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Idaho Rafting
Hells Canyon
Paddle Raft in Hell's Canyon

Types of River Rafts on the Snake River in Hell's Canyon

The types of rafts and boats you'll be using on your Hell's Canyon expedition on the Snake River are explained in detail below. The ride and adventure level between the Oar-Rig, the Paddle Raft, and the Inflatable Kayak. Each one offers a very unique experience.

The rapids of the Snake River through Hell's Canyon are class II-IV and therefore a little more powerful and exciting than in some other multi-day expeditions. The rapids here are also spaced nicely apart from each other to add excitement throughout each day, and throughout the trip.

The Oar Rig

Oar-Rigs are 16', self-bailing rafts piloted by your guide, and therefore less "participatory" than other boats. All you have to do is hang on!

Oar rigs are used on the Snake River in Hell's Canyon

The Paddle Raft

Paddle Rafts get you in the action of the rapids as a participant. A skilled guide steers from the back of the raft, but propulsion depends on you. Your guide will give clear orders on how to paddle, so it's easy to learn quickly. Paddle rafts are 14' in length and will hold 4 to 6 guests.

Paddle rafts are used on the Snake River in Hell's Canyon

The Inflatable Kayak

Inflatable Kayak are exciting, every time! Follow the other boats through each rapid. Steering and propulsion all depend on you with an inflatable kayak! These rafts are 11 - 13' long and carry one or two people.

inflatable kayaks are used on the Snake River in Hell's Canyon
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