Idaho is well know for it's rivers, lakes and streams and one of the most well known Idaho waterways is the Snake River. I have heard many descriptions of the Snake River over my lifetime as it runs across the bottom of the state and right near my hometown of Caldwell Idaho
I have heard the Snake River described as mysterious, awesome, awe inspiring, thrilling, etc. I agree with all of these and much more. It is a powerful natural river that is the lifeblood of Southern Idaho and is one of the reasons Idaho is such a prosperous state.
The Snake River starts its journey in the eastern part of the state in Bonneville County at the Idaho/Wyoming border. The Snake River actually begins its journey in Wyoming. The path the Snake River takes through Idaho is spectacular to say the least. It provides electricity, water for irrigation, fishing, boating and views that will take your breath away.
Sturgeon Fishing is a huge past time in Idaho. If you are not familiar with Sturgeon Fish they are a rare prehistoric fish and are something else to look at. My dad once caught one on the Columbia River in Oregon and we could not get over the size and shape of this incredible bottom feeding fish. I once saw a photo of a Sturgeon fish caught in the 50's on the Snake River in Idaho and it took 7 men to hold the fish up which was in excess of 10' long! I wish I could have found that old photo to share with you as it was something else.
As the Snake River flows through the Snake River Canyon in Twin Falls, ID. which is the location of Evil Knievel's jump in 1972, 1973 & 1974. The Snake River Canyon is also the location of Shoshone Falls which is nothing short of spectacular. Many photos of Shoshone Falls have made it to national publications. Thousands of tourists stop here annually and it is not unusually to see people stand there for hours in awe of this natural beauty. Shoshone Falls can give off some of the most incredible colors when the sun and the clouds are just right. If you ever visit Idaho, Shoshone Falls is a "Must Stop".
The Snake River Birds of Prey National Conservation Area south of Kuna, Idaho 35 miles south of the capital city of Boise, Idaho. The conservation area is 81 miles long and encompasses 601,053 acres. Congress designated the area a National Conservation Area on August 4, 1993 and it is managed by The Bureau of Land Management. Morley Nelson was famous and known world wide for is work with Birds of Prey. Daily tours of the "Birds of Prey" location in Kuna are offered along with Snake River tours where one will see ancient Petroglyhic writings along the canyon walls of the Snake River Canyon dating back thousands of years that will give one bone chills.
As the Snake River ends it's run through Idaho in Owyhee County, Idaho's largest county and enters Oregon where it is known as Hells Canyon, The Snake River passes through Oregon into Washington where it passes through 4 hydroelectric dams and eventually finds it's way to the Columbia River in Pasco, Washington that eventually enters the Pacific Ocean.
I could write a book about my experiences growing up near the Snake River and all of the jet boat trips and fishing trips along this majestic river. I can only imagine what the first Idaho Indians thought when they first laid their eyes on it.
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