Zach Collier: My friend Paul joined me on an interesting adventure in this remote corner of Oregon. Travelling to our put in at the Cow Creek Bridge was one of the most interesting parts of the trip. The Imnaha Valley was full of ranching and evidence of a cowboy culture not found much anywhere. Just upstream of our put-in we saw cowboys castrating and branding bulls. After a long trip to put-in we launched our boats and paddled for a couple hours down to the Snake River where we spent the night and explored a small part of Hells Canyon. The next morning we packed up our gear and hiked back up the trail next to the Imnaha River back to our truck. The river was quite beautiful and fun but we also enjoyed getting to know the Imnaha Valley on our way to and from our river adventure.
OWSR No. 36: Imnaha River
- Begins the Wallowa Mountains and Eagle Cap Wilderness and flows to the Snake River in Hells Canyon National Recreation Area
- Habitat for a diverse wildlife population including ROcky Mountain Bighorn Sheep
- The river corridor supports a ranching/farming lifestyle tradition representative of early Euro-American settlers and the Nez Perce Tribe
- Inmportant habitat for steelhead, bull trout, and Snake River chinook salmon
The Imnaha River in Hells Canyon National Recreation Area | Photo: Zachary Collier
Celebrated by Zach Collier and Paul Clark by paddling from Cow Creek to the Snake River on March 29, 2018.