Recreation Report - Hells Canyon Snake River

The developed recreation site report provides the current known conditions for the main recreation sites in the Hells Canyon National Recreation Area - Snake River. This recreation area includes sites found on both the Oregon and Idaho side of the Wild and Scenic Snake River from Hells Canyon Dam to Cache Creek Ranch. Recreation sites off the Snake River in the Hells Canyon National Recreation Area are found on the Hells Canyon - Oregon and Hells Canyon - Idaho Recreation Reports.

A recreation site that is shown as 'MAINTAINED' has been inspected the district recreation manager, the known hazards (e.g. uprooted trees, downed branches, rockslides, damaged structures) have been removed, and annual maintenance tasks have been completed.

  • Hazards may occur at any time so always be prepared for unplanned events. Typical hazards include downed trees, flooded sites, rocks and snow on the road, etc.
  • Please be advised that late spring and early fall snow levels are ever changing and that roads and trails may be covered with snow. Contact your local Ranger District for the most current information on roads and trails.


Campgrounds Fee Maintained Conditions
Pittsburg, ID  Yes

Potable water currently available!

*No RV dump station*


**charcoal fire only in fire pan

June 1-Sept 30**

Day-Use Sites

Day-Use Sites Fee Maintained Conditions
Cache Creek Ranch, OR  No


Staffed with Volunteer
 Dug Bar Traihead/Boat Launch, OR No
 River permits required year round. Limited maintenance
 Hells Canyon Creek Boat Launch, OR No

Reservation Boat Permits required during PRIMARY SEASON: (Friday preceding Memorial Day weekend through September 10th)

Self Issued Boats Permit required in SECONDARY SEASON: (September 11th through the Thursday before Memorial Day)

 Hells Canyon Creek Visitor Center, OR  No

7/7/2022: Building is staffed but not open to public entrance

 Kirkwood Historic Ranch, ID  No
Staffed with Volunteers
 Pittsburg Rockart Interpretive Site, ID No


 Upper Pittsburg Picnic Area, ID No