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Hells Canyon National Recreation Area, Lewiston

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Hells Canyon National Recreation Area is a United States National Recreation Area located on the borders of the U.S. states of Oregon and Idaho. The recreation area, which is managed by the United States Forest Service as part of the Wallowa-Whitman National Forest, was established by U.S. Congress in 1975 to protect the historic and archaeological values of the Hells Canyon area and the area of the Snake River between Hells Canyon Dam and the Oregon-Washington border.Roughly 215000acre of the recreation area are designated the Hells Canyon Wilderness. There are nearly 900mi of hiking trails in the recreation area. The largest portion of the area lies in eastern Wallowa County, Oregon. Smaller portions lie in southwestern Idaho County, Idaho, northwestern Adams County, Idaho, and northeastern Baker County, Oregon.Hells Canyon Archeological DistrictAll or partly included in the HCNRA is the Hells Canyon Archeological District, a 12000acre historic district that is listed on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places. The district includes 536 contributing sites, 23 contributing buildings, and 58 other contributing structures.
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  • Viewed the Canyon on a jet boat tour and it is magnificent. The terrain is awesome and ever changing as you penetrate the canyon. We had a change to see Big Horn Sheep, Rocky Mountain Elk and mule dee...  more »
  • The deepest river gorge in North America. Stunning views, beautiful river, wildlife, great temperatures...need i say more?  more »
  • A very picturesque area. Great Discovery Center with a interesting film on Lewis and Clark. You can see the cities of Lewiston, Clarkston,and Asotin.  more »
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  • Awesome place, highly recommend making time for this gem. Beautiful scenery, great lakes, and wonderful vista views make this place a must see. Visit Riggins, Idaho ii's a super little town with very friendly people. Stop by and visit with Sylvia Gerber, she owns a little antique shop on the main drag as you drive into town.
  • We did a river tour down Hells Canyon that was great.