- Duration: 4-7 Days
- Length: 38-220 miles
- Intensity: Intermediate, Class II-V
- Season: April-May
- Minimum Age: 8-16, depending on section
- Begins In: Boise, Idaho
- Ends In: Boise, Idaho
- Airport: Boise, Idaho
Birds of prey, wildlife, Native American historical sites and pioneer homesteads, dozens of great rapids, stunning desert canyons (like Bryce and Zion National Parks), secluded and never crowded, hot springs and great hiking.
Owyhee River Rafting - Whitewater Rafting Trips
Few white water trips can compare to the scenery, wildlife and adventure of Idaho and Oregon's Owyhee River. The Owyhee has carved dramatic multi-colored canyons, reminiscent of Bryce and Zion National Parks in southern Utah. Sheer-walled rock faces, up to 1,000 feet high, tower above the river and captivate guests as they float through this remote river canyon. The Owyhee River's white water is as diverse as the flora and fauna that adorns the remote canyon hillsides.
Depending on the section, the Owyhee River offers an ideal family vacation or an extreme adventure for experienced rafters. Each portion is unique and ROW has permits to float four different sections of the strictly regulated river. Owyhee River rafting trips range from four to seven days.
A kaleidoscope of life thrives in the canyon and you're likely to see multitudes of wildflowers, birds and reptiles as you raft through the Owyhee's Class II-IV whitewater rapids. You're also likely to see eagles and falcons soaring, beavers, otters, coyote, big horn sheep and antelope.
Undammed and free-flowing, the Owyhee is an early-season (April-June) desert river with strictly controlled launches. Camps are set on white sand beaches among twisted juniper trees and sagebrush. And as your guides prepare the evening's meal, you might soak in a hot spring or hike up a canyon draw. As the evening settles in, you sit in awe as the rock pinnacles of the Owyhee River's hillsides become silhouetted against a colorful Idaho sunset. After dinner, you sit around the glowing embers of the campfire and imagine what life was like when the Nez Perce tribe ruled these hills. This incredible desert canyon is rarely visited and offers an array of adventure, scenery and cultural history.
East Fork Owyhee River and South Fork Owyhee River adventures take you to the most remote river sections and are more expeditionary in nature, with most guests paddling atop inflatable kayaks, or daring duckies. The Middle Owyhee offers the most thrilling whitewater, and the Lower Owyhee has the most hot springs and gentlest rapids.
ROW has been on the Owyhee since 1980 and is one of very few outfitters licensed and permitted to run the entire river (bridging the states of Nevada, Idaho and Oregon). For nature lovers and white water connoisseurs, a rafting vacation on the Owyhee River is a dream come true.
If you need to purchase some gear before your whitewater rafting trip, ROW has assembled the more common items at our ROWear online store, hosted by New Headings.