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Hells Gate State Park, Lewiston

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Hells Gate State Park is a public recreation area located on the southern edge of Lewiston, Idaho, at the Snake River's downstream entrance to Hells Canyon, the deepest canyon in North America. The state park was created by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to mitigate the construction of the Lower Granite Dam; the Idaho Department of Parks and Recreation began leasing the site in 1973. The park's 960 acres (390 ha) offer trails for hiking, mountain biking, and horseback riding as well as opportunities for camping, picnicking, fishing, boating, swimming, and taking jet boat trips into the canyon. The park sits at the lowest elevation of any Idaho state park, at 733 feet (223 m) above sea level.
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  • We stayed at the Hell’s Gate campground. It was really nice and there was lots of shade. There were flush toilets and a walking/biking path. We even noticed a swimming area in the snake river. When...  more »
  • It's really lovely. Our only disappointment was that we had been told parking would be $5 but it was $14 for out of state visitors. The Lewis and Clark exhibit was nice for people who didn't know...  more »
  • Had a short 2 night stay at the park...could not have been a better stop for a couple of nights. The park is well maintained, the staff was helpful, friendly and informative. Spent the warm days in the Snake River enjoying the cool refreshing water. Scenic with several miles of hiking trails. Also very affordable when you consider the available facilities. Will definitely be back when we're out this way again!
  • Spacious sites. Back-in are a bit nicer than the pull-throughs. Nice trees, lots of grass. Very strict about the 2:00 check-in time. Extra $5 charged for the tow car. Clean bathrooms and showers.

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