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Hells Gate State Park

5100 Hells Gate Rd

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.


Sandy Paul

Friday, Aug. 10, 2018
Really nice shady place. On Snake River with access to water to cool off and float. Marina not over crowded, easy boat launching. Hopefully they can dredge soon though. You can rent a boat slip so you don't have to relaunch each day. RV sites have plenty of room between them and extra room for a tent also. Each loop has plenty of shade, which is important since we happen to hit a 100+ heat wave week. River water temps ran between 72-75, perfect! There is a swimming area with beach, tables and playground. Also suggest the Jet Boat tours available, at Hells Gate State Park. The only thing I wish they had was more sites with sewer hookup, but other than that, we really enjoyed this Idaho State Park.

Russel Callen

Sunday, July 29, 2018
Nice setting with trees for shade, a decent beach area with playground for kids. The bathrooms could get more attention. Overall the RV camping spaces worked well for our needs, reliable power even during a heatwave...good water pressure. Just lacking on reliable cell signals if that matters to you.

Thomas Fearing

Friday, June 1, 2018
Physically beautiful state park, perfectly set along the east bank of the Snake River. Campground is huge and well maintained. All sites have electric and water service, but not sewer service. Weekends are busy. Best to schedule at stay during the week. While you're there, don't forget to check out the displays at the park's visitor center.

Jason Nichols

Tuesday, Aug. 7, 2018
This is a local Campground for us and it's always a decent experience. It's a little restrictive when it comes to people visiting while you are camping but I imagine state parks are no matter where you go. Most of the staff are pretty friendly. One of the older gentleman that works in the evening seems a bit cranky but I'm sure he could be worse. You definitely think twice about being Rowdy after 10 in the evening.

Sara McBride

Friday, July 27, 2018
While the park it’s self is wonderful our stay was not. We had a campground host that continued to harass us until we finally had to get the ranger involved. The bathrooms were dirty, clumps if hair in the shower, toilets that needed to be cleaned, and guest had to provide there own hand soap. While I wish this camping experience was a great as our last I am afraid it was not. It is safe to say that we most likely won’t be returning due to being Harrassed by a camp ground host who choose us to pick on and not the other campers he complained about.

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