Dug Bar Trailhead and Boat Launch

Area Status: Open
This area is Open

Boat launch and river bank near Dub Bar Boat Launch

The Dug Bar Boat Launch and Trailhead is a multi-use year round recreation facility. It is the only driveable facility which accesses the northern end Snake River on the Oregon side in Hells Canyon and is popular with anglers, boaters, hikers, and other visitors. The boat launch has a small concrete ramp and accessible toilet.

The trailhead is primarily used for accessing the northern entrance of the Wild and Scenic Snake River and Hells Canyon Wilderness.

This site provides access to the Summit Ridge - Western Rim National Recreation Trail #1774 and Snake River Trail #1726. A public use back-country airstrip is adjacent to the facility, and an interpretive site for the the National Historic Nez Perce Trail #1727 is located near the historic river crossing.

At a Glance

Current Conditions: Current Conditions
Reservations: Powerboat and floatboat reservations and permits are needed for this site.
Area Amenities: Interpretive Site,Boat ramp,Toilets
Fees Powerboat and floatboat reservations and permits are needed for this site.
Permit Info: A boaters permit for the Wild and Scenic Snake River is required during the primary summer season (by reservation), and secondary winter season (self-issue). 
Open Season: Year-round
Usage: Light
Restrictions: General rules of use and restrictions apply for this developed recreation site. Wilderness Regulations apply within Hells Canyon Wildernes.
  • Motorized vehicles, bicycles, carts, hang glider and other mechanical equipment is prohibited in the Wilderness area.
Closest Towns: Joseph, Oregon (60 miles), Imnaha, Oregon (31 miles)
Water: No
Restroom: Vault Toilet
Operated By: Forest Service
Information Center: Wallowa Mountains Office

General Information


From Imnaha, Oregon travel north on the Lower Imnaha River Road (County Road 755) for 6.5 miles; As the road continues it becomes Forest Road 4260 also known as the Dug Bar Road; Continue on Forest Road 4260 for 24 miles to the end along the Snake River to the boat launch.

To get to Imnaha from Enterprise, Oregon travel south 6 miles on Highway 82 towards Joseph; In Joseph turn left on Highway 350 and go 30 miles to Imnaha. This is a 36 mile trip.

NOTE: The road is usually open all year, but Forest Road 4260 is a steep, single lane dirt road and can be slippery when wet or frozen and is not recommended for trailers. High clearance vehicles are strongly recommended.

Recreation Map

Map showing recreational areas. Map Information



Show detail SHOW

Horse Riding & Camping

Show detail SHOW

Water Activities

Show detail SHOW


Interpretive Site Nez Perce National Historic Trail
Toilets Vault accessible toilet
Boat ramp Small concrete