Boater's Guide Map 1 Feature Descriptions

 *Identifies major rapids of Class III and above

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247.8 Upper Oregon Hole
Good flood, poor powerboat landing, lots of boulders; small group.

238.0 Three Creek
Good water, shade, steep climb to bench. Difficult access below creek; large group.

238.2 *Three Creek Rapids
Class II or Class III, roller coaster waves.

239.0 Campsite
Camping permitted.

239.2 *Granite Rapids
Class IV at all levels up to 50,000 cfs, always scout! Located just down- stream from Lower Granite Creek campsite. Trail access on both sides of the river. These rapids change as flows fluctuate. Beware of large drop with holes and big waves. A large rock submerged in the center creates a hole with much turbulence at all flows.

239.2 Cache Creek
Difficult boat landing. High grassy bar downstream from creek, water off- site; large group.

239.5 Lower Granite Creek
Tie up 200 yards below creek and follow trail up to bench. Water, shade; large group.

239.6 Upper Granite Creek
Tie up in rocky cove; campsite is 75 yards up trail on a grassy bench above creek. Shade, water; large group.

239.7 Historical Note: Hibbs Ranch
A homestead claim was filed one mile up Granite Creek by Martin Hibbs in 1911. His daughter, Lenora Barton, found him murdered outside his cabin in July, 1934. The cabin had burned down and the remains of a second, unidentified body were found in the ashes, The murder was never solved.

240.4 Rocky Bar
Rocky beach, shade, no water; large group.

241.2 Geology Note: Wild Sheep Rapids
These rapids were formed from large rocks that were carried to the river by a catastrophic debris flow or waterspout.

241.2 *Wild Sheep Rapids
Class IV, aways scout! Located below Bull Creek; turbulent at all flows and the longest rapid on the river.

241.2 Wild Sheep
Campsite 75 yards from river below Wild Sheep Creek, water. Stopping point to scout rapids; large group.

241.5 Birch Springs
Rocky beach, water supply scant; medium group.

241.8 Sand Dunes
Good landing, sandy beach, no water; small group.

242.1 Battle Creek
Good landing, tie up 100 yards down river from creek. Shade; capacity large group. Second campsite located above creek on bench between river and cabin; tie up at creek; large group.

243.2 Historical Note: Pit Houses
The slope at the upper end of the bar is pocked with depressions where the semi-subterranean pithouses of prehistoric people once stood. Covered with a frame of branches and bark or hide, these shelters provided comfort-able winter homes in the mild climate of the canyon.

242.3 Historical Note: Barton Cabin
The cabin, built by Ralph Barton in 1932, is located about 200 yards from the Snake River, upriver from Battle Creek. The Winchester Mine claim, about 2 miles up the creek, was worked from about 1910-191 6 but pro-duced very little gold.

243.0 Warm Springs
Shade, rocky beach; large group.

243.4 Chimney Bar
Shade, no water; large group. 

243.7 Rocky Point Rapids
Class II; roller coaster waves, rock to Idaho side of center.

243.7 Rocky Point
Shade, no water, good landing; medium group.

244.7 Brush Creek
Sandy beaches below creek, water in creek; medium group.

244.7 Brush Creek Rapids
Class II; roller coaster waves down center.

245.2 Square Beach
Sandy beach; small group. Old mining claim.

245.6 Lamont Springs
Beach, water; large group. Old mining claim.

245.9 Historical Note: Stud Creek
Named for Gabe Teeples' stud horse that wandered off in the winter of 1910 or 1911 and fathered colts on Summit Ridge for several years.

245.9 Stud Creek
Shade, water; large group. Trail access (1 mile) from Hells Canyon Creek Recreation Site.

246.7 Cliff Mountain Rapids
Class II; current flows against rock wall on Idaho side.

247.0 Hells Canyon Creek Recreation Site
Small visitor information station with exhibits and theater is staffed during summer season. Toilets, boat ramp, public telephone. Day use only, no water or camping. Limited day and overnight parking available.