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Hells Gate State Park, Lewiston

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Hells Gate State Park is the gateway to both Idaho's Lewis and Clark country and to Hells Canyon, the deepest river gorge in North America. Shady campsites along the Snake River make comfortable base-camps for exploration of the surrounding area. Jet boat excursions into Hells Canyon leave on a regular basis from the park's docks. The Nez Perce National Historic Park is only 30 minutes away. A wide choice of restaurants and shopping are just minutes away, in nearby Lewiston Idaho.
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  • I think lots of people confuse this park with Hell's Gate Canyon and expect some sort of dazzling Grand Canyon. If these dongs would do their research they would see what this park is. It's a great pl...  more »
  • A nice, inexpensive place to camp. Located along the Snake River.. Has some hookups as well. Has a small cafe and nature museum. About a mile west of Lewiston off Snake River Avenue. Yearly activities...  more »
  • This Idaho state park is awesome, very clean, green grassy area with table & firepits & clean restrooms. Camp hosts are cool. The best is the few-miles-long walking path along the river. Also the free...  more »
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  • The beaches are nasty, the park rangers are A holes and most of all it's a pain in the butt to schedule a camp spot. It's $5 per day per vehicle, $24 per day for a camp spot then when you think your done they hit you with a $10 scheduling fee. Oh and if you make a mistake and call back even 5 minutes later to correct it, they charge that $10 fee again. So then after you pay all this money, then some A hole park ranger comes by and tells you your tire is to close to the edge of the pavement and is touching grass, if it happens again he will give you an $80 ticket. Also, I'm an Idaho resident, these fees are even more if your out of state.
  • I used the archery range quite a bit. Great outdoor opportunities. Also visit the Jack O'Connor museum. Her was a hunting legend and writer for Outdoor Life magazine. Meant trophy mounts are on display.
  • The park was in bloom; green and beautiful. The Lewis and Clark Discovery center was informational. The most disappointing part was the trails. They don't lead anywhere, not much to see that you can't see from the road in your car. We'd like to go again when it's warmer to go swimming and have a picnic!
  • Basic State Park, bathrooms and showers decent, area dry and hot. The disappointing event occurred as were breaking camp, the lawn mower guy decided to cut the grass in site 92 (we were in site 91) and repeatedly raised huge clouds of dust and grass clippings from the riding lawn tractor. The dust covered us, our equipment, filled our vehicle. It was 8:20 am. He didn't leave until I stood in his way to ask him to mow in another part of the nearly empty campground.
  • Nicest beach in the area. Playground for kids, gazebos with barbecues. Also, they offer the best camping experience around here.