Posts tagged: Hells Canyon
WHITEWATER — This isn't one of those adrenaline rush whitewater videos. Instead it's an instructive video for rafters wanting to visualize the scenery and the water as you'd do a five-day float the Lower Salmon River into the Snake.
This video was shot by Spokane rafter Tanner Grant during a Sept. 16-20, 2011, drift of the Lower Salmon and Snake Rivers. They put in just above Hammer Creek on the Salmon and took out at Heller Bar on the Snake. Flows were around 4,700 cfs.
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RUNNING RIVERS — My wife and I and a dozen friends in our would-be rafting group feel your pain if you didn't draw a coveted permit to reserve a launch date for one of Idaho's four famous wilderness whitewater rivers.
We bombed, too.
The competition is stiff for the annual drawing to run the Salmon, Middle Fork, Selway or Hells Canyon of the Snake. But it's funny how some groups never get drawn and others seem to luck out and draw a permit every year.
Everyone who applied this year has received a query from the Forest Service, which is considering a weighted lottery for river permits roughly similar to that used in most states for issuing hunting permits. In other words, every time you apply and don't get selected, you gain chances that give you better odds in the next year's drawing.
It' a good idea? If you have a stake in this, read these details from the Forest Service and email them your thoughts.
North Idaho outdoorsman Todd Hoffman said he's already replied the Salmon-Challis National Forest with these suggestions for a weighted lottery:
- Cap preference points to five.
- Limit trips to one per person per year.
- Allow pooling of applications and preference points.
- Set preference points to zero for any one who draws a permit or who participates in another permit holders trip.
- Release any unused commercial launches to private boaters.
- Create an online follow up lottery for cancellations.
- Implement smaller caps for trip sizes, but create more launches.
RIVER RUNNING — The jet boats are coming!
Boating enthusiasts are being advised that ON SHORE is going to be the safest place along the Snake River in the Lewiston-Clarkston Valley from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. this weekend.
Some of the fastest boats in the world will be traveling up and down the Snake River this weekend as jet boat races return to the Lewiston-Clarkston Valley.
Participants are expected to reach speeds up to 130 mph as they race from Hells Gate State Park to Bear Bar in Hells Canyon.
Read on for details in a report from Eric Barker of the Lewiston Tribune.
HIKING — After reading my series of stories on early spring hikng in Sunday's Outdoors section, several readers have emailed reports aboout rockslides and closures on Snake River Trail 102 between Pittsburg Landing to Kirkwood Ranch in Hells Canyon.
But according to an advisory posted May 25 on the Wallowa-Whitman National Forest Snake River website, the Snake River Trail is closed about 3/4 mile south of Kirkwood Ranch.
That means the trail is still open for the 5.2-mile stretch between Pittsburg Landing and the ranch site and then 3/4-mile farther.
A reader who recently talked to a Hells Canyon staffer said he reported the forest will need a blasting crew to fix the trail. That might not happen until later in the summer.
Watch the advisory website or call this number on weekdays for updates: (208) 628-3916.