Owyhee River Rafting

Owyhee river pic

The headwaters of the Owyhee River are in Nevada. After flowing through Idaho, it crosses the Owyhee uplands of southeastern Oregon, eventually flowing into the Snake River. Owyhee River rafting trips take you deep into the canyon with landscape that reveals a geologic history beginning nearly 14 million years ago.

The river exposes strata of Miocene, Pliocene, and Pleistocene eras. Owyhee River rafting offers breathtaking towering cliffs above the river along with picturesque multi-colored geological formations of basalt flows interspersed with sedimentary rock and fossil deposits. This has often been referred to as the Grand Canyon of Oregon.

The Owyhee River Canyon offers a wide variety of recreational pursuits: scenic, geologic, biologic, and historic.

The area attracts hunters, fishermen, boaters, tourists, and scientists. Wildlife in the gorge includes mule deer, big-horn sheep, chukar, quail, golden eagles and a variety of hawks.

Equipment

Our rafts are new, state-of-the-art and equipped with all the essential river accessories that are necessary for a safe and successful trip, including life-jackets, paddles, oars, dry bags, frames, ropes, etc. In addition, we provide all the necessary permits and insurance before each trip.

Gourmet Deli Lunches & Other Delicious Meals

LunchRafting the river takes a lot of energy! That’s why our guides prepare all your meals (included in the price) and take care of all the clean-up afterward.

We provide our famous gourmet deli lunches each day, as well as all the other meals. When you’re having the time of your life, a great lunch provides the perfect mid-adventure break with your companions and fellow rafters.

Owyhee River Rafting Trips

HDRO offers the following guided rafting trips on the Owyhee River:

Owyhee River Trip 4-Day~49 Miles

Six and one-half miles from the Rome put in; Crooked Creek comes in on the left, marking the start of the canyon. The canyon opens for several miles; about 6 miles below Crooked Creek is Upset Rapids, class III, followed by Bullseye, class II-III. Artillery Rapids (mile 21.5) is a straightforward class III. About 1 mile below this rapid, Rustlers Cabin makes a nice break stop along the right. The cabin has been badly damaged over the last ten years, and only some of the walls remain. Old farm equipment and rock corrals here are impressive historic sights. Look for a hot spring near the river within the marshy area if you crave a warm soak.

Lambert Rocks rise majestically along the left 2 miles beyond Rustlers Cabin. After beautiful Lamert Rocks, Bogus Creek Falls is seen on the right at mile 27.5. Another 1.5 miles farther is class III Dogleg; after 2 more miles comes Whistling Bird Rapids, class IV-. Continuing along, the next rapid you encounter is Montgomery rapid, the canyon narrows dramatically as it makes an S-turn and then widens again. Next look for beautiful, spring-fed Rinehart Creek which cascades down the left bank. Just downstream of Rinehart Creek is Morcum Dam rapid, formed by the remains of an old diversion dam for Hole-in-the-Ground Ranch.

A mile below the ranch, on the left, look for some historic Indian petroglyphs on rock slabs near the river. Respect the area and take only photos. A hot spring is located at a grassy spot on the left just 2 miles below the petroglyphs. We will take out at Birch Creek Historic Ranch on the 4 day trip and continue on to Leslie Gulch on the 5- day trip for a powerboat pull to the take out.

This trip is always a custom package for your group lasting from 4-5 days. The menu, launch points/take out points may be altered upon request. Call well in advance for your reservations – prices will vary depending on trip options.

This is a spectacular early Spring river adventure that all river enthusiasts should experience!

The headwaters of the Owyhee River are in Nevada. After flowing through Idaho, it crosses the Owyhee uplands of southeastern Oregon, eventually flowing into the Snake River. The river has cut deep canyons into the landscape which reveal a geologic history beginning nearly 14 million years ago.

The river exposes strata of miocene, pliocene, and pliestocene eras. The Owyhee offers breathtaking towering cliffs, above the river, picturesque multilti-colored geological formations of basalt flows interspersed with sedimentary rock and fossil deposits.

The Owyhee Canyon offers a wide variety of recreational pursuits: scenic, geologic, biologic, and historic.

The area attracts hunters, fishermen, boaters, tourists, and scientists. Wildlife in the gorge includes mule deer, big-horn sheep, chukar, quail, golden eagles and a variety of hawks.

Adult: $795.00 Junior: $650.00 (14 and younger)


Owyhee River Trip 5-Day ~ 65 Miles

Owyhee picThe Owyhee River arises from the mountains of northern Nevada and southern Idaho, because the snowpack 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 in a smaller version of the 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 interbedded 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.

Owyhee River Map Click map to view larger version

Adult: $995.00 Junior: $850.00 (14 and Younger)


Forms

Overnight & Multi-Day Trips