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Snake River Rafting

The Snake River in Hells Canyon

The Snake River through Hells Canyon is North America’s deepest river canyon. This historic wilderness river corridor is home to everything from relaxing slow-moving stretches to thrilling class III and IV whitewater rapids. Plus, it’s a world-class fishery full of wild Rainbow Trout and prehistoric White Sturgeon.The Snake River through Hells Canyon is the perfect setting for a rafting adventure guided by the experts at Winding Waters River Expeditions. We offer a variety of 3, 4, 5, and 6-day trips, as well as specialty adventures.

Your Snake River in Hells Canyon Rafting Adventure

On your Snake River in Hells Canyon rafting trip, you’ll:

  • Run through powerful, world-class rapids, including class III and IV whitewater rapids
  • Visit pictograph and homesteader sites along the river
  • Fish for Rainbow Trout and White Sturgeon
  • Enjoy gourmet food made fresh using local ingredients
  • See Golden Eagles, Rocky Mountain Bighorn Sheep, and a myriad of other wildlife and wildflowers

What’s Included In Your Adventure?

All of our Snake River in Hells Canyon rafting trips at Winding Waters River Expeditions include:

  • Transportation to and from the river from Joseph, Oregon*
  • All necessary equipment, including high-quality, roomy tents and thick, comfortable sleeping pads
  • All gourmet meals, including options to meet gluten-free, vegetarian and other dietary needs
  • Full-service guides with years of rafting experience to help you enjoy the trip of a lifetime

*For all adventures except 3-day trips, you will park your vehicle at our Boathouse and we will provide round-trip transportation back to your vehicle. On 3-day trips, your vehicle will be shuttled from the launch point to Pittsburg Landing in Idaho.

Hells Canyon / Snake River 5 Day Rafting Adventure

Embark on a 5-day adventure in the the deepest river canyon in all of North America. Our white water rafting trips on the Snake River through Hells Canyon cover nearly 80 miles through the heart of Hells Canyon from the Dam to Heller Bar in Idaho. Fish for Rainbow Trout and White Sturgeon, enjoy delicious gourmet meals, and let our guides help you enjoy the trip of a lifetime.

Season: Late April – Late September

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Hells Canyon / Snake River 3 Day Rafting Adventure

Let our full-service guides lead you on a 3-day, 32 mile adventure through upper Hells Canyon. You’ll travel from Hells Canyon Dam down to Pittsburg Landing in Idaho. You’ll run through some of the biggest whitewater rapids in the Northwest, fish for White Sturgeon, and enjoy delicious, gourmet meals from locally sourced ingredients.

Season: Late April – Late September

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Photography and Wildflowers

Join Fine Art Photographer and Naturalist Kendrick Moholt on a 5-day, 51 mile Photography Workshop and rafting adventure through the heart of Hells Canyon from Hells Canyon Creek all the way to Heller Bar. You’ll run through class III and IV rapids, including the world-famous Granite and Wild Sheep rapids. Learn from a pro, visit a variety of historical sites, eat gourmet food, all while having the adventure of a lifetime.

May 16-20, 2021

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Plate & Pitchfork in Hells Canyon

The 10th Annual Plate and Pitchfork Raft Trip- a wonderful food-lovers adventure featuring Owner/Chef Ben Bettinger from the Laurelhurst Market and Big’s Chicken in Portland, OR. Beyond great food, you’ll absolutely love this 3-day trip, floating class III & IV whitewater rapids, the beautiful scenery, world-class fishing, and relaxing evenings looking at impossibly starry skies.

July 10-12, 2021

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Hells Canyon / Snake River 8 Day Paddles to Saddles

Embark on the ultimate Pacific Northwest adventure: an 8-day trip to both the deepest river canyon in all of North America and the oldest designated Wilderness in Oregon. Spend 4 days whitewater rafting on the Snake River in Hells Canyon, then spend 3 days horseback riding and hiking in the Eagle Cap Wilderness of the Wallowa Mountains.

August 11-18, 2021

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Fishtrap Outpost

Join author Craig Childs on a writing workshop rafting adventure in the deepest river gorge wilderness in North America, Hells Canyon. Sponsored by Fishtrap and guided by the crew at WWRE. A once in a lifetime opportunity.

September 3-9, 2021

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Hells Canyon 4 Day Bass & Trout Fishing

Hells Canyon Smallmouth Bass & Rainbow Trout are fighters on the line and a thrill to catch. Let our guides show you the secrets of catching these beauties on the Snake River. Enjoy the fishing trip of a lifetime in the deepest river gorge in North America.

Season: September, 2021

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