Hells Canyon Area - Hells Canyon ParkOxbow Oregon
46 mi NW of Cambridge, ID 83610
Description and Local Attractions
Located on Hells Canyon Road, six miles downstream of Copperfield Park.
The Snake River likely got its name from the first explorers who misinterpreted the hand gesture made by the Shoshone people who identified themselves in sign language by moving the hand in a swimming motion. This sign, which appeared to explorers to be a snake, signified they lived near the river with many fish. In the 1950’s the name “Hells Canyon” was borrowed from Hells Canyon Creek, which enters the river near what is now Hells Canyon Dam.
Day use in the park is free.
- 21 RV sites (parallel parking) with water and electric hookups (30-amp)
- 3 dry RV sites (in the boat ramp parking lot) with electric hookups
- 3 RV waterfront sites (parallel parking) – no water or electric hookups
- 7 tent sites
- Picnic area with tables
- Fire rings
- Public pay phone (phone card required for non-local calls)
Road status: Call 541-785-7251 to get a recorded status update about the road condition between Oxbow and Hells Canyon Dam. This is road is sometimes closed due to maintenance or road conditions.
RV site $16/night
Tent site $10/night
Winter (Nov. 1 - March 31)
RV site $8/night
Tent site $5/night
Phone $15/site – call 1-844-472-7275 to make a reservation
Applicable state taxes will be added to all fees. Reservation fee is non-refundable.
Reservations may be cancelled up to 48 hours prior to arrival date for a refund of campsite fees. Follow these steps to cancel a reservation:
Note: The reservation fee is non-refundable; in addition, a cancellation fee of $10 will apply.
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There is a 14-day stay limit for all parks.
Check-in time is 2 p.m. MDT (local park time).
Check-out time is 1 p.m. MDT (local park time).
Only one camping unit (maximum eight persons) per designated campsite is permitted.
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