Owyhee River

General overview

Often dubbed the “Grand Canyon of Oregon,” the Owyhee River presents a captivating scenery with towering cliffs and a 3,000-foot relief. Encompassing a vast two million acres, the Owyhee Canyonlands offer an extensive and pristine wilderness for exploration. The river rafting expedition unveils remarkable views of red-rock spires in Honeycombs, Chalk Basin, and Leslie Gulch, complemented by historic petroglyphs providing insights into the area’s cultural history.

The arid landscape, devoid of inhabitants and vegetation, adds to the mystique. The steep cliffs and narrow canyon create a captivating experience for those exploring the region.

Hot Springs

There are several hot springs along the river to soak in during the trip including Echo Rock Hot Springs, Snively Rock Hot Springs, Greely Hot Springs and Three Forks Hot Springs. Many of them are primitive with mud bottoms and varying in size. A few are located right on the banks of the river while most we will need to hike a bit to get to – we try to explore as many hot springs as possible during the trip depending on timing, weather, and river conditions.

All or part of this operation is conducted on public lands under special permit from the U.S. Bureau of Land Management.


Known as the “Grand Canyon of Oregon” with breathtaking towering cliffs and 3,00o ft relief

Option to stop and soak in multiple hot springs along the river

Experience the Owyhee Canyonlands which stretch across more than two million acres

Raft the Wild & Scenic River section

Very remote, wild and untouched

View red-rock spires Honeycombs, Chalk Basin, and Leslie Gulch

Historic petroglyphs

Noted as one of the least tainted by light pollution in the lower 48, this region is a hallmark for stargazing.

Explore the Birch Creek Historic Ranch post-trip at our takeout point.

The Owyhee River offers cenic rafting at its best! From its origins in the snowcapped mountains of northern Nevada, the Owyhee River flows north, cutting across the southeastern corner of Oregon before joining the Snake River on the Idaho border.

Owyhee River Trips

Owyhee River Overview