Hells Canyon Complex
The name Hells Canyon may date back to 1895, when a cargo ship pilot named Haller made a trip down the Snake River rapids. The name may have come from an expletive Mr. Haller used as he tried to pilot the boat. Or, it may be a mangling of the phrase, "Haller's Canyon." Whatever the case, the name Hells Canyon stuck.
Today, the Hells Canyon area is one of most well-known recreational areas in the West. Visitors are greeted by its breath-taking views. Our pledge to preserve the Hells Canyon area while offering reliable energy is the same now as it was then.
We own and maintain four parks in the Hells Canyon Complex:
For information on park capacity call 541-785-7209.
Learn more about our habitat areas.
The following websites offer helpful information about the Hells Canyon area:
- Hells Canyon National Recreation Area
- Bureau of Land Management Vale District
- Baker County Parks
- Hells Canyon Scenic Byway
Visit the Idaho Power Parks section to learn about our other parks and recreational areas.