Hells Canyon Creek Boat Launch

Area Status: Temporarily Closed
This area is Closed

Hells Canyon Boat Launch with rocky canyon in background

The Hells Canyon Creek Boat Launch is located in the upper end of the Wild and Scenic Snake River about 1 mile below the Hells Canyon Dam. The recreation site is popular with anglers, powerboaters, float boats, and visitors desiring to see the wild river and Hells Canyon. Set along the river below the craggy canyon cliffs, the site is next to the Hells Canyon Creek Visitor Center which is seasonally staffed, however the outdoor displays are available year-round. The visitor center and boat launch are managed in partnership with the Idaho Power Corporation.

See the information below for Wild and Scenic Snake River permits required for all power and float boats.

Fish Your National Forests: This site can be accessed by Passenger Car; Fish available include: Salmon, Steelhead, Trout, Bass; Types of fishing available include: Wade, Shore, Motorized boat, Fly, Spin; Boat Launch available

At a Glance

Current Conditions: Temporarily closed due to reconstruction work, with expected reopening in mid-October.
Reservations: Powerboat and floatboat reservations and permits are needed for this site.
Area Amenities: Interpretive Site,Accessible,Boat ramp,Picnic tables,Toilets,Parking
Fees Powerboat and floatboat reservations and permits are needed for this site.
Permit Info: A Snake River boaters permit is required for all float boats and power boats visiting the Wild and Scenic Snake River.
Usage: Medium-Heavy
Restrictions: General rules of use and restrictions apply for this developed recreation site.
Closest Towns: Halfway, Oregon (40 miles) and Baker City, Oregon (93 miles).
Water: No
Restroom: Vault Toilet
Operated By: Forest Service
Information Center: Oxbow- Hells Canyon Creek Visitor Center and Boat Launch

General Information


From Baker City, OR, go north on Interstate 84 for 2 miles to exit 302 on Highway 86; Turn right on State Highway 86 east and go 68 miles to Oxbow, Oregon; In Oxbow go by the Idaho Power Copperfield Park on your right and cross the river into Idaho; After crossing the bridge turn left and follow Road 454 for 20 miles to Hells Canyon Dam; Go across the Hells Canyon Dam and follow the paved road for about 1 mile to the Hells Canyon Creek Visior Center and Boat Launch.

Advisory: The 454 road is a private road maintained by Idaho Power Company. It is narrow and winding with rocks and debris common on the road.

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Interpretive Site
Picnic tables At picnic area
Toilets Accessible vault toilets
Parking Limited parking at site; additional parking along forest road
Accessible Parking area and vault toilet
Boat ramp Single lane ramp, and raft slide
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