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Lower Owyhee Whitewater Kayaking Trip on the Owyhee River

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Lower Owyhee Info
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Put In:  Rome
Take Out:  Leslie Gulch
Gradient:  14 ft/mi
Run Length:  65 miles
Current Streamflow:  207 cfs @ 12/14/2016 11:30 AM - OWYHEE RIVER NR ROME OR, reading taken from USGS
Good Level:  1,000 - 5,000 cfs
Streamflow Comments: 
Season Comments:  April, May, June
Primary Season: 
Permit:  Self registration at the put-in.
Character/Similar To:  Pool-drop river through desert volcanic gorges and open valleys. Includes an 8-12 mile paddle across Owyhee Reservoir with the possibiltiy of strong winds.
Hazards:  Isolated, watch for rattlesnakes.
Water Craft:  kayak,wwcan,raft
Land Ownership:  Mixed public and private.
Wilderness:  Yes
Camping on River:  Yes
Location:  In the Pacific Region (OR), 490 miles Southeast of Portland
Shuttle Logistics: 

Put In: To reach the river access at Rome, drive to the east end of the US 95 bridge over the Owyhee at Rome and turn south onto a gravel road. Follow this road about a quarter mile to the parking area and boat ramp.

Take Out: From Rome, drive east on US 95 to Jordan Valley. From Jordan Valley, drive north for about 18 miles (US 95 turns to the north at Jordan Valley) and turn left onto Leslie Gulch-Succor Creek Byway and follow the signs to Leslie Gulch (about 24 more miles).If you wish to avoid the long paddle across the reservoir, an alternate take-out is Birch Creek at river mile 49.

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Last Edited by josho on 4/26/2011

Towns near Lower Owyhee Kayaking

Baker City Oregon
Boise Idaho
John Day Oregon
La Grande Oregon
Lakeview Oregon
Ontario Oregon
Pendleton Oregon

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