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 at any time of the year.  In the primary season (Friday before Memorial Day through September 10*), you can apply for a permit through the "Four Rivers Lottery" permit process summarized below.  During the secondary season (September 11 through the Thursday before Memorial Day), a self-issue permit is available at major launch sites on the river.


Applying for a Floatboat Reservation

The Snake River is part of the Four Rivers Lottery permit application process.  The other three rivers in the lottery system are the Main Salmon, Middle Fork of the Salmon, and the Selway Rivers.  Reservations for the primary season are offered through the National Recreation Reservation System (NRRS) located on the Recreation.gov website.  (The first day available to make a reservation is March 1st at 7am Pacific Time.)  

To make a float reservation:

Go directly to the Recreation.gov site here: Hells Canyon - Snake River (4 Rivers)


  1. Visit  www.recreation.gov.
  2. In the search window, type in "Hells Canyon - Snake River (4 Rivers)"
  3. From there, you can check dates that are available and read a description of the river, restrictions, required and allowable uses, and information about the lottery system.

Other 4 River Lottery Websites

To make reservations on the other rivers, visit these recreation.gov pages:

Salmon River

Selway River

Middle Fork of the Salmon

Floater Guide

Read more about the rules and regulations in the Floater Guide. Also read up on the requirement to have an Oregon or Idaho Aquatic Invasive Species permit.

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