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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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  • We rode a jet boat into the canyon for a fun day trip. Plusses were seeing male and female Rocky Mountain Big Horn sheep and a Native American petroglyph at Buffalo Eddy. 
  • We were on a road trip heading to Walla Walla Washington and stumbled on Hells Canyon. We took Highway 71 in from the South Side at Brownlee Dam to Copperfield, then took 39 towards Joesph. The views ...  read more »
  • We visited in early September. Weather was perfect. Not too hot; not too cold. School was started, so no crowds. Hells Canyon was peculiar. It's not a monument or park, so it's not as built up as they...  read more »
  • We did a river tour down Hells Canyon that was great.
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