Packing For Your Snake River Rafting Vacation
Clothing On the River
- River sandals or shoes - No Flip Flops
- River Shorts
- Shirts long and short sleeve
- Polar Fleece shirt
Hat - something with a sun visor
- Synthetic Materials dry quickly and are superior to cotton. Choose synthetic first for all river clothing.
Clothing Off the River
- Camp shoes (something good for light hiking) or Hiking shoes for a sturdy fit.
- Shirts (synthetic is best / long sleeve and short sleeve)
- Polar fleece jacket
- Light weight jacket (windbreaker type)
- Light weight pants
- Shorts / Swim wear
- Small flashlight
- Pillow / or pillow case to make pillow out of cloths
- Sun block
- Lip Balm (with sun block)
- Sun glasses/ with strap
- Personal Toiletries
- Fishing license – can be purchased @ Hell’s Canyon Supply
- Play the harmonica or guitar? Bring them along!
- Water Bottle
During the months of July and August, it can get very hot in rafting in Hell's Canyon. Please make sure you protect yourself from the sun according to your personal needs. Many rafters wear light colored long sleeve synthetic shirts and pants to protect their skin. During May, June and September Hell's Canyon can go from hot to cool and hot again. Do not hesitate to pack a little extra to ensure comfort for times both on and off the river.
Need a little clothing advice? Just contact us.
Snake River Fun Fact #6:
White water is a creation of a river dropping in gradient giving it speed, and obstructions in the river causing the water to “bounce”. Obstruction come from both the bottom of the river as well as each bank of the river as it narrows and widens. Hell’s Canyon has a fairly mild drop in gradient of 10 feet per mile for the 79 mile five day rafting vacation, compared to the 45 feet per mile of our White Salmon River eight mile half day trips. The rapids of the Snake River were created by fairly large boulder slides from the side canyons and steep canyon walls. The slides block up the river creating a sharp gradient change in a very short section of river. Combine that with the large flow of water from the Snake River and you get many big waves in a long fun rapid. The majority and the largest rapids of the Snake River though Hell’s canyon is in the first two days of rafting. Days three, four and five have limited rapids, but don’t let that fool you into thinking it is not fun. We bring out inflatable kayaks for guests who desire and they turn even the smaller rapids into big fun. There is a certain relaxation and peacefulness that you get in the easier rafting water that you can’t achieve in the upper canyon.