Hells Canyon National Recreation Area District Ranger, Kris Stein states, “I know this will be an adjustment for people but the new reservation system will provide a more efficient and equitable opportunity for private powerboaters to obtain permits for the Snake River. We are providing tools and will be available to help folks through this transition”. Information about the transition and how to use Recreation.gov can be found on the www.Recreation.gov website and on the Wallowa-Whitman website at: www.fs.usda.gov/goto/WWNFPrivatePowerboatReservations
The details of the private powerboat permits, such as number of permits, season of use, etc. will not be changing, only the tool in which to obtain a permit. The online reservation system will be available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, which will allow users to check for cancellations at any time that is convenient for them. The public will also have access to a well-informed call center and HCNRA personnel if they need assistance with the website or do not have access to a computer. The powerboat reservations only apply during the primary season, which is the Friday of Memorial Day weekend throughSeptember 10.
Please continue to visit the Forest Service office in Clarkston, WA. The staff will continue to assist with travel plans into the beautiful and unique Hells Canyon National Recreation Area. If you have any questions about the new permit please call Public Affairs Officers Jodi Kramer at 541-523-1246 or Matthew Burks at 541-523-1364.