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Hells and High Water

With the snowpack in the west generally above average this winter, we’re bringing back our popular Hells and High Water Adventure. For 3 days May 19-21, we’ll float the big whitewater through the heart of Hells Canyon. Some rapids will be larger and some will be washed out. We’ll also soak up the beautiful wildflowers during the “greening” of Hells Canyon, a time during which we liken this magnificent canyon to Ireland.

According to the Idaho SNOTEL Report on March 19, 2017 (on the Natural Resource Conservation Service website), the Snake and Salmon River Basins are well above average snowpack numbers so far:

What do these numbers mean for the flows in Hells Canyon for our trip? Currently Idaho Power, who controls the dams and reservoirs above Hells Canyon, is releasing water in anticipation of the snowmelt. Below are the current flows in Hells Canyon. 70,000 cubic feet per second is pretty spicy! We anticipate these flows will remain high as the snowpack melts off and continues to fill the reservoirs. Join us on this trip and experience the thrill of this high water for yourself!