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Owyhee River at Three Forks - map

Nearest town is Jordan Valley, OR

The Owyhee River runs from its headwaters at the North Fork Owyhee and Owyhee River Wilderness' in Idaho in to the Snake River. 

 Much of the river cuts through deeply incised canyons that, along with canyon rims, are home to a rich assortment of wildlife. It has become increasingly popular for recreation despite its rugged nature and limited access.

Outstanding recreation abounds in the canyon, including rafting, drift boating, kayaking, hiking, photography, nature study, fishing, hunting and camping. The Owyhee is recognized nationally as a prime early-season whitewater destination, popular for commercial and non-commercial river runners.

Help keep this river clean and healthy by adopting today! You can make a difference for this watershed and all who depend upon it.

About this State Scenic Waterway

The Owyhee River is a designated State Scenic Waterway between the Crooked Creek and Birch Creek, and from the border of Idaho and Three Forks (26 miles).

Oregon's diversity of river systems contributes richly to our quality of life. Oregonians decided to protect special waterways in 1970 when they voted two-to-one to establish the Oregon Scenic Waterways Program. The program seeks to balance protection and use through cooperation between federal, state, and local agencies as well as individual property owners and those who recreate along a waterway.  The program goals include:

  • Protect the free-flowing character of designated rivers;
  • Protect and enhance scenic and natural values, recreation, and fish and wildlife
  • Protect private property rights; 
  • Encourage other agencies to act consistently with the goals of scenic waterways


This river stretch was nominated by Bridget Tinsley, State Scenic Waterways Program, 541-388-6236



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