OWSR No. 37: Snake River

The Snake River in Hells Canyon

The Snake River in Hells Canyon National Recreation Area | Photo: Zachary Collier

Quick Facts

  • Managing Agency: Wallowa-Whitman National Forest (USFS)
  • Designated Stretch: From Hells Canyon Dam to a point above Cache Creek Ranch near the Oregon-Washington border
  • Designation Length: 67.5 miles (31.5 miles Wild and 36 miles Scenic)
  • Outstanding Remarkable Values: Scenery, Recreation, Geology, Wildlife, Fisheries, Cultural resources, Vegetation/Botan, and Ecological
  • Wild and Scenic River Designation: December 1, 1975

More Information

Celebrated by Zach Collier and Paul Clark by camping at the confluence of the Snake and Imanah Rivers on March 29-30, 2018.


Raft on the Snake River in Hells CanyonAdam Bagerski: A last minute permit less than a week before the trip didn’t quite fill the 8 boat and 24 people maximum. Instead, two people, one raft and one IK was the perfect compliment to a float through time. The difference between floating with one other person vs. a huge group is that it’s less about the party and more about the everything in-between—searching for petroglyphs, exploring old homesteads, meandering through canyon walls and floating late into the evening when we should have been kicking our feet up made for many quiet moments that will last a lifetime. Even if we hadn’t gotten the permit or never had the chance to float the Snake, Wild and Scenic means something special, a place that will be preserved so that generations can enjoy this special place in the same way we did. Oh, and the rapids and endless cliff jumping was fun as hell.

Camping along the Snake RiverZach Collier: We paddled the Imnaha River from Cow Creek to the Confluence with the Snake River and spent the night along the Snake River. I paddled a short section of the Snake River and then hiked along it's banks. We saw a handful of jetboats fishing at the mouth of the Imnaha and a lone backpacker.

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