In addition to hiking, camping and hunting one can also find excellent berry picking in season in this ripe area. There are over 15 public parks located in and around Lewiston as well, providing a welcome getaway to the outdoors without having to pack up the entire homestead. For those wanting a real wilderness retreat there is no short supply of rugged outings available nearby.
The lowest high point to visit can be found just south of Lewiston in Hells Canyon. Hells Canyon is North America’s deepest river gorge, encompassing a vast and remote region with dramatic changes in elevation, climate and terrain. Established by the U.S. Congress in 1975 to preserve the free flowing character of the Snake River and to protect archaeological, recreational and ecological treasures. It covers 652,488 acres, including some of the most rugged and spectacular wilderness area on earth. Carved by the great Snake River, Hells Canyon plunges more than a mile below Oregon’s west rim, and 8,000 feet below snowcapped “He Devil Peak” of Idaho’s Seven Devils Mountains. There are no roads across Hells Canyon’s 10-mile wide expanse, and only three roads that lead to the Snake River between Hells Canyon Dam and the Oregon-Washington boundary. One of the most popular ways to see the canyon is to take a trip along the river in a jet-boat which can be chartered from a local outfitter.
Golf enthusiasts will be right at home in the Lewis-Clark Valley, (often referred to as the "Banana Belt" due to the area's low elevation) as while most other pars of the Northwest are covered in snow, golf courses in the valley are open for business. It’s not uncommon to be able to play golf every month of the year on one of the four 18-hole courses here!
Anglers as well have no room for disappointment with a number of rivers and streams in the area prime for steelhead, bass, white sturgeon, trout, and many other species of game fish. Some of the best fishing spots for trolling, spinning, bait casting, and fly-fishing are right in town. Five public boat ramps and two marinas are also located within a few miles. In the spring and summer months the big fast action catch is bass and trout while in the fall its steelhead. The biggest steelhead fishing derby in the region is held the week of Thanksgiving. Organized by the Lewiston Chamber of Commerce, the Great Snake Lake Steelhead Roundup offers more than $10,000 in cash and prizes. Just south of Lewiston, Hells Canyon has a healthy number of North America's largest fresh water fish, the great white sturgeon, which can reach lengths of over seven feet! You can't take one home, but catching one of these canoe-sized beauties would be the highlight of any day on the water!
Carolyn Jones, SRES
Professional Realty Services of Idaho