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.
Hells Canyon, home of the mighty Snake River, is the deepest gorge in North America. Marking the border between Idaho, and Oregon, 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 warm, clear waters of the Snake River thunder through some of the most exciting, big-wave rapids in the Northwest; in calmer sections, the Snake serves up great fishing opportunities. Hells Canyon’s watery bliss is matched by its stunning rocks capes and the intriguing remnants of past inhabitants, both indigenous and transplanted, creating a rich river adventure that’s hard to beat.
Because of the river’s volume, we can bring the full gamut of O.A.R.S.’ river vessels on the Hells Canyon Snake River and you may experience them all! Riding in an oar boat one day and a whitewater dory the next, then challenging the whitewater hands on in a paddle raft or inflatable kayak ensures a diverse and exciting river adventure for each member of your party.
Benefit: O.A.R.S. strives to positively impact all of the communities in which we operate. Through a strong history of social and environmental responsibility, O.A.R.S. works with local and national conservation groups and community organizations to help make the joys of the wilderness accessible to everyone, while fostering deeper appreciation and preservation of indigenous cultures and natural ecosystems. Each year, O.A.R.S. donates a portion of the proceeds (ranging from 20% to 100%) from several departures to help fund conservation efforts and local educational programming.
Wine on the River:
Our wine trips offer an elegant alternative to our regular departures, and combine mouth-watering menus and award-winning wines with the appeal of the wilds. After each day of vigorous river rafting, enjoy gourmet meals and premium wines introduced by regional experts. The wines are carefully chosen to complement the bill of fare each night and each winery brings its own personality to the river, where the tastings can turn into blending seminars or heated discussions of Old World versus New World wine making. Rest assured that whatever direction we take, these trips inevitably result in an outrageously good time.
5-Day Wine Trip: July 28 & September 14
Combine river running with gourmet meals and premium wines presented by some of the West's finest vintners.
Minimum Age: 7 Yrs (12 during high water)