Hells Gate State Park



The park is open year-round and offers overnight camping with campsites and cabins (amenities are flush toilets, showers, dump station, electricity) with facilities (including amphitheater and conference rooms) for group events. The site provides opportunities for fishing, mountain biking, wildlife viewing, horseback riding, as well as jet boat trips into Hells Canyon.

The park features docks, launch ramps, boat fuel and boat rental at the riverside Hells Gate Marina. The steelhead season usually runs through fall and winter, while spring and summer bring chances to reel in smallmouth bass, catfish, trout and sturgeon.

Also at the park is the Lewis and Clark Discovery Center, featuring indoor and outdoor displays and a film describing the journey of Lewis and Clark through Idaho.

Within the area, visitors can find opportunities for shopping in nearby Lewiston, golf, hang gliding, helicopter tours, Nez Perce history, outfitted fishing and hunting trips, and national recreation areas and trails.

Nature trails through the park offer opportunities for hiking and biking. Along here, visitors can spot local wildlife including deer, cottontail rabbits, quail and geese.

Historic landmarks at the park include depressions that mark the remains of pit houses used for years by the tribe.

For information: 5100 Hells Gate Road, Lewiston, ID 83501; (208) 799-5015; https://parksandrecreation.idaho.gov/parks/hells-gate or find them on Facebook.

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