|US Mail Tour
Every week of the year a tradition is relived
when the U.S. Mail is delivered by boat to the handful of year round
residents that reside in Hells Canyon. The first river route mail
contract, according to U.S. Postal records, was awarded to Press
Brewrink in 1919. Over the years the mail contract was bought and
sold by half a dozen hearty individuals whose priority was to
deliver, come rain, or sleet, snow, or high water. One of the most
colorful individuals to handle this contract was Kyle McGrady.
Through the 1940’s he delivered mail and supplies to roughly 350
people on the 99 mile route. A round trip tourist fare from Lewiston
in 1942 was $5.00 and passengers were expected to bring their own
bedroll and food. Kyle knew that radio transmission was essentially
impossible in rugged Hells Canyon. He would carry half dozen homing
pigeons to do the job of communicating for him. Florence McGrady
Kyle’s wife received messages in Lewiston from these Pigeons. One
she chose to keep near and dear to her heart simply read “Happy
Birthday”. While Kyle was busy delivering and collecting mail and
selling postal supplies, Florence would shop for groceries and other
essentials and even mend blue denims for the lonely ranchers and
hermits of Hells Canyon. This is just one of the stories uniquely
narrated by your tour captain. There is much to see and learn on
|Steelhead Mail Tour
200 mile round trip tour departs every Wednesday year-round for a two-day one-night adventure.
Departure times and locations vary by season.
From November through February combine the Mail Run with a chance to try your hand at some of the hottest steelhead fishing spots around.
8:00AM Departure from Heller Bar Lodge.
► Seasonal $559.00
Gear and tackle are included.