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Snake RiverHell's Canyon

Creating a recreation site in the spectacular Hell's Canyon
Looking down the Snake River from the former Cache Creek Ranch, which WRC protected in partnership with the U.S. Forest Service in 1991.
Looking down the Snake River from the former Cache Creek Ranch, which WRC protected in partnership with the U.S. Forest Service in 1991.
Cache creek with a picnic area
Cache Creek Ranch along Oregon's Snake River is now owned by the U.S. Forest Service as part of the Hell's Canyon National Recreation Area.
Photography | Mat Millenbach
The conservation property is now part of the Hell's Canyon National Recreation Area, and serves as a checkpoint for those venturing into Hell's Canyon. WRC's work on the Snake improves access for boaters, hikers and other river enthusiasts.
The conservation property is now part of the Hell's Canyon National Recreation Area, and serves as a checkpoint for those venturing into Hell's Canyon. WRC's work on the Snake improves access for boaters, hikers and other river enthusiasts.
Photography | Jon-Paul Harrison

Hell's Canyon, on the border between Idaho and Oregon, is one of the most spectacular river reaches in the world, and the second deepest gorge in North America. The Snake River is the lifeblood of Hell's Canyon, tumbling out of the Great Basin on its way to reach the Columbia. The area's fish, wildlife and botanical values are as great as its scenic, recreation and cultural attributes.

Western Rivers Conservancy's first land acquisition occurred along the Snake, centered on a property known as Cache Creek Ranch. The 6,556-acre ranch is important habitat for elk, deer, eagle, bear and bighorn sheep, among others. Western Rivers Conservancy bought the land from the ranchers and transferred the property to the U.S. Forest Service in 1991. The ranch is now part of the Hell's Canyon National Recreation Area, and serves as a checkpoint for those venturing into Hell's Canyon.

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