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Date of Stay: September, 2014 - $38.00
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.Undo
Date of Stay: May, 2014 - $35.00
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.Undo
Date of Stay: August, 2013 - $22.00
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.Undo
Date of Stay: July, 2013 - $15.00
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.Undo
Date of Stay: June, 2013 - $40.00
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.Undo
Date of Stay: May, 2013 - $28.00
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.Undo
Date of Stay: October, 2012 - $23.00
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.Undo
Date of Stay: October, 2012 - $27.00
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.Undo
Date of Stay: September, 2012 - $24.00
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.Undo
Date of Stay: August, 2012 - $25.00
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.Undo
Date of Stay: August, 2012 - $26.00
We were in town for a baseball tournament and were fortunate enough to get a spot in this park. We had a great back in spot with lots of shade, a large grassy area and a picnic table. The spots are all very roomy but I think the back-ins have more room than the pull through sites. There is a really nice walking trail along the river and a sandy beach for swimming. We were there on a weekend and there were lots of families and children but it was very quiet at night. The lady at the booth where we entered the park and the people at the visitors center where we registered were very friendly and helpful. We received a few television channels with our antenna. We had no internet service as there was no Verizon signal. The rate we paid reflected the on-line reservation fee. We can hardly wait to come back again. We camped at Hells Gate State Park in a Fifth Wheel.Undo
Date of Stay: July, 2012 - $25.00
What a mess. I talked to the manager. What a jerk. The campground was dirty and the Rangers were walking around like they were lost. The only saving grace was the office staff. I will never stay there again ever. Restrooms dirty. We camped at Hells Gate State Park in a Motorhome.Undo
Date of Stay: August, 2012 - $22.00
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.Undo
Date of Stay: July, 2012 - $22.00
Beautiful Idaho State Park with large lots and huge trees on the Snake River with a swimming beach. Next time would stay in a back in site for more shade and privacy. Only 4 miles from Lewiston and Clarkston, with full shopping opportunities including Costco and Wal-Mart Superstore. Would stay here again and again. We camped at Hells Gate State Park in a Motorhome.Undo
Date of Stay: May, 2012 - $25.00
Sites not very clean. Spider webs and bugs in all restrooms. Not very well maintained. The host was rude. Staff, over all, were rude and not very caring. Park Ranger seem more like just another rude ranger. This park does not merit a visit unless you want to be watched. Over all not very helpful. Manager does not seem to care if you stay or leave. Too much money for what you get, I would never stay in this park again! Move on to another park. We camped at Hells Gate State Park in a Travel Trailer.Undo
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