April 28 - May 3, 2017
6 day/5 night camp trip with raft support
Price: $1750 meeting in Rome OR.
Shuttle from Boise airport and boat rentals optional
Distance: 55 miles Rome to Birch Creek
Average Gradient: 18 feet/ mile
Difficulty: Class II - III
Average Daily Flow: approx. 2,000 cfs
Reservations: Momentum River Expeditions 541.488.2525
The extremely remote Lower Owyhee defies direct comaprisons. Wild and rarely seen, it is bizarrely beautiful and sometimes haunting. The weather is unpredictable. The river winds through a land of hot springs and hoodoos, of towering bluffs, and windswept plateaus, of jaw dropping beauty and awe-inspiring loneliness.
The Owyhee is home to a wide array of wildlife and birds and is an important breeding habitat for Woodhouse and Western Toads during the spring. The area is rich in cultural history with Native American petroglyphs up to 9,000 years old and abandoned ranches from a far more recent time.
We paddle through magnificent desert canyons with walls towering over a thousand feet overhead and camp on sandy beaches. We feast on delicious food, sleep under the stars, and spend plenty of time exploring. The side hikes are world-class and for many provide some of the highlights of the trip. We visit places like Pruitt's Castle, Chalk Basin, Jackson Creek, and Devils Tower. This is desert canyon country, there are no maintained trails. Making our way through sand, sage brush and rock, these hikes, a mix of mellow to rugged, provide panoramic views of a unique landscape.
The Owyhee is a natural flowing river. The volume depends on the interplay between the spring rains and the higher elevation snowpack and how it melts off. Flows can be anywhere between 20,000 and 300 cfs! There are numerous pool-drop Class II and III rapids. At flows around 2000 cfs they tend to be bouncy wave trains. As flows drop below 1000 cfs, lines become more technical as rocks become exposed.
This is a wilderness journey enjoyed by few, a magical place that is perfect for anyone wanting a once-in-a-lifetime trip to a place less traveled. The relaxed 6-day pace allows us to fully immerse ourselves in the experience, with time for hiking and relaxing on one of Oregon's hidden gems!