Hells Canyon is an impressive chunk of land on the Washington-Idaho border that the Snake River cuts through. The canyon is deep and is popular with boaters, anglers, hikers, jetskiers, waterskiers, birdwatchers, and more. There are few points to access the water from and the dams located there are very interesting too.
Here is a look at five fun facts about Hells Canyon.
Hells Canyon is the deepest river gorge in North America. At its deepest, it is measured at 7,993 feet.
Missed It By That Much
Members of the Lewis and Clark Expedition, using the Salmon River, came extremely close to Hells Canyon during the Corps of Discovery’s journey west to the Pacific Ocean in 1806, but turned back before seeing the majestic deep canyons.
There’s Gold In That Thar Canyon!
Gold was discovered on the gravel river bars in Hells Canyon during the 1860s. Because of its inaccessibility and remoteness, most of the miners left soon after and the region was described as not being profitable.
Slow That River Up!
In 1955, the Federal Power Commission approved plans for three dams in Hells Canyon. The first to be completed was Brownlee Dam, then came Oxbow Dam, and finally Hells Canyon Dam.
A Whole Lotta Walkin!
In the entire Hells Cayon Wilderness Area there are approximately 360 miles of hiking trails.