The middle Owyhee has more water, which makes for bigger waves and holes. The Owyhee River's reputation as a big-time whitewater river is well deserved, but there is a quieter side to these beautiful canyons, and the Lower Owyhee has whitewater that is suitable for families. We often see bighorn sheep as we drift along, or surprise them when we are exploring the tight-walled side canyons. We'll also visit some historic trapping and homestead cabins along the way and marvel at the determination of those who made a living in this rough land. A hike to the canyon rim to spot antelope far off in the sagebrush can be a highlight of the trip. Looking out over the miles of open country really gives you a feel for what one guest called the "awesome vastness" of this country. The warms springs on the Middle Owyhee are always a popular stop for boaters.
Day 1: Drive from Boise to Crutchers Crossing. After rigging and lunch we'll head down the river. Right away we'll hit a couple of good rapids. Make camp and take a short hike.
Days 2 - 5: We float from Idaho into Oregon and run several Class III & IV rapids. There is some beautiful quiet floating until we get below Three Forks. We can take some excellent hikes, see ancient petroglyph, soak in a natural warm springs, and probably catch a glimpse of bighorn sheep. After Three Forks the action picks up and we run a series of exciting class III to V rapids. The final rapid is Widow Maker, which may have to be lined or portaged.
Day 6: A fairly quiet and tranquil float down to Rome. Drive back to Boise for the evening. Those continuing will now be on the on the Lower Owyhee.
Airfare is not included in the tour price.
- Transportation from Boise to the river and back to Boise at the end of the trip
- Meals beginning with lunch on the first day and ending with lunch on the last day
- Use of our sleeping bags, pads, and tents (or bring your own gear and receive a $40 discount), dry bags, and wetsuits.
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For over 30 years Joe and Fran Tonsmeire have been providing the finest in wilderness adventure travel. Whether you are enjoying the beaches and hot springs on the Main Salmon, pushing your limits on the class V rapids of the Upper Owyhee, or taking in the beautiful wilderness scenery of the Flathead rivers - your trip...
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