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Running Rivers in the Owyhee Canyonlands

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Running Rivers in the Owyhee Canyonlands

  1. 1. Running Rivers in the Owyhee Canyonlands By Steve Stuebner
  2. 2. Wild & Scenic Rivers and Wilderness in the Owyhee Canyonlands – 2009
  3. 3. The Allure of the Owyhee Canyonlands • Beautiful, unique incised canyons • Wildlife • 5 million+ acres of public lands to explore • Geology – lava flows • Solitude • Challenge • Personal Discovery …
  4. 4. What kind of wildlife?
  5. 5. Lots of canyons!
  6. 6. Interesting rock features
  7. 7. Natural Arches Arch Canyon
  8. 8. The Big Wide Open
  9. 9. Super-remote places
  10. 10. Remember - Be Prepared • Over 5 million acres of remote canyonlands • No services anywhere • Stay away when it’s rainy and wet – you’ll sink to your axles • Carry an extra spare tire; make sure you’ve got a solid jack. • Pack it in/pack it out • Bring extra maps/GPS for route-finding • No cell service
  11. 11. Rattlesnakes
  12. 12. Owyhee River - Lower Owyhee - 3 Forks to Rome - East Fork - South Fork - Deep Creek
  13. 13. Bruneau River
  14. 14. “Canyonlands Calling” – Courtesy Idaho Public TV
  15. 15. Steve’s 1st Bruneau trip – May 1987
  16. 16. Had the place to ourselves … 2 rafts, 4 people – Simplicity Bruneau One-Stop did the shuttle
  17. 17. Trip Logistics • Put-in at Indian Hot Springs – 4.5 hours driving time from Boise (roughly) • 41 miles from Hot Springs to Bruneau takeout. Can be done in 2-4 days … I recommend 4 days • Arrange your own shuttle or hire a shuttle driver from Bruneau One-Stop or another source • Pack it in/Pack it out … • Bring your fire pan and toilet
  18. 18. Very slow rocky road to put-in
  19. 19. Take a good truck! Are we there yet?
  20. 20. FINALLY! – Kid trip 2 rafts, 3 kayaks Water level – 1,200 cfs
  21. 21. Cave Draw • A “must-see” location – 7 miles from the put-in … • “Valley of the Caves and Spiritual Wonders” • One of my favorite spots
  22. 22. East Fork – Nice campsite with side- hiking potential …
  23. 23. Five Mile Rapids – Big pucker factor
  24. 24. On one trip – the river tripled to 3,600 cfs
  25. 25. We made it! Talk about adrenaline! Steve Hubert broke an oar but that’s why we bring a spare!
  26. 26. Jarbidge River • Did that trip with Wendy in a 2-person paddle boat – Shredder would be even better • Very intense whitewater experience … too many rapids to remember … class 3-5 • River best suited for hard-shell kayaks or IK’s • Go with someone who’s been there before • 30 miles of river – Several portages over the Class 5 drops … allow 2-3 days for the trip … • Put-in near Murphy’s Hot Springs at the Nevada Border • Best access via Three Creek Road (paved road)
  27. 27. Very Scenic
  28. 28. Wendy
  29. 29. Owyhee River – Lower Owyhee
  30. 30. Video courtesy ROW Adventures
  31. 31. Best for kids and families
  32. 32. Lower Owyhee logistics • 48 miles from Rome to Birch Creek BLM takeout • Rome put-in is about 2+ hours from Boise • Allow 3-5 days for the trip … extra layover days are a big plus! • Can be extreme headwinds in the spring – can be bone-chilling cold NW wind … blizzard or rain … • Wait for good weather – ideally • Good trip for experienced SUP’ers • Bring clothes for wide range of weather …
  33. 33. Mostly Class 3 rapids
  34. 34. Main Rapids • Bull’s Eye • Whistling Bird • Montgomery
  35. 35. Cool side hikes at Pruitt’s Castle
  36. 36. Sweet side hike below Whistling Bird
  37. 37. Great campsites below Montgomery
  38. 38. Typical river camp scene
  39. 39. Cool caves near Birch Creek takeout
  40. 40. East Fork Owyhee River • Challenging 43-mile, 5-6 day wilderness trip • Best done in IK’s or canoes • Put-in at Garat, near Duck Valley Reservation; takeout at Crutcher’s Crossing • Big portage at Owyhee Falls • Can be portage at Eye of the Needle • Lots of challenging drops • Solitude • Very long 3+ hour drive out of Crutcher’s back to Duck Valley and civilization … lots of dirt road
  41. 41. 3 canoes, 6 people
  42. 42. The East Fork is Wendy’s favorite river
  43. 43. High water run in Cabin Rapids with Wendy in the bow and Phil Lansing in the stern … they d not swim …
  44. 44. Owyhee Falls Cable Rapids
  45. 45. Dumped canoe in Cave Rapids
  46. 46. Owyhee River - Three Forks to Rome • 37 miles, 3-4 day trip • Super remote wilderness trip • Can be difficult access to Three Forks when roads are muddy in spring • Best for rafts, catarafts and kayaks • Major portage over big rocks at Class 5 Widowmaker Rapids … some people run it • Stout Class 4+ rapids at Ledge and Halfmile • Need strong crew
  47. 47. Video of Widowmaker courtesy Kevin Nimmo
  48. 48. Outfitters that run the Owyhee & Bruneau Rivers • Far & Away • ROW Adventures • Wilderness River Outfitters • Jon Barker – Barker River Expeditions • Barker also guides canyonlands exploration hiking and canyoneering trips … • The time to book a trip is NOW! • Or, put together your own trip …
  49. 49. More info. @ • SteveStuebner.com • Stueby’s Outdoor Journal (weekly outdoor tips) featured on The River 94.9 FM every Friday • Best guidebook is the BLM Boaters Guide to the Owyhee & Bruneau River Systems available at Idaho River Sports and the BLM State Office

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