On this idyllic family trip, you can expect your first class guide to play freeze tag with the kids on the beach, prepare gourmet meals, and guide you safely through the whitewater. Our program for kids will keep them entertained and amazed. They might even learn about geology or the Nez Perce Indian tribe.
Hells Canyon Sportsman Trip
- Season: Mid- September through October Call or email for available dates
- Length: 4-days, 34 miles
- Difficulty: Intermediate, Class III/IV
- Meets: Cambridge, ID
- Ends: Transportation back to Cambridge included
- Cost: $1580 / guest
Chukar – Cast and Blast: Starting September 21st, you can fish for steelhead, or bird hunt for Chukar partridges all day long. We take 4 days to cover 34 miles, and the trip is limited to 6 participant. Expert guides show you where the fish are and guide you into the birds. The supply boatman moves our deluxe fall camp daily. This keeps you on the water, and pursuing the fish and/or birds all day.
We do not include dogs, however you are welcome to bring your favorite friend. We will have bowls, water, and a doggie life jacket. Crates can be accommodated on the gear boat.
Included in the trip: 2 or 3 guests per boat with guide, all fishing equipment (including sturgeon and steelhead gear), deluxe fall camp set up by gear boatman, prep and storage of game, cool weather sleeping gear including sleeping bag, pads with cot, water tight bags for guns, waterproof boxes for shells, all meals, snacks, a modest supply of beer and wine, soft drinks, and cook tent if needed.
The Day Before
Travel to Cambridge, ID. A representative from HCR will meet you at 7PM Mountain Time, at the Frontier Motel, for a brief orientation. Watertight bags and containers will be distributed. We will have separate bags for guns, and ammo. You will have a chance to answer last minute questions. Dinner is on you own.
Stroll down the street to a HCR hosted breakfast at Bucky’s Café. Arrive at breakfast at 6:30AM. After breakfast we depart from the hotel by 7:30AM to the launch site in Hells Canyon. The guides have the boats ready to go. After a short safety orientation we finish strapping down our gear and launch for the trip of a lifetime. The day is spent fishing, chasing chukars, and more fishing.
Each day we stop for a riverside lunch break around noon. If the group wants to split up for the day bag lunches are also an option. We arrive in camp around 5:00 – 6:00PM. You walk up into camp to find your tents set and your gear bags packed up. Dinner is started, and you can settle in for the night.
You arise to the aroma of fresh coffee and sizzling bacon. Breakfast is served around 7:00. While the guides clean up the kitchen and other gear there is time to pack your personal gear, go for a morning hunt from camp. We will come around and take down your tents, as they are cleaned out. We usually get on the river about the same time the sun peaks over the canyon rim. Hells Canyon is the deepest gorge in North America, so it is about 9:30 before we see sun on the water. Today there is ample opportunity to walk the river trails, and fishing from the boats for steelhead, and bass: in-between listening for chukars. After lunch and maybe some sturgeon fishing we cruise through some smaller rapids and calm water. Tonight for dinner we serve tenderloins.
Breakfast and lunch are on the same schedule. The canyon opens up a little. Chukars like the open grassy areas, with steep rocks behind. The last night is spent telling stories around the campfire. After a great dinner (including chukar), we wander off to bed.
The 4th Day
There is still plenty of opportunity to fish, and hunt. We usually get to the take out at Pittsburg Landing by 3PM. If you had your vehicle shuttled it is waiting for you.
Boise, ID is the closest major airport to Cambridge, ID. We meet for the trip in Cambridge at 7PM Mountain Time. It is easiest to rent a car in Boise and travel 2 hours to Cambridge.
Driving Directions from Boise to Cambridge:
Take I-84 West, Fruitland/HWY 95, Exit 3 to Cambridge (about 50 minutes after you leave I-84.)
Driving Directions from Baker City, OR to Cambridge:
Take I-84 East for 49 miles to Hwy. 201, Exit 356. Turn left onto Weiser Spur/US-95 Spur N. Continue to follow US-95 Spur N (Crossing into Idaho). Follow signs to US 95 North. Takes you through the town of Weiser, ID. Take Hwy 95 North 45 minutes to Cambridge.
While you are on the trip your car can safely stay at the hotel in Cambridge. We include transportation from Cambridge to the river, and back to Cambridge at the end of the trip.
Luggage can be stored in your vehicle. If you have valuables that you do not want to leave in your vehicle we are happy to store them at the HCR office.
There is also an option to have your car shuttled from Cambridge to Pittsburg Landing for an additional charge.
Trips can start any day
Chukar Season Opens for the 2015 Season on September 19
$1580/guest, $500 deposit
$1380/youth rate, 18 and under
Trips can be tentatively reserved for 7 days. Reservations are confirmed upon a receipt of a deposit. We accept deposits by check, money order, Visa, and/or MasterCard. When we receive your completed reservation form and deposit we will send your confirmation receipt, a detailed packing list, and travel information. Reservation forms may be filled out online on our website or simply call us.
The balance is due 45 days prior to the launch date of your trip. If final payment is not received when due, we reserve the right to regard the reservation canceled.
If you find it necessary to cancel your trip, please notify us as soon as possible. You will be given a refund less the deposit if you cancel 45 days prior to departure. If cancellations are made on or after the final payment due date, no money will be refunded unless we fill the trip. In that case we will refund your payment less the deposit amount. You are welcome to find a replacement for yourself.
We recommend you consider purchasing trip insurance.
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