By Karen Huwe
The Times 

Hells Gate State Park

Around the Valley: With Karen Huwe


September 22, 2022

Karen Huwe

Above-Steve, Allen & Sandy ride the paved trail along the river.

Hells Gate State Park, located in Lewiston, Idaho, was once the site of a Nez Perce village. Today, one can enjoy an abundance of activities.

Located along the Snake River, park visitors appreciate the outdoors as they enjoy swimming at the long stretch of day-use beach, boating, fishing, and kayaking. Another adventure is stopping at the marina to schedule a day trip up Hells Canyon on a jet boat.

Out of the water, you can play disc golf, take a walk, or ride your bicycle on the trails around the park. Riding the paved path alongside the river for four miles takes you to a bridge that crosses the river. From there, you can ride a path on the other side to Asotin, Washington.

Hells Gate has over 80 campsites in three loops, offering plenty of grass, a table, and a fire pit at each site. Deer and turkeys visit the campsites, and geese are abundant along the river. Relaxing with family and friends, playing cornhole, and watching the kids run and play is a great way to spend time outdoors. Cooking great food on the BBQ and beating the guys in Sequence is always a good time.

Entering the park, you will want to stop at the Lewis & Clark Discovery Center. There is a gift shop, interpretive exhibits, and interesting films about Lewis & Clark. Outside the Center is a two-acre interpretive plaza with a stream, exhibits, and sculptures.

The Park is also where you can visit the Jack O'Connor Hunting Heritage Education Center. The outdoor writer and conservationist Jack O'Connor's hunting trophies are displayed, and you will learn the story of America's hunting heritage.

One park with lots to do. Visit for the day or stay a few. You won't be disappointed.


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