Idaho > Snake River rafting through Hells Canyon

Snake River rafting through Hells Canyon

3 or 5 Days from $1099
Trip Highlights
  • Enjoy a scenic flight over the canyon
  • Float the deepest gorge in North America
  • Visit Kirkwood Historic Ranch & Museum
  • Hike to Native American pictographs
  • Dories, rafts & inflatable kayaks
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Outside Travel Awards 'Best Outfitter' Runner Up National Geographic Adventure Magazine - Best River & Sea Outfitter on Earth As Featured On 50 Tours of a Lifetime - National Geographic Traveller Mindy Gleason, O.A.R.S. Reservations Manager Condé Nast Traveler Top Travel Specialist 2007-2013 (River Rafting)

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The season runs May - September.

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Departure Dates

5-Day: May 25, June 2, 10, 18, 26; July 4, 12, 20; August 5, 13, 21, 29; September 6
3-Day: May 25, June 2, 10, 18; August 21, 29; September 6

Specialty Departures:

Wine: July 28; September 14

Meeting Place
Red Lion Hotel in Lewiston, Idaho

Adult: $1199* to $1299
Youth: $1099* to $1199

Adult: $1379* to $1529
Youth: $1229* to $1379
Wine: $1629* to $1829

*Premiere Pricing! Available when you're one of the first four people to book by March 31, 2016.

Deposit: $250

Additional Costs:

Prices include an optional $220/person transportation package for a flight from Lewiston to the put in. This charge can be deleted if you prefer another option.

River Rating Minimum Age
Class III7 (12 during high water)
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Snake River Rafting through Hells Canyon - Overview

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Nothing compares to rafting Hells Canyon in Idaho, home of the mighty Snake River and the deepest gorge in North America. Marking the border between Idaho and Oregon, Idaho's Hells Canyon plunges to depths of nearly 8,000 feet between the Seven Devils range to the east and Oregon’s rim country to the west. Through this tremendous gorge, the Snake River's warm, clear waters yield some of the best big waves and whitewater rapids in the U.S. Northwest. In calmer sections, the Snake River serves up great Idaho fishing opportunities. Hells Canyon’s watery bliss is matched by its stunning rockscapes and the intriguing remnants of past inhabitants, creating a rich river adventure that’s hard to beat. Warm weather, warm water and fun rapids make this a great trip for kids, parents and grandparents of nearly any age.

Snake River Rafting in Idaho - Itinerary at a Glance

  • Private flight from Lewiston, Idaho to Halfway, Oregon with spectacular views of Hells Canyon below
  • Safety talk and paddle raft/inflatable kayak lesson—we’re off on our Idaho river rafting adventure!
  • Run two of Hells Canyon’s biggest rapids: Wild Sheep and Granite
  • Hike up Granite Creek for our first viewing of Native American pictographs
  • Hike to McGaffee Cabin—a homestead preserved from the early 1900s
  • Go fishing for Idaho trout
  • Big whitewater rafting excitement in rapids including Waterspout, Rush Creek, Tryon, Lookout Creek and Wild Goose rapids
  • Visit Kirkwood Historic Ranch and Museum to view prehistoric Indian artifacts
  • Tour Pittsburg Landing for a fascinating look at the life of the early Native Americans
  • Spot resident wildlife—including bear, deer, elk, mountain goats and bighorn sheep
  • Hike to Suicide Point, Temperance Creek, Deep Creek and Salt Creek
  • Float past the Imnaha, Salmon and Grande Ronde rivers to our take-out at Heller Bar

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“The trip leader and staff were fantastic. They were always helpful and had positive attitudes. Personally, I enjoyed tackling the rapids in the ducky! The inflatable kayak was a blast! This was my first whitewater kayaking of any type, and I went through those monster rapids. The biggest adrenaline rush I've ever had! My 15 year old daughter loved the whole trip, from the food to having a try at rowing the raft, to hanging out in camp. The food was great of course.”
Phil Lomas ~ Verona, WI

“I work as a project manager for IBM Corporation. Communications and leadership is everything. These guys were not only excellent leaders they had all the major skills one needs when leading a crowd. Intelligence, communications, cohesiveness amongst the team, training and a take charge attitude. This starts with the Trip Leader and worked its way right down through the group. They were also excellent at communicating the secondary information that could easily been ignored, whether it was the information shared on a hike to see artifacts, weather changes in the canyon or pointing out interesting changes in the rock formations...The accommodations were excellent including the bedding, food, and equipment...GREAT TRIP!!!”
Chuck Townsley ~ Round Rock, TX

“The guides, food, equipment and guests were absolutely terrific. I have to say that this is one of the top trips I have taken and I will be back.”
Richard Antemann ~Johnstown, PA

“The knowledge, expertise, enthusiasm and personality of all our river guides enhanced the beauty of the Snake River and Hell's Canyon. Without them, the trip would not have been nearly as enjoyable.”
Seslee Smith ~Decatur, GA

“The guides were extremely professional and personable. They all knew their job well and shared information about the canyon and the wildlife to enhance the trip. The meals were above expectation. The activities and camp sites were well planned out by the Trip Leader.”
Mifi Martinelli ~Gilbert, AZ

“The knowledge of the guides and their friendliness was appreciated. The excellent equipment gave me lots of security. The food was also exceptional.”
Tom Peterson ~Alfred, NY

“Logistics were very smooth; I especially liked the fast takeout at the end of the trip. The guides were extraordinarily well-qualified, way beyond anything we needed for this specific trip, giving us a good margin of safety had anything come up.”
Tom Pringle ~Eugene, OR

“Spirit & expertise of guides was highest I have seen in the dozens of trips like this I have been on.”
John Hutchinson ~Washington Grove, MD

“It's hard to choose what was most enjoyable about the trip since I thoroughly enjoyed every aspect of our adventure. However, if I have to choose it would be the crew that took us on an adventure that was not only beautiful but was done to see that we enjoyed ourselves to the limit. Food was really good too.”
Linda Martinelli ~Queen Creek, AZ

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Average Temperatures °F
Month High Low
May 50-70 35-55
June 55-90 45-60
July 60-100 55-70
August 70-100+ 55-70
September 65-95 45-70
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May 50-55
June 55-60
July 60-70
August 65-70
September 65-70

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O.A.R.S. is an author ized concessioner of Arches, Canyonlands, Grand Canyon and Grand Te ton National Parks and Dinosaur National Monument.
Outside Travel Awards 'Best Outfitter' Runner Up National Geographic Adventure Magazine - Best River & Sea Outfitter on Earth As Featured On 50 Tours of a Lifetime - National Geographic Traveler Mindy Gleason, O.A.R.S. Reservations Manager Condé Nast Traveler Top Travel Specialist 2007-2013 (River Rafting) Best of the Bay Area Winner

For consecutive years, O.A.R.S. has been named the "Best River & Sea Outfitter on Earth" by National Geographic Adventure and one of the top two outfitters in the world by Outside Magazine in its annual Active Travel Awards recognition program. In multiple years, O.A.R.S.trips have been honored as "50 Tours of a Lifetime" by National Geographic Traveler and since 2007, Condé Nast Traveler has recognized Mindy Gleason, O.A.R.S. Reservation Manager and International Adventure Travel Consultant, as Condé Nast Traveler's standalone Top Travel Specialist in the River Rafting category.

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