaho, United States
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27 reviews 27 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2013

Love having this wonderful area just at my doorstep. Not literally but there is fishing hiking you name it. I love to fish with my husband and bass stealhead you name it. great fun

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Port Angeles, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2013

Great staff in visitors center, even filled my husband's new coffee cup. Clean, clearly marked trails.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2013

My white water rafting days are over so Beamers Jet Boat Tours was the next best choice. The boats are large, powerful with all the comforts; bench seating,covered top, open windows, bathroom and a smooth dry ride. I took the full day trip which is 200 miles round trip. Several stops along the way. Besides the amazing gorge we saw... More 

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