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Hells Canyon Park
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Campsites: There are 124 RV camping sites that include water, a fire pit, electricity, and a picnic table. There are also 15 tent sites with water, fire pits and picnic tables. Picnic areas are located throughout the park as well as a group shelter or two. To arrange for a group to use one of these shelters, please call 1(541)785-3323.
Fees as of February 2010: RV sites are $16 per night summer rate and $8 per night winter rate. Tents are $10 per night in the summer and $5 in the winter. Fees are due within the first 2 hours of your stay and these sites are not reservable. They are all on a first come, first serve basis.
Boating: There are two boat ramps for accessing the reservoir. These are both in the same area and have a large boat parking area. The only fish cleaning facility in Hells Canyon is located by the restrooms at the boat ramps here in Woodhead Park. People use the reservoir for fishing, boating , skiing...just plain having fun on the water.
Public phones are available in Woodhead Park. However, I had no reception on my AT&T cell phone.
An RV dump station is conveniently located for use at the exit of Woodhead Park..
Restrooms are flushing and very well kept. There are showers available also.
Woodhead Park is handicap accessible.
Fishing in Brownlee Reservoir includes many species of fish. Bass, crappie, bluegill and trout are a few favorites. Brownlee Reservoir is one of the best fisheries for crappie and bass in the state of Idaho. I personally know of several people that have returned home with a cooler full of crappie.
If you enjoy wildlife, there is an abundance of opportunities for your enjoyment. On my drive to Woodhead Park, I saw flocks of turkey, 3 elk, 6 deer, 6 bighorn sheep, 2 bald eagles, as well as numerous ducks and geese. I am sure there are many more species to enjoy. Note the bald eagle in the banner below. A note of caution, rattlesnakes do inhabit Hells Canyon!
There is a store located just 3 miles away. You pass it coming in. Other nearby camping sites include McCormick Park, Hells Canyon Park, and several undeveloped sites scattered along the shore. The Oregon side also offers a number of sites not included in this review.
For park info call (541)540-7209. See Idaho Powers map of Hells Canyon.
Location: From Cambridge, Idaho, turn west on Idaho 71 for about 28 miles until you reach the Hells Canyon area, then watch for the sign.
Reviewed February, 2010
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