Cache Creek Ranch

Area Status: Open
River view of Cache Creek Ranch white ranch houses amongst shade trees

Cache Creek Ranch is an administrative site located at the northern-most portal on the Snake River within the Hells Canyon National Recreation Area. Historically part of the Dobbin and Huffman Sheep Co. that flourished until the 1930s, it now serves as a shaded oasis for river travelers in the scenic portion of the Snake River.

As a main stopping point for river visitors, the ranch is staffed year-round by a facility host. Visitor information and exhibits are available inside the house interpreting unique aspects of the canyon's natural and cultural history. River permits for powerboaters can be obtained from the host.  The expansive shady lawns and fruit orchard at Cache Creek attract both wildlife and people during the summer months with public restrooms open year-round.

Wild and Scenic Snake River (area is unavailable)

At a Glance

Reservations: This site is not reservable.
Area Amenities: Interpretive Site, Accessible, Boat ramp, Picnic tables, Toilets
Fees: No fee is required to visit the site.
Permit Info: A Snake River boaters permit is required for all float boats and power boats visiting Hells Canyon above Cache Creek Ranch.
Open Season: Year-round
Usage: Light-Medium
Restrictions: General rules of use and restrictions apply for this developed recreation site.
Closest Towns: The site is located at river mile 177 and is 35 river miles from Clarkston, Washington. No road access is available to the site
Water: Potable Water
Restroom: Vault Toilet
Operated By: Forest Service
Information Center: Clarkston- Hells Canyon National Recreation Area

General Information


Access to Cache Creek Ranch is primarily available by powerboat on the Snake River from Clarkston, Washington, or Lewiston, Idaho.

Recreation Map

Map showing recreational areas. Map Information


River and Stream Fishing

Interpretive Areas

Interpretive displays of river and ranch history inside main ranch house.


Picnic tables and restroom near ranch lawn.

Boating - Motorized

Snake River permit required.

Boating - Non-Motorized

Snake River permit required.


Interpretive Site: Displays inside the house
Picnic tables: Available for day use picnics
Toilets: 2 vault accessible toilets
Accessible: Toilets are accessible, the boat ramp is not accessible
Boat ramp: Not accessible

Recreation Areas

Recreation Activities


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