There are more than 250 miles of navigable river in the Owyhee Canyonlands! Each offers endless hiking opportunities, wildlife, whitewater, pioneer history and a glimpse into geologic time. The time to see the Owyhee is in the spring during the snowmelt runoff when wildflowers are blooming, the red-wing blackbirds are singing and the rapids get exciting. A hike to the rim to spot an antelope in the distance, an eagle chasing its prey or just admiring the “awesome vastness” of this country can be a highlight of the trip. We have extensive experience in many different sections. These include the South Fork, East Fork, Main and Lower Owyhee. There are many different sections and access points to these canyons, which create endless possibilities.
The Lower Owyhee
This canyon has a more open country than the upper sections with some amazing colors in the Chalk Basin area. The Lower Owyhee has class III whitewater, which makes a great family trip or vacation for all experience levels. It has the best hiking options for easy rim access and amazing vistas. Rock formations in the Lower section are unique and full of vibrant colors. Other attractions include nice camping options, exceptional birding, and Native American petroglyphs. We also bring along paddleboats and inflatable kayaks for those who want a little more action! The Lower Owyhee is a great introduction to the Owyhee Canyonlands.
The Lower Owyhee river trip begins in the small country town of Rome, Oregon. The access to the Lower Owyhee is much easier and logistically simple compared to other sections. We take-out of the river at Birch Creek. Call us for details and we’ll make sure you get exactly what you’re looking for.