BLM Wilderness Areas in Idaho

Battle Creek confluence with the Owyhee River

Wilderness Area



Little Jacks Creek

Approximately 51,491 acres of public land formerly encompassed in the Little Jacks Creek Wilderness Study Area

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Official Legal Description  

 Big Jacks Creek

Approximately 52,684 acres of public land formerly part of the Big Jacks Creek and Duncan Creek Wilderness Study Areas

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Official Legal Description

Pole Creek

More than 12,530 acres of public lands inventoried as part of the Pole Creek Wilderness Study Area

Legislative | Interpretive

Bruneau-Jarbidge Rivers

Nearly 90,000 acres of public lands formerly part of the Bruneau River-Sheep Creek and Jarbidge River Wilderness Study Areas

Legislative | Interpretive

 North Fork Owyhee

Approximately 43,413 acres of public lands inventoried as part of the North Fork Owyhee River Canyon Wilderness Study Area

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Official Legal Description

Owyhee River

Approximately 267,328 acres of public lands previously inventoried in the Owyhee River Canyon, Owyhee River-Deep Creek, Lookout Butte, Little Owyhee River, South Fork Owyhee River, Battle Creek, Yatahoney Creek, and Juniper Creek Wilderness Study Areas 

Legislative | Interpretive

Lands in these Wilderness areas are managed according to the Owyhee Canyonlands Wilderness and Wild & Scenic River Plan.  All lands formerly in the Upper Deep Creek, Sheep Creek East, Sheep Creek West, Big Willow Springs, Squaw Creek Canyon, Middle Fork Owyhee River, and West Fork Red Canyon WSAs are now managed under the Bruneau Management Framework Plan (MFP)Jarbidge Resource Management Plan (RMP), or Owyhee Resource Management Plan (RMP).

What is a cherrystem?

Cherrystems are spurs of roads in Wilderness areas that do not themselves have wilderness status. The boundary of a Wilderness area extends up one side of a cherrystem route, around its terminus and down the other side of the roadway, to allow for motorized or mechanized activity on the roadway that is prohibited in the Wilderness area.

The Omnibus Public Land Management Act of 2009 also designated a few cherrystem routes that cross entirely through the Big Jacks Creek, Bruneau-Jarbidge Rivers, and Owyhee River Wilderness Areas.

All cherrystem routes are signed and open to motorized and mechanical transport unless posted otherwise. Please stay on established cherrystem routes to protect adjacent wilderness.

Rimrock High School students have been fabricating and installing signs to mark cherrystems in Owyhee Canyonlands (right).  


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a cave draw in the Bruneau-Jarbidge Rivers Wilderness



sign indicating a cherrystem road in the Big Jacks Wilderness area