East Fork Owyhee River Garat Crossing to Three Forks

Owyhee, Oregon

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The East Fork Owyhee takes you on a trip through history and geology in the remote desert canyons where Oregon, Idaho, and Nevada meet. There are mile-long stretches where sheer vertical walls adorned with hoodoos drop to the river. There are historic sites to visit and side canyons to explore. Bald Mountain Canyon is a superb hike. In some areas, it is possible to hike up to the canyon rim for spectacular vistas of the Owyhee Mountains. Birds abound, but boaters are unlikely to see another human soul. Because of the challenges and the remoteness, the trip requires solid class 3 paddling skills and thorough preparation for wilderness expeditions. There is a lot of flat water, particularly in the Bald Mountain reach and below the West Little Owyhee. Given the portages, six nights out is a comfortable time to allocate. While there is little or no competition for campsites, some stretches have few usable sites. Character: desert canyon.

East Fork Owyhee River: Garat Crossing to Three Forks Professional Review and Guide

"The East Fork Owyhee takes you on a trip through history and geology in the remote desert canyons where Oregon, Idaho, and Nevada meet. There are mile-long stretches where sheer vertical walls adorned with hoodoos drop to the river. There are historic sites to visit and side canyons to explore. Bald Mountain Canyon is a superb hike.

In some areas, it is possible to hike up to the canyon rim for spectacular vistas of the Owyhee Mountains. Birds abound, but boaters are unlikely to see another human soul. Because of the challenges and the remoteness, the trip requires solid class 3 paddling skills and thorough preparation for wilderness expeditions. There is a lot of flat water, particularly in the Bald Mountain reach and below the West Little Owyhee. Given the portages, six nights out is a comfortable time to allocate. While there is little or no competition for campsites, some stretches have few usable sites. Character: desert canyon."

Activity Type: Whitewater Kayaking & Canoeing
Nearby City: Owyhee
Distance: 73
Class: Class III-VI
Season: Best during snowmelt season; Flow: 600–6000 cfs
Driving Directions: Directions to East Fork Owyhee River: Garat Crossing to Three Forks

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May 2018