Snake River @ Hells Canyon, Idaho/Oregon border

Today we started out at 10am and headed south, again, on Hwy 95.  There is some really pretty real estate along the Salmon River.  From White Bird to Riggins, along the river, is supposedly pretty temperate and doesn’t get much snow.  Hhhmmm – took some notes along the way

Salmon River at Lucile, ID
Salmon River at Lucile, ID

As we kept going south we departed the Salmon River, at Riggins, and followed the Little Salmon River.  We passed a turn-off to a fish hatchery so maybe the Little Salmon has more trout than salmon?  It’s pretty fast moving water.  This little waterfall caught our eye.

Waterfall on the Little Salmon River
Waterfall on the Little Salmon River

We climbed back up to around 3,000’ near New Meadows, Idaho.  A little south of New Meadows we took 71 west to find Woodhead Park.  We climbed up to about 4100’, then back down to 2160’ at the Brownlee Reservoir.   Not a bad drive, even pulling our 32’ 5th wheel.  Woodhead Park is an Idaho Power campground.  Brownlee Dam is on the Snake River and the other side of the river/reservoir is Oregon.

Brownlee Dam on Snake River
Brownlee Dam on Snake River

We bought a new toy before we left our last workamping site.  It’s a Garmin Nuvi 465T.  It’s made for commercial semi-trucks.  We can set our length and height.  It will tell us about road restrictions and take the truck routes.  We can also look for truck stops and rest areas, towing companies and repair shops for trucks.  We thought that sounded like useful info for RV travel.  It has a traffic receiver (that’s what the ‘T’ stands for) and a lifetime traffic subscription too.  So it tells us about road construction and traffic detours.  We can set it to auto mode if we don’t want to take the truck routes.  So far it’s working well for us when towing the 5th wheel.  We took it out of truck mode to come to Woodhead because 71 is restricted from truck use.  It’s a length restriction of 65’.  We aren’t that long; since we aren’t towing the utility trailer :-).  And Don had found the info on Woodhead Park on the internet that said they have RV sites.  So we knew we’d be okay.

Brownlee Reservoir from Woodhead Park
Brownlee Reservoir from Woodhead Park

We travelled about 140 miles today; arriving about 3pm.  We paid $3.45 for diesel but we could have gotten it for $3.25 had we waited another mile or so.  Woodhead Park cost $16/night with elec and water hookups; dump station and hot showers are free.  There are quite a few campers here, mostly hunters, but it’s not near full.   We were able to get a water front site with no neighbors.  There are at least 4 loops with 30-40 sites each.  Water front here doesn’t exactly mean you can easily fish from shore.  It’s a pretty steep, 100’, down to the water; although it is possible.  There are a couple boat ramps in the campground and they are still being used.  Sturgeon can be found in this lake.

Site C15 in Woodhead Park on Brownlee Reservoir
Site C15 in Woodhead Park on Brownlee Reservoir

No Verizon cell signal out here, so no internet either.  There was a wifi that you could pay $5/hour or $10/day but we decided we weren’t that desperate.  Some trailers had their TV antennas up but there were higher on the hill than we were.  We couldn’t get any signal.  I think I’d like to see more of the canyon when we aren’t towing the 5th wheel.

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