Haunts and Halloween Fun in Hells Canyon

Autumn has landed in the Lewis-Clark Valley! This vivid change of seasons offers  beautiful, scenic walks through flaming foliage – along the Snake River levees and in the Idaho Department of Fish & Game Lewiston Wildlife Habitat Area.  And then … around almost every turn in town, there’s fun and fright for everyone of any age!

A number of haunted sites have sprung up, bringing with them a ghoulishly good time.

  • Nightmare On Grelle Avenue’s admission is $10 per person and a promises a serious turn of terror to those brave enough to enter the walls.
  • The Haunted House at Clarkston High School asks $3 for your first trip and $1 for any further trips through their hallways of horror.
  • The Haunted Hay Ride is $5 per carload and, once seated on the wagon, passengers should bundle up for a spooky ride through the shadowy twists and turns of Hells Gate State Park.
  • Ghost Tours of historic downtown Lewiston are offered by appointment and bring  you up close and personal with spirits from the past.


Trick or Treat Nights are planned for boo’s and ghoul’s of every age.

  • Main Street Trick or Treat in Beautiful Downtown Lewiston is free and open to the public of all ages and promises SAFE treats and activities.
  • Sixth Street Trick or Treat in historic downtown Clarkston is free and open to the public and invites everyone to enjoy contests and SAFE treats.


An a-maize-ing adventure is waiting for the whole family.

  • At the U of I Corn Maze, try your hand at finding your way through pathways in 11 acres of corn, shoot a pumpkin cannon – there’s more, including a hay bale maze for tiny ones. All for $5 per person.


Pumpkin fun for everyone.

  • Pumpkin Palooza celebrates all things pumpkin – music, food, fun, activities and more are waiting in Beautiful Downtown Lewiston where admission is free and open to the public.


Learn about these and other events from our October Calendar.

If you come, don’t forget the camera – we’d love to see what your autumn adventure was like and you can share it with us on the Hells Canyon Visitor Bureau Facebook Page or give a shout on Twitter to @HellsCanyon.


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Memorial Day Memories at the Ballpark in the LC Valley

2011 NAIA World Series Opening CeremoniesDo you know what I remember about Memorial Day? I remember barbecues where the number of hotdogs I ate in a day defied FDA regulations. I remember block parties where everyone was welcome and I remember neighborhood baseball games that started as soon as the sun came up and lasted well into the starry night.

Times have changed a bit but I still love a good old fashioned Memorial Day weekend filled with baseball, and I know where to find one of the best this side of the Rockies.

Come May 25th, you’ll find me at Harris Field smack in the middle of the NAIA World Series baseball tournament and I’m not coming out until there’s a 2012 champion crowned. 10 teams from across the nation play 19 games over 7 days; on real dirt in a ballpark large enough to make the homerun bombs memorable and small enough that every seat lets me smell the cut green grass of the field.

Did I mention the $1 Hotdogs, Soda and Popcorn on Memorial Day?

Let’s do a spot check.

Full supply of hotdogs? Check. Lots of friendly faces? Check. Baseball worth the watch? Check and double check! What do you say? If you don’t have your Memorial Day set, plan a road trip to the LC Valley – and don’t forget your mitt … fly balls make great souvenirs!

We’d love to hear about the Memorial Day memories you make in the LC Valley this year – share your story with us on Facebook and while you’re at the games, give a shout to @HellsCanyon on Twitter and we can exchange game notes – I’ll be the one glued to my seat.

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Free Family Fishing in the LC Valley

If the inevitable infection of Spring Fever among kids of all ages is threatening to break out in your home, we suggest getting to the LC Valley for a little outdoor recreation.  A road trip and fishing might be just what the doctor ordered.

What’s that?  You have no fishing equipment?  You don’t really know what you’re doing?  No worries! Getting the family outside to enjoy spring fishing in the LC Valley just got a lot less stressful and a lot more fun in 2013, thanks to Idaho Fish & Game’s Take Me Fishing Trailer.

The Take Me Fishing Trailer is fully stocked with fishing equipment that can be checked out for free, on a first-come, first-served basis and has friendly, knowledgeable IDFG staff who can get you started in no time.

Everyone, of any age is welcome to use the equipment.  While anglers 13 and under are always able to fish Idaho waters for free, anglers 14 and older will will be granted a permit to fish without a license.  You can get information on Idaho Resident and Non-resident licensing here.

From March through June, the trailer is making eight visits to Lewiston, Idaho, at two ponds this year.  Here’s a Google Map of Lewiston Take Me Fishing locations, so you can find the ponds easily.

  • March 30 at Mann Lake, from 10am-1pm
  • April 6 at Kiwanis Park, from 10am-1pm
  • April 7 at Mann Lake, from 10am-1pm
  • April 14 at Kiwanis Park, from 10am-1pm
  • April 20 at Lewiston Wildlife Habitat Area, from 10am-1pm
  • April 28 at Kiwanis Park, from 10am-1pm
  • May 4 at Mann Lake, from 10am-1pm
  • May 5 at Kiwanis Park, from 10am-1pm
  • May 26 at Mann Lake, from 10am-1pm
  • June 1 at Kiwanis Park, from 10am-1pm
  • June 23 at Kiwanis Park, from 10am-1pm

What happens if your family gets hooked?  Come on back and fish again – maybe take a full-fledged fishing trip with one of the LC Valley’s fantastic guides.

If you come, check the weather and dress appropriately, bring something to drink and don’t forget the camera – we’d love to see your catch and you can share it with us on the Hells Canyon Visitor Bureau Facebook Page.