Wild & Scenic Snake River - Private Floatboat Reservations

Raft runnig the Bernard Rapid on the Snake River

 A permit is required to float the Wild and Scenic Snake River any time during the year. In the Primary season (Friday before Memorial Day through September 10th), a permit can be applied for through the 'Four River Lottery Permit" process summarized below. During the Secondary Season (September 11th through the Thursday before Memorial Day), a self-issue permit is available at the major launches.

Applying for a Floatboat Reservation

The Snake River is part of the 'Four Rivers Lottery Permit Application' process. Reservations for the Primary season are offered through the National Recreation Reservation System (NRRS) located on the Recreation.gov website.  The four rivers in the lottery are the Snake River of Hells Canyon, Main Salmon, Middle Fork of the Salmon, and the Selway Rivers.

To make a float reservation;

  1. Go to this  www.recreation.gov website link.
  2. In the search windown type in "Hells Canyon - Snake River (4 Rivers)"
  3. From here you can check date of availibililty, a desciption of the river, restrictions, required and allowable uses, more information about the lottery system.

Other 4 River Lottery Websites

More information about the lottery system can be found on the Salmon-Challis National Forest website, 4 rivers reservations system webpage.

Floater Guide

Read more about the 2017 Floater Guide and the requirement to have an Oregon or Idaho Aquatic Invasive Species permit.

Other 2017 Updated Information

Learn more about the availability and changes to Floating Reservation Process Starting May 1, 2017.

Other More Fun Links

Hells Canyon Boaters Guide

A Look Inside Hells Canyon Pocket Guide

Hells Canyon National Recreation Area - Fast Facts

Recreation.gov iPhone App