Owyhee River Rafting

The Owyhee Canyonlands offer superb river running from April through June each year. This is the longest back country river system in the Northwest.

It is an exciting time to discover the Jarbidge, Bruneau, and Owyhee Canyonlands. Already the most remote area in the lower 48 states, the  Owyhee Initiative has resulted in legislation which has designated  517,000 acres of the Jarbidge/Bruneau/Owyhee as Wilderness and has added 316 miles of river to the nation's Wild and Scenic river system.

 

We will float through the headwaters of the Owyhee River basin, dropping deeper and deeper into the main canyon as rhyolite cliffs tower over the river. We drift through tranquil stretches, alternating with class IV-V rapids. The Owyhee River offers fantastic hiking opportunities throughout it's river corridor and side canyons.

Jarbidge River Rafting

On our Bruneau River trips, you can choose a 2-3 day extension prior to the Bruneau launch on the Jarbidge River. This is a small, steep river upstream from the Bruneau with amazing scenery and two probable portages, including a new rapid, "Barker Falls," which was created by a landslide on June 3rd, 2009.

Bruneau River Rafting

The Bruneau River winds through a spectacular desert canyon with sheer basalt and rhyolite cliffs rising hundreds of feet above the boats. The canyon is incredibly narrow and colorful. Ancient juniper trees lean over the rafts as we venture by. The Bruneau consistently offers demanding boating with many rocky rapids and drops. This leads us to the famous "Five Mile Rapids" where the river descends through a spectacular series of class IV whitewater rapids with very little time between the drops! During our adventure, we will enjoy hikes into side canyons with intriguing caves and arches.

Bruneau - Owyhee Canyonlands

Consider adding 2-3 days of a vehicle-supported Canyoneering/Hiking Expedition to your river trip. We drive by vehicle to day hikes, canyon overlooks, hot springs, and the most spectacular side canyons in the region. You'll hike during the day and in the evening you'll relax in a luxurious camp set up by your guides. These adventures allow you to see  the primary river gorge, plus you will get to see many remote canyons that cannot be reached from the river.