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 about our Wildlife Habitat areas in Hells Canyon and other places.