Hells Canyon Recreation Area marks 25 years

July 11, 2001 11:00 pm
The Hells Canyon National Scenic Byway takes its travelers through Richland in Eagle Valley, upper right, over the hill to Halfway in Pine Valley. (Baker City Herald photograph by S. John Collins).
The Hells Canyon National Scenic Byway takes its travelers through Richland in Eagle Valley, upper right, over the hill to Halfway in Pine Valley. (Baker City Herald photograph by S. John Collins).

ENTERPRISE The Wallowa-Whitman National Forest will celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Hells Canyon National Recreation Area on Saturday.

The event will take place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Wallowa Mountains Visitor Center along Ore. Highway 82 at the west end of Enterprise.

The public is invited.

Congress officially created the Hells Canyon National Recreation Area on Dec. 31, 1975, and the 652,000-acre area was dedicated at Hat Point on July 31, 1976.

The recreation area includes portions of Baker and Wallowa counties in Oregon, as well as Nez Perce and Adams counties in Idaho.

The recreation area was named, of course, for Hells Canyon of the Snake River, the deepest river-carved gorge in North America.

Events scheduled for Saturday include speeches by Karyn Wood, supervisor of the Wallowa-Whitman National Forest, Forest Service ecologist Charles Johnson, and Jack McClaran, a rancher from Imnaha.

Enterprise Mayor Susan Roberts will be master of ceremonies.

There will be several booths and displays at the Visitor Center, including one from the Oregon Trail Interpretive Center near Baker City.