01 Snake River


SELF-ISSUE RIVER PERMITS are required for the entire river corridor during the Secondary season. This season begins September 11th through the Thursday proceeding Memorial day each year. Self issue permits are available at each portal and the same rules apply as during the Primary season. Party size cannot exceed 8 craft or 24 people. Human waste must be carried out. All conditions of use are listed on the back of each permit. Please refer to them before completing your permit and launching your float trip.

Permit Availability

River Description

Hells Canyon National Recreation Area (HCNRA) straddles the Snake River, forming the boundary between Idaho and Oregon. The 652,488-acre recreation area was created by an act of Congress in 1975. Although the HCNRA includes portions of the Nez Perce, Payette, and Wallowa-Whitman National Forests, it is managed by the Wallowa-Whitman National Forest. The Hells Canyon Wilderness comprises nearly 215,000 acres within the HCNRA. About 67.5 miles of the Snake River in Hells Canyon National Recreation Area were designated in 1975 as a component of the National Wild and Scenic Rivers System. Here, the river is managed to preserve its free-flowing character and unique environment while providing for continued public use. The outstanding remarkable values for which the river was designated include: scenic, recreation, geologic, wildlife, fisheries, and cultural resources (historic & prehistoric).


A: Available for online reservation (click to book entry date)
L: Accepting Lottery Application (click to apply for the lottery)
W: Available at the Facility
R: Reserved
C: Closed
X: Not available
Recreation.gov helps you discover and book trips to all of America's public places.
Learn more about us, or about any of our agency partners below:
Bureau of Land Management Federal Highway Administration National Oceanic Atmosphere Administration Smithsonian Institution USDA Forest Service US Army Corps of Engineers US Fish and Wildlife Service National Park Service Bureau of Engraving and Printing Tennessee Valley Authority Bureau of Reclamation National Archives Records Administration