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Hells Gate Snapshot

Location
120  miles S of Coeur d Alene, ID
136 miles E of Kennewick, WA
110 miles S of Spokane, WA
270 Miles N of Boise, ID
 
Acreage
960
 
Elevation
733
 
Open
Year-round 
 
Overnight
29 standard, 51 serviced, 3 ADA campsites, 8 cabins (1 ADA)
 
Amenities
Flush toilets, showers, dump station, electricity
 
Boating
Ramp, marina, docks
 
Activities
Camp, picnic, hike, mountain bike, cycle, fish, boat, swim, water sports, wildlife viewing, horseback riding, jet boat trips into Hells Canyon, First Time Adventure Program
 
Groups
Group shelters, camp, amphitheater, conference rooms
  
Trails
Hike, bike, horse; hard path
 
Wildlife
Steelhead, smallmouth bass, catfish, trout, sturgeon; waterfowl, pelicans, herons, swans, deer, otter, bighorn sheep
 
Learn
Lewis and Clark Discovery Center (with displays, movies about Corp of Discovery and Nez Perce Tribe), Jack O'Connor Hunting Heritage Education Center
 
Nearby
Golf, hang gliding, hot air ballooning, helicopter tours, Nez Perce history, outfitted fishing and hunting trips, national recreation areas and trails
 
Rent or buy
Rent kayaks, purchase gifts, souvenirs and disc golf supplies for purchase at Visitors Center Nature Store
 
WiFi
Yes. WiFi is available in the Aspen and Birch camping loops and the Lewis and Clark Discovery Center.
 
GPS
46.36917, -117.05444

 

Hells Gate lies on river bottom left over from the great ice age floods about 15,000 years ago. At the south end of the park are basaltic columns from the Pomona flows 14 million years ago. Hells Gate State Park was once the site of a Nez Perce Village. Little is left of the village, but depressions south of the campground are the remnants of pit houses used for years by the Nez Perce as they fished for lamprey near Astoin Creek.

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Hells Gate Fees

 

Motor Vehicle Entry Fee

$5 per vehicle

Serviced camp site

$24-$31 per night

Standard camp site

$12-$21 per night

Cabins

$50-$60 per night

 

Fees do not include sales tax

 

 


Welcome to Hells Gate State Park

How does a jet boat ride up the Snake River in one of North America's deepest canyons sound?  Or reeling in a steelhead fish, picnicking under shade trees on the banks of the river or a leisurely bike ride on the Clearwater and Snake River trail?  Hells Gate State Park has all this to offer and more.
Quiet and grassy campsites along the shores of the Snake River await campers at Hells Gate.  The park is situated at the lowest elevation in Idaho.  At just 733 feet above sea level, the long season of warm weather gives rise to Lewiston's reputation as Idaho's Banana Belt.

 


Hells Gate State Park

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5100 Hells Gate Road , Lewiston, ID 83501

 

Download Hells Gate Maps

Location Map
Year-Round Trail Map


Links and Events at Hells Gate

Lewis and Clark traveled through this area during their journey to discover an inland waterway to the Pacific Ocean. The Lewis and Clark Discovery Center is located in Hells Gate State Park featuring indoor and outdoor displays and a film describing the journey of Lewis and Clark through Idaho.  The Center is a two acre outdoor interpretive plaza on the banks of the Snake River with a beautiful moving stream with sculptures by artist Rip Caswell. While you're at the center, don't miss the 32-minute movie called "From the mountains to the sea: Lewis and Clark in Idaho" and be sure to stop by the Lewis and Clark gift shop.

Marina Access and Boating

The Snake River is perfect for personal watercraft, jet boats, power boats and water skiing. Hells Gate Marina offers more than 100 slips on a daily to yearly basis with boat fuel and moorage, as well as a public boat launch, convenience store, restrooms and plenty of parking. Boat rentals are also available. Contact the Hells Canyon Resort for additional information.  

The Nez Perce National Historic Park

The Nez Perce National Historic Park is just a short drive from Hells Gate, with fascinating displays of artifacts and a glimpse of the traditional life of the Nez Perce people.

Jack O'Connor Hunting Heritage and Education Center

The Jack O'Conner Hunting Heritage and Education Center displays the hunting trophies of outdoor writer and conservatinist Jack O'Connor and tells the story of American's hunting heritage.  

 

See video

The Idaho State Parks Passport: Your State Park Saving Option!

The Idaho State Parks Passport allows Idaho motorists to support Idaho State Parks by agreeing to pay an additional $10 in conjunction with renewing their license plates through the Idaho Transportation Department (ITD) and County Department of Motor Vehicle (DMV) Offices.  The Passport sticker allows participating Idahoans unlimited daytime entry to Idaho state parks, IDPR operated recreation areas and boating access sites. The Passport will also provide nightly discounts on camping.  

When you pay the additional $10 for your passport, you'll receive a sticker that will adhere to your motor vehicle.  The sticker will provide unlimited access to all 30 state parks for the entire registration year.  

Out-of-state guests will have a savings option too, with the purchase of an Idaho State Park Motor Vehicle Entry Fee (MVEF) Annual.

 

What Will $10 Buy You and Your Family?

  • Admittance to all 30 Idaho State Parks for a year
  • Hundreds of miles of hiking, cycling, mountain biking and Nordic trails
  • Your favorite boat launches
  • Countless historical and cultural sites within your state parks

Good for Idaho, Good for Idahoans!

Idaho‘s State Park Passport is simply a sustainable way to pay for the maintenance and management of Idaho’s 30 cherished state parks.  For those Idahoans who choose to participate in the program, the Idaho State Parks Passport sticker will replace the $5 per motor vehicle entry fee currently in place at state parks while also providing nightly discounts on camping.  

Out of State Guests

Our out-of-state guests have savings options too! You can purchase a $40 Motor Vehicle Entry Fee (MVEF) Annual and receive access to all of Idaho's State Parks and nightly discounts on camping. MVEF Annuals can be purchased at any Idaho State Park and online.

 


Idaho's First Time Adventure Program

Have you always wanted to camp outdoors, bike, fish or engage in paddle sport, but didn’t know the basics, have the proper equipment, or even know where to go?  Our First Time Adventure Program brings families and the great outdoors together!  We host a fun-filled, outdoor experience for first-time adventurers. Our park's knowledgeable and friendly staff will provide you with gear, show you the ropes and make sure you have fun in the process.

          

Participating State Parks

Castle Rocks State Park

COMING SOON: Castle Rocks State Park will offer an introductory fishing program for all ages.  Equipment available. Contact the park directly to participate: (208)824-5519

Hells Gate State Park
Hells Gate State Park offers several first time programs including introductory classes on camping, mountain biking and fishing. Equipment is avaliable for use. Contact the park for details: (208)799-5015.

Lake Cascade State Park
Lake Cascade State Park offers introductory programs for both first time campers and paddlers. Camping and paddling equipment is available for use. Contact the park for details: (208)382-6544.

Lucky Peak State Park
COMING SOON: Lucky Peak State Park will offer introductory outdoor recreation skills programs specific to fishing, camping and dutch oven cooking. Equipment will be available at the park for use. Contact the park directly for details (208)334-2432.

Lake Walcott State Park
COMING SOON: Lake Walcott State Park will offer a first time fishing program for all ages. Instruction provided and equipment will be available for use. Contact the park for details: (208)436-1258.

Massacre Rocks State Park
Massacre Rocks State Park offers a intensive water sports safety programs for all ages and skill levels including first time canoeing and kayaking classes. Vessels and safety equipment available for use. Contact the park for details: (208)548-2672.

Priest Lake State Park
Priest Lake State Park offers several first time adventure programs including first time camping, Dutch Oven cooking, snow shoeing and water sports. Equipment available for use. Contact the park for details: (208)443-2200.  

Winchester Lake State Park

COMING SOON: Winchester Lake State Park will offer a first time fishing program, complete with an end-of-year tournament, for all ages. Equipment is available for use. Contact the park for details: (208)924-7563.

 

First Time Adventure Programs within Idaho's State Parks are generously sponsored by:

 

Hells Gate Snapshot

Location
120  miles S of Coeur d Alene, ID
136 miles E of Kennewick, WA
110 miles S of Spokane, WA
270 Miles N of Boise, ID
 
Acreage
960
 
Elevation
733
 
Open
Year-round 
 
Overnight
29 standard, 51 serviced, 3 ADA campsites, 8 cabins (1 ADA)
 
Amenities
Flush toilets, showers, dump station, electricity
 
Boating
Ramp, marina, docks
 
Activities
Camp, picnic, hike, mountain bike, cycle, fish, boat, swim, water sports, wildlife viewing, horseback riding, jet boat trips into Hells Canyon, First Time Adventure Program
 
Groups
Group shelters, camp, amphitheater, conference rooms
  
Trails
Hike, bike, horse; hard path
 
Wildlife
Steelhead, smallmouth bass, catfish, trout, sturgeon; waterfowl, pelicans, herons, swans, deer, otter, bighorn sheep
 
Learn
Lewis and Clark Discovery Center (with displays, movies about Corp of Discovery and Nez Perce Tribe), Jack O'Connor Hunting Heritage Education Center
 
Nearby
Golf, hang gliding, hot air ballooning, helicopter tours, Nez Perce history, outfitted fishing and hunting trips, national recreation areas and trails
 
Rent or buy
Rent kayaks, purchase gifts, souvenirs and disc golf supplies for purchase at Visitors Center Nature Store
 
WiFi
Yes. WiFi is available in the Aspen and Birch camping loops and the Lewis and Clark Discovery Center.
 
GPS
46.36917, -117.05444

 

Hells Gate lies on river bottom left over from the great ice age floods about 15,000 years ago. At the south end of the park are basaltic columns from the Pomona flows 14 million years ago. Hells Gate State Park was once the site of a Nez Perce Village. Little is left of the village, but depressions south of the campground are the remnants of pit houses used for years by the Nez Perce as they fished for lamprey near Astoin Creek.

See all Hells Gate events

Hells Gate Fees

 

Motor Vehicle Entry Fee

$5 per vehicle

Serviced camp site

$24-$31 per night

Standard camp site

$12-$21 per night

Cabins

$50-$60 per night

 

Fees do not include sales tax

 

 

Welcome to Hells Gate State Park

How does a jet boat ride up the Snake River in one of North America's deepest canyons sound?  Or reeling in a steelhead fish, picnicking under shade trees on the banks of the river or a leisurely bike ride on the Clearwater and Snake River trail?  Hells Gate State Park has all this to offer and more.
Quiet and grassy campsites along the shores of the Snake River await campers at Hells Gate.  The park is situated at the lowest elevation in Idaho.  At just 733 feet above sea level, the long season of warm weather gives rise to Lewiston's reputation as Idaho's Banana Belt.

 

Hells Gate State Park

Javascript is required to view this map.
5100 Hells Gate Road , Lewiston, ID 83501

 

Download Hells Gate Maps

Location Map
Year-Round Trail Map

Links and Events at Hells Gate

Lewis and Clark traveled through this area during their journey to discover an inland waterway to the Pacific Ocean. The Lewis and Clark Discovery Center is located in Hells Gate State Park featuring indoor and outdoor displays and a film describing the journey of Lewis and Clark through Idaho.  The Center is a two acre outdoor interpretive plaza on the banks of the Snake River with a beautiful moving stream with sculptures by artist Rip Caswell. While you're at the center, don't miss the 32-minute movie called "From the mountains to the sea: Lewis and Clark in Idaho" and be sure to stop by the Lewis and Clark gift shop.

Marina Access and Boating

The Snake River is perfect for personal watercraft, jet boats, power boats and water skiing. Hells Gate Marina offers more than 100 slips on a daily to yearly basis with boat fuel and moorage, as well as a public boat launch, convenience store, restrooms and plenty of parking. Boat rentals are also available. Contact the Hells Canyon Resort for additional information.  

The Nez Perce National Historic Park

The Nez Perce National Historic Park is just a short drive from Hells Gate, with fascinating displays of artifacts and a glimpse of the traditional life of the Nez Perce people.

Jack O'Connor Hunting Heritage and Education Center

The Jack O'Conner Hunting Heritage and Education Center displays the hunting trophies of outdoor writer and conservatinist Jack O'Connor and tells the story of American's hunting heritage.  

 

See video

The Idaho State Parks Passport: Your State Park Saving Option!

The Idaho State Parks Passport allows Idaho motorists to support Idaho State Parks by agreeing to pay an additional $10 in conjunction with renewing their license plates through the Idaho Transportation Department (ITD) and County Department of Motor Vehicle (DMV) Offices.  The Passport sticker allows participating Idahoans unlimited daytime entry to Idaho state parks, IDPR operated recreation areas and boating access sites. The Passport will also provide nightly discounts on camping.  

When you pay the additional $10 for your passport, you'll receive a sticker that will adhere to your motor vehicle.  The sticker will provide unlimited access to all 30 state parks for the entire registration year.  

Out-of-state guests will have a savings option too, with the purchase of an Idaho State Park Motor Vehicle Entry Fee (MVEF) Annual.

 

What Will $10 Buy You and Your Family?

  • Admittance to all 30 Idaho State Parks for a year
  • Hundreds of miles of hiking, cycling, mountain biking and Nordic trails
  • Your favorite boat launches
  • Countless historical and cultural sites within your state parks

Good for Idaho, Good for Idahoans!

Idaho‘s State Park Passport is simply a sustainable way to pay for the maintenance and management of Idaho’s 30 cherished state parks.  For those Idahoans who choose to participate in the program, the Idaho State Parks Passport sticker will replace the $5 per motor vehicle entry fee currently in place at state parks while also providing nightly discounts on camping.  

Out of State Guests

Our out-of-state guests have savings options too! You can purchase a $40 Motor Vehicle Entry Fee (MVEF) Annual and receive access to all of Idaho's State Parks and nightly discounts on camping. MVEF Annuals can be purchased at any Idaho State Park and online.

 

Idaho's First Time Adventure Program

Have you always wanted to camp outdoors, bike, fish or engage in paddle sport, but didn’t know the basics, have the proper equipment, or even know where to go?  Our First Time Adventure Program brings families and the great outdoors together!  We host a fun-filled, outdoor experience for first-time adventurers. Our park's knowledgeable and friendly staff will provide you with gear, show you the ropes and make sure you have fun in the process.

          

Participating State Parks

Castle Rocks State Park

COMING SOON: Castle Rocks State Park will offer an introductory fishing program for all ages.  Equipment available. Contact the park directly to participate: (208)824-5519

Hells Gate State Park
Hells Gate State Park offers several first time programs including introductory classes on camping, mountain biking and fishing. Equipment is avaliable for use. Contact the park for details: (208)799-5015.

Lake Cascade State Park
Lake Cascade State Park offers introductory programs for both first time campers and paddlers. Camping and paddling equipment is available for use. Contact the park for details: (208)382-6544.

Lucky Peak State Park
COMING SOON: Lucky Peak State Park will offer introductory outdoor recreation skills programs specific to fishing, camping and dutch oven cooking. Equipment will be available at the park for use. Contact the park directly for details (208)334-2432.

Lake Walcott State Park
COMING SOON: Lake Walcott State Park will offer a first time fishing program for all ages. Instruction provided and equipment will be available for use. Contact the park for details: (208)436-1258.

Massacre Rocks State Park
Massacre Rocks State Park offers a intensive water sports safety programs for all ages and skill levels including first time canoeing and kayaking classes. Vessels and safety equipment available for use. Contact the park for details: (208)548-2672.

Priest Lake State Park
Priest Lake State Park offers several first time adventure programs including first time camping, Dutch Oven cooking, snow shoeing and water sports. Equipment available for use. Contact the park for details: (208)443-2200.  

Winchester Lake State Park

COMING SOON: Winchester Lake State Park will offer a first time fishing program, complete with an end-of-year tournament, for all ages. Equipment is available for use. Contact the park for details: (208)924-7563.

 

First Time Adventure Programs within Idaho's State Parks are generously sponsored by: