Pittsburg Landing To Heller Bar


The snake river is considered a scenic river at this point.  This is still a remote canyon with many class II rapids and camps.  Many boaters float this section by continuing from the Hells Canyon run, putting in at Pittsburg Landing, or floating in from the lower Salmon River where it joins the Snake River in this section.

Suggested river levels for paddling this section of the Snake River are between a bare minimum of 6,000cfs and a high of 80,000cfs. River conditions sourced from USGS 13290450, the Snake River At Hells Canyon Dam Id-Or State Line Remember only watercraft are permitted at Pittsburg Landing to Heller Bar.

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Whitewater Rapids

Obstacles on the river run
Lower Pittsburg Rapid
Class II
Upper Pleasant Valley Rapid
Class II
Lower Pleasant Valley Rapid
Class II
Davis Creek Rapid
Class II
Unnamed Rapid
Class II
Somers Creek Rapid
Class II
Cottonwood Rapid
Class II
Lookout Creek Rapid
Class II
Lower Lookout Creek Rapid
Class II
Highrange Rapid
Class II
Copper Creek Rapid
Class II
Roland Bar Rapid
Class II
Wolf Creek Rapid
Class II
Five Pine Rapid
Class II
Unnamed Rapid
Class II
Dry Creek Rapid
Class II
Unnamed Rapid
Class II
Big Sulphur Rapid
Class II
Boulder Rapid
Class II
Deep Creek Rapid
Class II
Unnamed Rapid
Class II
Robinson Gulch Rapid
Class II
Dug Creek Rapid
Class II
Lower Dug Bar Rapid
Class II
Warm Springs Rapid
Class II to II+
White Horse Rapid
Class II
Zig Zag Rapid
Class II
Divide Creek Rapid
Class II
Imnaha Rapid
Class III
Unnamed Rapid
Class II
Mountain Sheep Rapid
Class II
Salmon River Falls Rapid
Class II
Frenchy Rapid
Class II
Cook Creek Rapid
Class II
Cougar Bar Rapids
Class II
McDuff Rapid
Class II
Shovel Creek Rapid
Class II
Wild Goose Rapid
Class II
Deer Head Rapids
Class II
Limekiln Rapid
Class II

Area Hydrology

Gauge Streamflow Stage
Sweetwater Creek At Mouth At Sweetwater Id
USGS 13342340
8 cfs 3.7 ft
Asotin Creek At Asotin
USGS 13335050
146 cfs 2.6 ft
Imnaha River At Imnaha
USGS 13292000
150 cfs ft
Clear Ck At Kooskia National Fish Hatchery
USGS 13337099
212 cfs 12.8 ft
Snake River At Hells Canyon Dam Id-Or State Line
USGS 13290450
13,900 cfs 65.4 ft
Little Salmon River At Riggins Id
USGS 13316500
853 cfs 4.1 ft
Lapwai Creek Nr Lapwai Id
USGS 13342450
203 cfs 3.6 ft
Sf Clearwater River At Stites Id
USGS 13338500
1,390 cfs 4.4 ft
Snake River Near Anatone
USGS 13334300
32,500 cfs 7.0 ft
Clearwater River At Spalding Id
USGS 13342500
22,200 cfs 8.0 ft
Snotel Site Snowpack 24hr Change
Secesh Summit
SNOTEL 740
57" -1"
Elk Butte
SNOTEL 466
83" -1"
Bear Basin
SNOTEL 319
44" 0"
West Branch
SNOTEL 855
33" -3"
Moscow Mountain
SNOTEL 989
45" -2"
Squaw Flat
SNOTEL 782
32" -1"
Brundage Reservoir
SNOTEL 370
58" -2"
Long Valley
SNOTEL 1016
6" -1"
Bear Saddle
SNOTEL 324
47" -1"

Outdoor Recreation

Campground Campsites Reservations Toilets Showers Elevation
Windy Saddle 4 7,585 ft
Seven Devils 10 7,546 ft
Seven Devils - Hells Canyon Wilderness 7 7,513 ft
Pittsburg - Hells Canyon 28 1,223 ft
Ski Area Snowpack Air Temperature 5 Day Forecast
Cottonwood Butte 0" 46° 6.32"
River Run Streamflow Length Class
Hammer Creek to Heller Bar (Lower Salmon) 853.0cfs 50.0 Mi III- to IV
Hells Canyon (Hells Canyon Dam to Pittsburg Landing) 13900.0cfs 31.5 Mi III to IV
Pittsburg Landing to Heller Bar 13900.0cfs 46.0 Mi II to III