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SnakeGrande Ronde Rivers

Preserving a haven for fish, wildlife and people at the entrance of Hells Canyon

The Grande Ronde River shown on the right flowing into the Snake River at the entrance to Hell's Canyon. WRC and the Trust for Public Land worked to conserve the 1,200-acre Lime Point property, a popular recreation site at the confluence of these two outstanding rivers. The project lies upstream from the settlement on the confluence on river right.
The Grande Ronde River shown on the right flowing into the Snake River at the entrance to Hell's Canyon. WRC and the Trust for Public Land worked to conserve the 1,200-acre Lime Point property, a popular recreation site at the confluence of these two outstanding rivers. The project lies upstream from the settlement on the confluence on river right.
Photography | Washington Department of Ecology
The Lime Point property is home to habitat for critical winter ranges of bald eagle, bighorn sheep, elk and deer. These lands are now managed as a BLM Area of Critical Environmental Concern.
The Lime Point property is home to habitat for critical winter ranges of bald eagle, bighorn sheep, elk and deer. These lands are now managed as a BLM Area of Critical Environmental Concern.
Photography | David Drake

In 1992, Western Rivers Conservancy partnered with The Trust for Public Land in protecting Lime Point, an extraordinary site at the confluence of the Grande Ronde and Snake Rivers. Lime Point is at the entrance of Hells Canyon and is heavily used by boaters, anglers and outdoor enthusiasts.

In the past, the area was a major wintering site for the Nez Perce people, and numerous burial areas, campsites, pictographs, petroglyphs and fish walls are still present. In addition, Lime Point is an important site for wildlife with bald eagles, bighorn sheep, elk and deer using the area as critical winter range. Wild chinook salmon, steelhead trout, and resident rainbow trout inhabit the river and spawn along the stream banks.

Western Rivers Conservancy purchased two properties from Tippet Land & Mortgage Company and Ideal Cement Company, and conveyed a total of 1,220 acres to the Bureau of Land Management. The land is now managed as an Area of Critical Environmental Concern.

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