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Snake River Rules and Regulations

A permit is required for all private power and float boating on the Wild and Scenic Snake River within the Hells Canyon National Recreation Area year round. A reservation number is required on the permit during the primary season.

The trip leader must have a permit in possession and display it upon request by any Forest Officer.

Permits

  • Primary Season from the Friday preceding Memorial Day through September 10th
  • Secondary Season from September 11th through the Thursday preceding Memorial Day
  • There is a $6.00 non-refundable application fee for all river reservations
  • MAXIMUM PARTY SIZE is 24 People

FLOATCRAFT

  • Limit of 8 floatcraft per float party.
  • Reservation identification tags are required and must be attached to and displayed by each floatcraft during the primary season.
  • Floatcraft operators may have a "kicker" motor, 15 hp max, mounted on their craft, even during periods where powerboats are prohibited. Operation of the motor at any time on the Wild River section is PROHIBITED, except during emergencies.
  • BOAT REGISTRATION NUMBERS on motorized rivercraft must be displayed pursuant to State and Federal requirements. This includes floatcraft with kickers.

WILD RIVER NON MOTORIZED PERIODS

Possessing or operating a motorized rivercraft is prohibited in the section of the Wild River between the top of Wild Sheep Rapids and the upper landing at Kirkwood Historic Ranch during the non motorized periods. These periods are Monday Tuesday Wednesday beginning the first Monday in June and continuing every other week through the end of August. If the July 4th holiday falls in a non motorized period, the non motorized period will be the following week and every other week thereafter.

The use of NON VALID RIVERCRAFT is prohibited. Information on the types of valid and non valid rivercraft is posted at all river permit stations or call (509) 758 0616.

CAMPING

    Primary Season:
  • Wild River Hells Canyon Dam to Upper Pittsburg Landing Three Days and Two Nights per Campsite.
  • Scenic River Upper Pittsburg Landing to Cache Creek Adm. Site Four Days and Three Nights per Campsite.
  • Each party may not occupy more than one campsite per night.
  • Camping at Upper or Lower Granite Creek is limited to one night per trip.
  • Secondary Season:
  • Stay lengths of up to 14 days and 13 nights per campsite.

Other General Rules

  • EQUIPMENT LEFT UNATTENDED for more than 24 hours without permission from a Forest Officer is not authorized.
  • LAUNCHING OF FLOATCRAFT FROM PRIVATE POWERBOATS, year-round in the Wild River and on Friday, Saturday or Sunday in the Scenic River is prohibited.
  • A PERSONAL FLOTATION DEVICE (PFD) IS REQUIRED for each person on any rivercraft.
  • CHILDREN 12 years or younger are REQUIRED to wear a PFD at all times while rivercraft is under way.
  • USE OR DISPOSAL of soap, detergent or other pollutants in the river is prohibited.
  • SANITATION All solid human waste must be carried out and disposed of as required by local regulations. All trips must be equipped with an approved carry out system RV dump station compatible or equipment indelibly marked with name, address, and phone number of party member. Strain waste water (dishwater) and dispose of at least 100 feet from the outer edge of campsite and river. You are required to pack out all garbage.
  • Use of FUEL ABSORPTION MATERIAL is required during any on river fueling operation.
  • Obey the NO WAKE ZONES within 200 feet of developed recreation and administrative sites at Hells Canyon Creek, Kirkwood, Pittsburg Landing, Copper Creek, Dug Bar and Cache Creek.
  • DROP CAMPS are not authorized during the primary season unless transportation is provided by Commercial Outfitters. Commercial Outfitters, reference Special Use Permit, Annual Operating Plan for guidelines pertaining to drop camp transportation. A permit must be completed for each drop camp location.
  • ANY TYPE OF COMMERCIAL ACTIVITY WITHOUT A SPECIAL USE AUTHORIZATION IS PROHIBITED.
  • OPERATING ANY RIVERCRAFT IN A RECKLESS OR CARELESS MANNER OR WHILE UNDER THE INFLUENCE OF INTOXICANTS IS PROHIBITED.
  • DISCHARGING A FIREARM or other instrument capable of causing death or injury within 150 yards of an occupied area, or in any manner or place where persons or property could be injured or damaged is prohibited.
  • POSSESSION AND/OR DISCHARGE OF FIREWORKS is prohibited.
  • CUTTING OR GATHERING ANY FIREWOOD within the river corridor is prohibited. OPEN CAMPFIRES are prohibited. FIREPANS are required to contain camp and/or cooking fires year round. Use of wood for fuel is prohibited from July 1 through September 15. All ashes and other fire residue must be packed out.
  • The Forest Service cooperates with State and Counties enforcement of all applicable laws, including laws pertaining to boating safety and boating under the influence of intoxicants.
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