Class III-IV Whitewater
34-79 miles – Hells Canyon Dam to Pittsburg Landing or Heller Bar. Departs at 6:30 a.m. PDT (7:30 MDT, Riggins)
SRE invites you to experience the magnificent beauty and awesome power of Hells Canyon and the Snake River. According to Nez Perce legend, Coyote dug this massive canyon with a stick. He did a pretty darn good job, creating North America’s deepest gorge; the river lies more than 8,000 feet below He Devil Mountain in the Seven Devils Range. Exhilarating rapids, an awesomely gorgeous canyon, historical places and stories, friendly, knowledgeable, safe guides and camaraderie await you on your Hells Canyon whitewater adventure. Whitewater! Plenty of BIG, BIG water! Class IV rapids Wild Sheep and Granite Creek will fill your need to rock out; other Class II and III rapids such as Bernard Creek, Water Spout, Rush Creek, and the Imnaha, will challenge even the most adventurous whitewater enthusiast in SRE’s fun sized self-bailing rafts and inflatable kayaks. You may choose to actively participate in a stern mount paddle raft or inflatable kayak; or hang on and let your guide do all the work in a center mount raft. The adventure level is up to you.
Hells Canyon affords SRE the opportunity to showcase Idaho in all its splendor. In early summer the canyon abounds in luscious green and wildflowers. By peak summer the canyon turns golden, with hot days and warm water. You may find yourself floating beside your raft more than in it; regardless, you will find that your fellow travelers are more than willing to cool you down with a spirited water fight. Hells Canyon is home to an abundant array of wildlife including bighorn sheep, mountain goats, deer, elk, bears, otters, along with song birds and raptors (eagles, owls, hawks and vultures). You will explore old homesteads and mining claims and view pictographs and petroglyphs. In the evening SRE guides will wine, dine and entertain. With our 30+ years in the hospitality business, those who have traveled with us before know that SRE guides put on a Dutch oven affair to remember.
We provide transportation to and from the river on our 3-day adventures, delivering you back to Riggins by about 5:00 p.m. on the last day. On 4 and 5-day adventures we provide transportation to the river from our meeting place at Riggins, then have your car professionally shuttled to Heller Bar to be waiting for you when you get off the river by about 3:00 p.m. A shuttle charge of $150 per vehicle applies to 5-day adventures.