Quiet and grassy campsites along the shores of the Snake River await campers at Hells Gate. The park is situated at the lowest elevation in Idaho. At just 733 feet above sea level, the long season of warm weather gives rise to Lewiston's reputation as Idaho's Banana Belt.
Hells Gate lies on river bottom left over from the great ice age floods about 15,000 years ago. At the south end of the park are basaltic columns from the Pomona flows 14 million years ago. Hells Gate State Park was once the site of a Nez Perce Village. Little is left of the village, but depressions south of the campground are the remnants of pit houses used for years by the Nez Perce as they fished for lamprey near Astoin Creek.
Overnight camping: 29 standard, 51 serviced, 3 ADA campsites, 8 cabins (1 ADA)
Amenities: Flush toilets, showers, dump station, electricity
Boating: Ramp, marina, docks
Activities: Camp, picnic, hike, mountain bike, cycle, fish, boat, swim, water sports, wildlife viewing, horseback riding, jet boat trips into Hells Canyon
Group shelters, camp, amphitheater, conference rooms
Trails: Hike, bike, horse; hard path
Wildlife: Steelhead, smallmouth bass, catfish, trout, sturgeon; waterfowl, pelicans, herons, swans, deer, otter, bighorn sheep
Learn: Lewis and Clark Discovery Center (with displays, movies about Corp of Discovery and Nez Perce Tribe), Jack O'Connor Hunting Heritage Education Center
Nearby attractions: Golf, hang gliding, hot air ballooning, helicopter tours, Nez Perce history, outfitted fishing and hunting trips, national recreation areas and trails
Rent or buy: Rent kayaks, purchase gifts, souvenirs and disc golf supplies for purchase at Visitors Center Nature Store
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