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Lewiston, Idaho

Hells Gate State Park

Lewiston, Idaho



Lewiston, Idaho
Phone: (208) 799-5015

Sites: 93
Recent Rate: $43 7/2016

Latitude: 46.365676408136
Longitude: -117.05825328827

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Campground Overview
  • Pull-thru Sites Pull-thru Sites yes
  • Big Rig Access Big Rig Access yes
  • Tent Camping Tent Camping yes
  • Restrooms (Plumbed) Restrooms (Plumbed) yes
  • Pit Toilets Pit Toilets ?
  • Showers Showers yes
  • $0.00 Shower Fee Shower Fee 0.00
  • Laundry Facilities Laundry Facilities ?
  • $0.00 Laundry Fee Laundry Fee 0.00
  • Dump Station Dump Station yes
  • $0.00 Dump Station Fee Dump Station Fee 0.00
  • Propane Available Propane Available ?
  • Firewood Available Firewood Available yes
  • Cabins / Cottages / Yurts Cabins / Cottages / Yurts yes
  • Water Spigot Water Spigot ?
  • Picnic Shelter Picnic Shelter yes
  • RV Wash RV Wash no
  • $0.00 RV Wash Fee RV Wash Fee 0.00
  • Corral Corral ?
  • Landing Strip Landing Strip ?
  • Overflow Parking Overflow Parking yes
Hookups & Connectivity
  • Electric (30 AMP) Electric (30 AMP) yes
  • Electric (50 AMP) Electric (50 AMP) yes
  • Water Water yes
  • Sewer Sewer yes
  • WiFi WiFi ?
  • $0.00 WiFi Fee WiFi Fee 0.00
  • Cellular Phone Service Cellular Phone Service yes
  • Verizon Cellular Phone Providers Cellular Phone Providers Verizon
  • Cable or Satellite TV Hookup Cable or Satellite TV Hookup no
  • Phone Phone no
  • Central Modem Central Modem no
Amenities
  • Pets Allowed Pets Allowed yes
  • 0 Maximum Pet Size (lbs.) Maximum Pet Size (lbs.) 0
  • Pool Access Pool Access no
  • Family Friendly Family Friendly yes
  • Playground Playground yes
  • Pet Area Pet Area ?
  • yes-river Waterfront Waterfront yes-river
  • Clubhouse Clubhouse ?
  • Camp Store Camp Store no
  • Cafe / Snack Bar Cafe / Snack Bar ?
  • Business Center Business Center ?
  • Group Camping Group Camping ?
  • Meeting Rooms Meeting Rooms ?
  • Group Kitchen Group Kitchen ?
  • Banquet Facilities Banquet Facilities ?
  • Concierge Services Concierge Services ?
Recreation
  • Walking Trail(s) Walking Trail(s) yes
  • Recreation Room Recreation Room ?
  • Gym/Workout Facilities Gym/Workout Facilities ?
  • Beach Access Beach Access ?
  • Boat Ramp Boat Ramp yes
  • Marina Marina ?
  • Boat Rentals Boat Rentals ?
  • Fishing Fishing yes
  • Golfing Golfing ?
  • Bike Path(s) Bike Path(s) yes
  • Bike Rentals Bike Rentals ?
  • Hiking Hiking ?
  • Spa Spa ?
  • Horseshoe Pit Horseshoe Pit ?
  • Volley Ball Volley Ball ?
  • Sports Field Sports Field ?
  • Arcade Games Arcade Games ?
  • Live Entertainment Live Entertainment ?
  • Amphitheatre Amphitheatre ?
  • Putt Putt Mini-Golf Putt Putt Mini-Golf ?
  • Billiards Billiards ?
  • Ping Pong Ping Pong ?
  • Lake Lake ?
  • Pond Pond ?
  • River River yes
  • Creek Creek ?
  • Ocean Ocean ?
  • Water Park Water Park ?
  • Casino Casino ?

Review Details

Ratings overview

41 Reviews

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Review Count: 8
States Visited: 5
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: July, 2016 - $43.00
Overall Rating:      

Rate shown includes both tax and $5/day car admittance fee, as it is a state park. For Idaho residents, you can deduct this cost if you have an annual pass to your parks. We should always show/share all taxes and fees to get an accurate picture of costs for visitors. We track the actual cost per night of each stay. As such, this park jumped into the top 15% costliest stay. The park is nice, great power, very well shaded, and reasonably quiet. Deer roamed the park Site was reasonably level although I did raise my front wheels on blocks and the jack logs, treated wood, were filled with earwigs when we prepared to leave. The trails are nice, a visitor center for the Lewis and Clark expedition is nearby, and you have convenient access to major stores in either Lewiston or Clarkston. The Verizon data signal was excellent - had some phone issues (on both phones) on one day only. We would stay here again. Be sure to look at the actual campground map as the Reserve America map site angles are not exactly representative - we try to get an east west site to reduce solar gain, and the actual park map is more representative. We camped at Hells Gate State Park in a Motorhome.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
Aspen Loop
Site Surface
Asphalt
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Long enough for my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

Jet boat ride up the Snake River into Hells Canyon was a fun day trip. Be sure to look at the Lewis and Clark "mural" etched into the concrete at the dock, tracking the story of their expedition from the Louisiana Purchase until their return.

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Review Count: 11
States Visited: 6
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: June, 2016 - $34.00
Overall Rating:      

This is a lovely park with large mature shade trees next to the Snake River. Sites were well separated with lots of grass. The grass needs lots of irrigation so be careful of what you leave outside. The staff was polite and asked us if it was ok to run the sprinklers next to the trailer. The temperatures were near 100 when we were there, but it was ok sitting under the trees, something I found amazing. We camped at Hells Gate State Park in a Travel Trailer.

Site Details

Site Surface
Asphalt
Site Type
Back in
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

Take time to wander through the interesting little town. The jet boat ride through Hell's Canyon is highly recommended.

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Review Count: 163
States Visited: 31
Helpful Reviews: 11

Date of Stay: August, 2015 - $28.00
Overall Rating:      

Very park-like, i.e. grassy areas with trees, but not forested. Many sites well shaded; some back up to Snake River. Campground host for each loop. A variety of hookup choices available. We were there during the week and the campground was probably 1/2 full, or a little more, the entire time. Boaters & bicyclists will enjoy this park, which is long & narrow on the riverbank. Quiet at night, as it's not on a major road, but there is road noise during the day from across the river in Clarkston, Washington, and there is noise from motorboats of all sizes on the river. Nice visitors center in the park dedicated to the Lewis & Clark expedition. We would definitely stay again when in this area. We camped at Hells Gate State Park in a Travel Trailer.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
31 - B loop
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table, Patio

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady
Tips for other Campers:

No place to note this on the form; our site was paved (asphalt). Shopping in Lewiston & Clarkston (across the river) includes chains, big box stores and tourist-boutiques; fast food and restaurants available in the area too.

Great burgers at Rooster's Landing bar-grill on Port Way in Clarkston; open for lunch as well as dinner.

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Review Count: 34
States Visited: 9
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: May, 2015 - $33.00
Overall Rating:      

Great park for a short stay. Nicely landscaped and maintained. Good selection of walking/hiking/bike riding trails. We camped at Hells Gate State Park in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Surface
Concrete
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade

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Review Count: 77
States Visited: 18
Helpful Reviews: 6

Date of Stay: September, 2014 - $38.00
Overall Rating:      

An attractive Idaho State Park with many mature trees and shaded campsites. Loops Alder and Birch (A&B) have W&E sites, while the Cottonwood (“C”) loop has “no service” (i.e. tent) sites. There is a nice, paved, walking/bicycling path running along the Salmon River. All camp facilities were clean and well tended. (Even the gravel area where we parked had been raked smooth prior to our arrival.) Camps sites are fairly level. There are some “big rig” sites, but most sites are probably more easily entered with a rig under 30 feet. Restrooms and showers were clean — and otherwise typical of the facilities seen in Washington or Oregon parks. No tokens or quarters were required, though for continued water, a button needed pushing every 45 to 60 seconds. No WiFi. Verizon signal was 3 bars. We camped at Hells Gate State Park in a Motorhome.

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Review Count: 44
States Visited: 17
Helpful Reviews: 8

Date of Stay: May, 2014 - $35.00
Overall Rating:      

We camped here on the first day of the Memorial Day weekend. My husband, who can be old and cranky about kids, was worried about the number of children that would be in the park for the holiday weekend. There were certainly children there, but they were extraordinarily well behaved. They can ride their bikes forever in a circular paths of the park. There are three loops, the first two dedicated to RVs and the third set up for tenting. We actually camped in the third loop because the other two were full, but we had a very nice pull through site and there were lots of other RVs in this loop as well as tents, just no hook ups. Our site had a nice view of the river. The sites are spaced perfectly from one another. Lots of trees and a gorgeous walking/biking path along the edge of the river. There is also a great swim beach and for us, a place to throw the toy in the water for our lab. The park is spotless and well groomed. The setting is spectacular. It was really hot the day we went, but the canopy of trees made is cool and welcoming. My only complaint is the front desk is quite up tight. We arrived at 1 PM and official check in time is 2 PM. Our site was empty but they would not let us go down there without signing a waiver about sprinklers damaging our trailer. I wondered, what about the trailers of the people that are already in there? And I mean they were strict about it! We waited in the parking lot with lots of other people whose sites were also empty. It just seemed a little ridiculous to me. Maybe they've had trouble in the past but it seemed overly cautious and regulatory to me. But would I stay here again? OMG, in a heartbeat! We camped at Hells Gate State Park in a Travel Trailer.

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Review Count: 15
States Visited: 7
Helpful Reviews: 2

Date of Stay: August, 2013 - $22.00
Overall Rating:      

This is a beautiful park! We were only there for one night, and decided not to stay longer because we had to be on our way and also because it was so hot. The sites are huge, spread out, very grassy, with a lot of big shade trees, and the Lewis and Clark center was fascinating. The rangers were pleasant and friendly and obviously enjoyed their jobs. We camped at Hells Gate State Park in a Motorhome.

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Review Count: 5
States Visited: 4
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: July, 2013 - $15.00
Overall Rating:      

RV park was very nice and well kept up. Plenty to do here and great roads to ride. Lots of good restaurants and sights. Fishing was good and river trips were fun. During the busy season it is best to make reservations early. We camped at Hells Gate State Park in a Tent Trailer.

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Review Count: 8
States Visited: 3
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: June, 2013 - $40.00
Overall Rating:      

Very nice park. Excellent sites, level, easy access to restrooms. Some great trails start w/in the park. There is also a marina, frisbee golf course and small restaurant/store. BEAUTIFUL check-in facility which is also an interpretive center. We camped at Hells Gate State Park in a Travel Trailer.

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Review Count: 115
States Visited: 34
Helpful Reviews: 4

Date of Stay: May, 2013 - $28.00
Overall Rating:      

Campground is right on the river. Roads and pads are paved. Our rig leveled easy enough with 4 Lego style blocks. Park allows fires and our neighbors kindly shared some of their smoke with us. There is an excellent Nature Center located at the entrance. Walking down to it, we saw an amazing assortment of wildlife: a beaver, muskrat, raccoon, ducks, geese, and osprey. There is a paved bike path that parallels the river right into town. The showers work on push buttons rather than knobs. Since we camped on a cold wet day, we skipped the showers since we couldn't tell if the showers were hot or not. We would camp here again, and did. We camped at Hells Gate State Park in a Truck Camper.

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Review Count: 236
States Visited: 35
Helpful Reviews: 17

Date of Stay: October, 2012 - $27.00
Overall Rating:      

The rate includes Reserve America fees of about three dollars a night. We like this Park and decided to make reservations so we could have full hookups with sewer for only two dollars more per day. There is no more rangers available so any issues are handled thru the campground host or an occasional Sheriff that cruises through the park, by the way there were no problems. The park fills up on the weekends but thins out on late Sunday. Bathrooms were dated but seem to be clean. This is a nice time of year to come, no bugs or critters flying or crawling around, we will come back but only after Labor Day. We camped at Hells Gate State Park in a Motorhome.

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Review Count: 27
States Visited: 14
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: October, 2012 - $23.00
Overall Rating:      

Open year round. $23.43 for electric/water sites, $26.56 for full hook-ups, but there are not many full service sites there. There is a dump station located right outside the entrance to the park. Nice showers, good electric and water. Spacious park with lots of walking trails. We lost our power at 10:30 pm, and it did not return until 6:30 am the next morning. We asked for a discount, but were told it was an 'act of God' due to winds the previous day, so no discount. I imagine the canyon can get pretty windy a lot of the time. Beautiful area. Would stay here again. We camped at Hells Gate State Park in a Truck Camper.

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Review Count: 55
States Visited: 14
Helpful Reviews: 4

Date of Stay: September, 2012 - $24.00
Overall Rating:      

Nice area, but too few sites have sewer hookup. Ample shade, and nice large sites that give you plenty of space. Area is infested with flying bugs and spiders! We were killing both in our rig constantly! Many campers, including the camp host in A-Loop, let their pets run loose! Rules not enforced at all regarding pets being on a leash, and picking up after your pooch! Very, very nice day use area with swim beach and boat launch! Due to the high temperatures and bug problem, wouldn't won't to stay at this park again. We camped at Hells Gate State Park in a Motorhome.

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Review Count: 147
States Visited: 20
Helpful Reviews: 10

Date of Stay: August, 2012 - $25.00
Overall Rating:      

The sites have nice lawns and are big. Our 40' motorhome fit just fine. There are many trees for shade. There are non-hookup sites which would be great for tenters. The other two loops have good 50A electric and water and some have sewer. There is a very large dump station area. The bathrooms are clean, large and have nice showers. The hosts and office personnel were very helpful. We chose a river site for an added cost but were very disappointed because there were only peek-through areas of river because of the thick growth of bushes, trees and tall grass. There was no river access from the campsites. There is a huge, very nice beach area within walking distance and a boat launch. This is a boaters paradise and many campers brought them. Definitely do not try to check in before 2:00 because you're not allowed due to watering of the grass at the vacant sites. We got here at 11:00am and had to wait until 2:00! In the meantime, across the river in Clarkson, WA is a super WalMart and Costco which gladly took some of our money! We didn't have reservations for two nights prior to Labor Day weekend but all sites are booked for the weekend. I would expect all weekends are the same for this popular park. Our Verizon air card and phone worked great! We camped at Hells Gate State Park in a Motorhome.

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Review Count: 2
States Visited: 1
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: August, 2012 - $22.00
Overall Rating:      

Very rude and unprofessional staff. We have never been watched over like this ever! Several times during our stay the Nez Perce Sheriffs were in the park dealing with issues the Park Ranger can't seem to handle, and they call this a family friendly park. I would recommend finding a different campground if you want to enjoy camping. We will never stay here again. We camped at Hells Gate State Park in a Travel Trailer.

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