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Idaho whitewater, Sheep Creek

Owyhee county, Marys Creek to Bruneau River section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.

 

CLASS II-V+     19.3 miles
  If you're coming from Mountain Home it's not a long drive at all to the put-in location, as you can see on the road map further down. The Marys Creek to Bruneau River section of Sheep Creek in Idaho is 19.3 miles long and is rated by American Whitewater as a class II-V+ section. If you've been whitewater rafting and kayaking outside Idaho you might find the rivers here a bit more challenging, so keep in mind that rivers here are not as easy
    as elsewhere. The Marys Creek to Bruneau River section is one of a few paddling sections in this river system. The nature scenery of Owyhee County and the cool fresh water are reasons enough to come here and paddle. This
section is long enough for an overnight trip if you take your time, so why not pack your camp stove too. Getting some good exercise and just hanging out with mother nature have a lot of people coming here. The nearby hotels are a bit away from the river, but if you donít have reservations you might end up sleeping in your car. For all you camping people there are campgrounds nearby.

Briefly about the general area:
Don't leave Sheep
 
    Creek without first going for a hike along the Cedar Tree Trail. Good hiking is available along the Tindall Trail. For the period of the warm months here at Sheep Creek, high temperatures frequently reach the 90's. Through
  the dark hours of summer temperatures dip down into the 50's. Daytime highs all through the wintertime are in the 30's, and nighttime lows at Sheep Creek throughout the wintertime typically sink into the 20's. Sheep Creek is pretty waterless frequently. For the period of the month of November you get the most rain around here, and the driest month of the year is July.

Sheep Creek, Marys Creek to Bruneau River road map
Printable road map with the put-in and take-out locations clearly marked.

   

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OUTDOORS
These outdoors activities are available near Sheep Creek.
 Whitewater Near Sheep Creek:
Bruneau River, Owyhee County, 5 miles away
      Class II-IV - 40 miles long (Indian Hot Springs to 8 miles South of Bruneau)
Sheep Creek, Owyhee County, 7 miles away
      Class II-V+ - 19.3 miles long (Marys Creek to Bruneau River)
Marys Creek, Owyhee County, 11 miles away
      Class III-IV - 6 miles long (to Sheep Creek)
Bruneau River - East Fork, Owyhee County, 13 miles away
      Class IV-V - 9 miles long (Winter Camp to Roberson Trail)
Bruneau River - West Fork, Owyhee County, 24 miles away
      Class IV-V - 28 miles long (Below Rowland Nevada to Indian Hot Springs)
Bruneau River - West Fork, Elko County, 24 miles away
      Class IV-V - 19 miles long (Rowland Nevada to Blackrock Crossing Idaho)
Jarbidge, Owyhee County, 27 miles away
      Class II-V - 29 miles long (Murphy Hot Springs to Bruneau River)
Jarbridge River - East Fork, Elko County, 30 miles away
      Class -blank- - -blank- miles long (to Murphy Hot Springs Idaho)
 Ski Areas Near Sheep Creek:
Bogus Basin, Idaho , 75 miles away, 1800 foot drop, 7 lifts, 52 runs
Soldier Mountain, Idaho , 80 miles away, 1425 foot drop, 3 lifts, 36 runs
Magic Mountain, Idaho , 97 miles away, 700 foot drop, 3 lifts, 13 runs
 Hotels Near Sheep Creek:
Hampton Inn - Suites Mountain Home, Mountain Home , 37 miles away
BEST WESTERN Foothills Inn, Mountain Home , 37 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Sheep Creek:
Bruneau River - Cave Draw, Bruneau, 4 miles away
Bruneau River - LowerCave Draw, Bruneau, 4 miles away
Bruneau River - Sheep Creek, Hammett, 7 miles away
 Trails Near Sheep Creek:
Cedar Tree Trail, Owyhee , 6 miles away
Tindall Trail, Owyhee , 7 miles away
Batt Trail, Owyhee , 9 miles away
Tiguero Trail, Owyhee , 12 miles away
Roberson Trail, Owyhee , 12 miles away
 Public Lands Near Sheep Creek:
Hagerman Fossil Beds National Monument, Hagerman - ID , 59 miles away
Bruneau Dunes State Park, Idaho , 25 miles away
Three Island Crossing State Park, Idaho , 37 miles away

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