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richvi posted 05-15-2006 02:48 PM ET (US)   Profile for richvi   Send Email to richvi  
Have any of you launched at Hells Canyon Dam (on the Snake River) and cruised for about 10 miles? Not talking about inflatables.

kglinz posted 05-15-2006 04:52 PM ET (US)     Profile for kglinz  Send Email to kglinz     
I would take a trip with an outfitter, up river from Asotin to check it out or Float down from Hells Canyon. Not a place for amatures. You could run a Whaler, but it would take a lot of planning. Here's a link to the rules.... basic-info.shtml .... They pretty much explan it. They ran Stern Wheelers on the river 100 years ago
Jerry Townsend posted 05-18-2006 02:50 AM ET (US)     Profile for Jerry Townsend  Send Email to Jerry Townsend     
richvi - one can run a Whaler on the slack water behind the several dams on the Snake - but, other than the slack water, the rocks, gravel, dictate other means (kayak, raft or jet-boat).

The Snake is navigatable from the confuence to the Columbia at Pasco Washingto to Lewiston Idaho - as locks are incorporated into those dams.

Hells Canyon in appropriately named - it is, in part beautiful - ruggedly beautiful. --- Jerry/Idaho

richvi posted 05-18-2006 11:37 AM ET (US)     Profile for richvi  Send Email to richvi     
Thank you for your responses. Three years ago, we had visited Hells Canyon (and Joseph and Enterprise and Baker and La Grande). Beautiful. But we did not go onto the Snake River.

In June I plan to take a tour on the Hells Canyon Adventures, two hour Jet Boat tour from Hells Canyon Dam. What is your opinion of this tour? I'm looking for a very smooth ride, otherwise my wife won't go on the river.


Jerry Townsend posted 05-18-2006 04:11 PM ET (US)     Profile for Jerry Townsend  Send Email to Jerry Townsend     
Rich - I have never been on this water - and would not even guesstimate what you might find. And my son - the guide and jet-boater - is out of reach to ask him. I will ask him about this water when I get hold of him - and let you know if he has any information.

But - there are several river guide services on the river - and the name Hells Canyon Adventures sounds intriguing and interesting. Be assured that they are not taking big risks - but the majority of people like to run rapids and some white water. Everyone will be in good life jackets and may get a bit wet - but, in all probability, will not go swimming. Be assured that those jet-boat guides know the river !!! - every rock, every stick, every eddy - everything - which is most important.

Without the dams and a huge runoff - the water would be big and can be dangerous - particularily on the smaller tributary streams without dams - like the Salmon river and the middle fork of the Salmon (the river of no-return). But, the flow on the Snake is being controlled - so there should not be any problem. Have fun and enjoy Hells Canyon. ----- Jerry/Idaho

kglinz posted 05-18-2006 09:25 PM ET (US)     Profile for kglinz  Send Email to kglinz     
I ran it several years ago, in one of Ernie Duckworths charter boats. It was great. We started in Asotin and ran clear to Hells Canyon damn. A distance of around 90 miles. It was a great ride. The guide was very knowledgable and gave us a history lesson in addition to a boat ride. You should still have a lot of water in June. Most of the tour boats are big boats. The one we were in was around 30 feet with 2 460 Ford engines. You may get a little spray, but it will feel good. It's hot down there.
kglinz posted 05-18-2006 09:48 PM ET (US)     Profile for kglinz  Send Email to kglinz     
Damn, Damn, Damn,wrong Dam. Sorry

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