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ATTENTION: Please note beginning with 2015 stays, Idaho State Park fees will charge different rates for resident and non- resident customers. This change requires the collection of unique primary site occupant information (name, address, and telephone number) for all sites. This includes cabins, campsites, yurts and group facilities. Customers booking multiple sites under one name should expect a follow up call from IDPR staff requesting primary occupant information.

Hells Gate State Park, ID

Status: Open through Thu Dec 31 2015   Season Dates
Max reservation window: Thu Apr 07 2016   Later Dates


Hells Gate State Park is a lush green paradise located on the banks of the Snake River just 4 miles from downtown Lewiston, ID.

Large campsites with plenty of shade beckon visitors. Users can visit the Lewis & Clark Discovery Center or the Jack O'Connor Hunting Heritage and Education Center, both located at Hells Gate. Private guides offer jet boat tours into Hells Canyon.

Services & Amenities:

Within Facility
  • Amphitheater
  • Archeological Sites
  • Archery
  • Area Attraction
  • Bath House
  • Beach Access, Coastal
  • Biking
  • Bird Watching
  • Boat Launch Ramp
  • Boating
  • Cabins
  • Campground Host
  • Camping, Equestrian
  • Camping, Improved Site
  • Canoeing
  • Comfort Station
  • Dock, Boat
  • Docks, Fishing/Crabbing
  • Dump Station
  • Dump Station, Camper
  • Dump Station, Marina
  • Fire Rings
  • Firewood Sales
  • First Aid Supplies
  • Fishing
  • Fishing River
  • Fuel, Boats
  • Geological Formations
  • Grills
  • Hiking
  • Hiking Moderate
  • Hiking Trail
  • Historic Sites
  • Horseback Riding
  • Information Center
  • Interpretive Center
  • Interpretive Display
  • Interpretive Trail
  • Jet Skiing
  • Jogging/Running
  • Kayaking
  • Kiosk
  • Lodging, Cabins
  • Maintenance, Facility
  • Maintenance, Housekeeping
  • Marina
  • Meeting Hall
  • Moorage
  • Mountain Biking
  • Museum
  • Newspapers
  • Parking
  • Photography
  • Picnic Area
  • Picnic Pavilion
  • Picnic Shelter
  • Picnic Tables
  • Picnicking
  • Playground
  • Ranger Station
  • Reservoir
  • Restrooms
  • Retail, Bait and Tackle
  • Retail, Drinks
  • Retail, Ice
  • Retail, Seasonal Concessions
  • Retail, Snacks
  • Retail, Store/Gift Shop
  • Retail, Supplies
  • River/Stream
  • Shelters
  • Shuttle Service
  • Skiing - Water
  • Sunbathing
  • Swimming - River
  • Toilet, Pit/Vault
  • Trails, Bicycle
  • Trails, Hiking/Walking Easy
  • Trails, Horse
  • Trails, Moderate Hiking
  • Trails, Mountain Bike
  • Viewing Platform/Overlk
  • Volleyball
  • Volleyball Net
  • Walking
  • Water Access, River/Stream
  • Water Drinking
  • Water Skiing
  • Wildflower
  • Wildlife Viewing
Less Than 1 Mile
  • Auto Touring/Scenic Rtes
  • Powerboating
  • Sightseeing
  • Winery Tours
Greater Than 1 Mile
  • Artifact/Petroglyph View
  • Rock Climbing
Within 10 Miles
  • Admin Service, Faxing
  • Admin Services, Copying
  • Airport
  • Antiquing
  • Arboretum
  • Art & Museum
  • Baseball/Softball Fld
  • Car Rental
  • Cash Machine/Atm
  • Catering
  • Churches
  • Dining
  • Emergency Services
  • Fuel, Vehicles
  • Golf
  • Golfing
  • Grocery Store
  • Group/Community Facility
  • Hospital
  • Maintenance, Boat
  • Maintenance, RV/Camper
  • Maintenance, Vehicle
  • Mall
  • Medical Clinic
  • Mobile Food Service
  • Motel
  • Musical Performances
  • Outfitter
  • Pay Telephone
  • Programs, History
  • Programs, Instructional
  • Programs, Nature
  • Programs, Recreational
  • Propane
  • Recycling Station
  • Rent Bicycles
  • Rent Motor Boat
  • Restaurant
  • Seasonal Festivals
  • Shopping
  • Tennis
  • Tennis Court
  • Town
  • Water Slides
Greater Than 10 Miles
  • Camping, Backcountry
  • Cultural Activities
  • Fish Hatchery
  • Hiking Difficult
  • Hunting
  • Nature Study
  • Rent Canoes/Kayaks
  • Trails, Difficult Hiking
  • Whitewater Rafting
  • orchard/produce farm
Alerts and Important Information
  • A 5.00 Motor Vehicle Entrance Fee (MVEF) is required for every vehicle entering Idaho State Parks (including visitors to campers).
  • All campsite and facility use fees accommodate one vehicle MVEF per night stayed. Any applicable additional per-person or MVEF charges will be collected at the park.
  • MVEF may be paid for at the daily rate or by purchasing a State Park Passport or an Annual Motor Vehicle Entrance Fee sticker.
  • Visitors and park day users may be required to park outside the campground.
  • All yurts, cabins and group facilities that are ADA accessible do not require proof of disability upon arrival.
  • Camping is allowed in designated areas only.
  • All boats, trailers, or other motorized vehicles must fit entirely within the campsite parking spur provided. Any equipment that does not fit entirely within the sites designated parking area must be parked outside the campground in an area designated by the park manager.
  • RV's are not permitted when staying in facilities (yurts, cabins, cottages or houses).
  • Campfires are allowed in designated areas only!
  • All pets must be kept on a leash and not be left unattended. Pets are not allowed on beaches except for designated areas (not all parks have designated areas); Campers are responsible to clean up after their pet. Not all facilities allow pets.
  • Quiet hours are enforced from 10:00 pm to 7:00 am.
  • Fireworks are prohibited in all parks at all times. No Exceptions!

Getting There:

GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude):
46.36917, -117.05444
46°22'9"N, 117°3'16"W

Hells Gate State Park is located 4 miles south of downtown Lewiston, ID on Snake River Ave.

Driving from the west take US Highway 12 EAST, cross the blue Interstate Bridge from Clarkston, WA to Lewiston, ID. Immediately turn right onto Snake River Ave. Proceed 4 miles south on Snake River Ave, take a right at Hells Gate Road.

Approaching from the east, use US Highway 12 WEST through Lewiston until it intersects Snake River Ave. Turn right on Snake River Ave and proceed 4 miles to Hells Gate Road. Turn right on Hells Gate Road.

From the north or south, use US Highway 95 until it intersects US Highway 12 WEST. Then follow the directions as if you were coming from the east.

Contact Information:

Mailing Address:

Hells Gate State Park
5100 Hells Gate Road
Lewiston   ID  83501

Phone Number:

Information:  (208)799-5015