Owyhee River RaftingThis Owyhee rafting adventure is an experience like non-other. Floating down the Owyhee River you will hardly believe you are in the state of Oregon. This 4 or 5 day trip will leave you with stunning photos, heart-warming memories and a burning desire to go back again the next year, because you just can’t see it all in one trip!

The name of the river is from the older spelling of “Hawaii”. It was named for three Hawaiian trappers who were sent to explore the uncharted river. They failed to return to the rendezvous near the Boise River and were never seen again. Due to this, the river and its region was named “Owyhee”.

The Owyhee River arises from the mountains of northern Nevada and southern Idaho. Because the snow pack in the headwaters is normally not deep, the springtime runoff is rather short-lived despite the impoundment at Antelope and Wild Horse reservoirs far upstream. The Owyhee River has cut a canyon as deep as 3,000 feet down through volcanic rock. In many places the cliffs rise 1,000 feet straight up from the river, this is why many call this Oregon’s Grand Canyon. The countryside is arid with little vegetation and no inhabitants. The steepness of the cliffs and narrowness of the canyon provide a fascinating experience.

This particular stretch of the river has an interesting & diverse landscape. The canyon in general is broad and shallow, although there are several stretches with narrow, steep-walled inner canyons. The predominant basalts found in the upper canyon are inter-bedded with rhyolitic ash and sediments, which add various shades of white, red, green, and black to the canyon walls. Lambert Rocks are colorful badlands eroded from these sediments. The trip has great hikes into basalt rock formations and if you keep a sharp eye out a Petroglyph may be discovered.

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Tuesday 02/28 20%
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A mix of clouds and sun early, then becoming cloudy later in the day. A few flurries or snow showers possible. High 38F. Winds WSW at 15 to 25 mph.
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Wednesday 03/01 10%
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Mostly sunny. High 44F. Winds SSW at 10 to 15 mph.
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Thursday 03/02 10%
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Generally sunny despite a few afternoon clouds. High 47F. Winds S at 10 to 15 mph.
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Friday 03/03 10%
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Overcast. High near 50F. Winds SSW at 10 to 20 mph.
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Saturday 03/04 10%
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Partly cloudy skies with gusty winds. High 48F. Winds SSW at 20 to 30 mph. Winds could occasionally gust over 40 mph.
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Sunday 03/05 60%
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Windy with snow showers before noon. Partly cloudy later. High 41F. Winds SW at 20 to 30 mph. Chance of snow 60%. Snow accumulations less than one inch. Winds could occasionally gust over 40 mph.