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Oregon whitewater, Owyhee River

Malheur county, Rome to Owyhee Reservoir section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS III-IV     65 miles
  If you're coming from Ontario it's not a long drive at all to the starting location, as you can see on the road map further down. This section of Owyhee River in Malheur County is 65 miles long and it is classified as a class III-IV section by American Whitewater. Whitewater rafting and kayaking spots in this state tend to be more challenging than the national average, so keep in mind that the rivers in this state are less manageable. You
    can pitch a tent or park your RV at a nearby campground. Great exercise and spending some quality time in nature have a lot of people coming here. Whether you're whitewater rafting or kayaking this area has a pretty small
number of paddling spots. The wonderful Malheur County scenery and the beautiful way the water current moves down the stream beats anything. This river system has a few good paddling stretches and the Rome to Owyhee Reservoir section is one of them. There arenít any hotels right nearby but if you're willing to drive a short distance then no problem and if you make reservations in advance you're all set.

Briefly about the general area:
The warmest time of the year brings highs in the 90's to Owyhee River while night lows are generally in the 50's. The wintertime comes with highs in the 30's, and night lows in the 20's for Owyhee River. At Owyhee River you donít see much precipitation. During the month of December you get the most snow around here, and the driest month of the year is July.

Owyhee River, Rome to Owyhee Reservoir road map
Printable road map with the put-in and take-out locations clearly marked.


Detailed Map

Stats for this river stretch

Local weather forecast

These outdoors activities are available near Owyhee River.
 Whitewater Near Owyhee River:
Owyhee River, Malheur County, 20 miles away
      Class III-IV - 65 miles long (Rome to Owyhee Reservoir)
 Ski Areas Near Owyhee River:
Bogus Basin, Idaho , 100 miles away, 1800 foot drop, 7 lifts, 52 runs
 Campgrounds Near Owyhee River:
Birch Creek Historic Ranch, Arock, 3 miles away
Cow Lakes, Arock, 12 miles away
Slocum Creek - Leslie Gulch, Arock, 13 miles away
 Public Lands Near Owyhee River:
Lake Owyhee State Park, Oregon , 28 miles away

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