Owyhee River Rafting

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Boise, Idaho

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Boise, Idaho

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Our 6-day Owyhee River rafting trip is a guide favorite and an avid paddler's dream trip through Southeastern Oregon's Grand Canyon, combining sheer, plunging cliffs of dark amber, gold, ruby red and pearl with fun Class III rapids and excellent wildlife viewing,

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The Owyhee River is a rarely visited but mesmerizing river in its bizarre beauty, an un-plucked jewel in itself. Gleaming basalt bluffs cascade down to desolate, soft beaches speckled with the lure of undiscovered gemstones. Due to a short window of raftable flows on the Owyhee, this Owyhee Canyonlands adventure is typically only available as an early-season rafting escape in April and May when water levels are at their peak. Our journey down the Wild and Scenic Owyhee includes raft, dory and inflatable kayaking options. And there's wildlife everywhere. Eagles, pronghorn antelope, bighorn sheep and mountain lions are native to the region.

  • Owyhee River rafting & comfortable catered camping in Southeastern Oregon
  • Raft, dory and inflatable kayak options available
  • See eagles, antelope, bighorn sheep & even wild horses
  • Colorful basalt canyon walls & gemstone-covered beaches
  • A great early spring trip in the pristine Owyhee Canyonlands

Our Owyhee River rafting adventure begins with a shuttle ride from Boise, Idaho to southeast Oregon where camp is set up along the river|The river portion of our adventure kicks off with some mild to intense whitewater, including Artillery Rapid. Enter the moonscape terrain of the Badlands, with its intriguing clay and sandstone spire formations. Whistling Bird rapid is the whitewater highlight of the day. With a difficult hairpin turn against a dramatic cliff face, it's a certain scout and great photo opportunity as the rafts enter a narrow section of river bound by precipitous cliffs. Lambert Rocks and Jackson Creek entice travelers to extended walks up into colorful side canyons and along scenic ridge lines. Small hot springs near the river add another interesting geological dimension. Watch for a variety of local wildlife in the Owyhee Canyon including feathered and furred - from eagles and egrets, mink and bobcats, pronghorn antelope, bighorn sheep, and even wild horses. On our final day on the Owyhee River, we encounter the historic remnants of the long abandoned Hole in the Ground Ranch. Our Owyhee Rafting adventure concludes at the Owyhee Reservoir with return transportation back to Boise.

April - May


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