Bruneau Field Office
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Some of the most spectacular and untouched high desert landscapes in the United States can be found here. From the sweeping plateaus and towering canyons of the Owyhee Canyonlands and the solitude of the Big and Little Jacks Creek Wilderness Areas, to the excellent wildlife viewing along the Owyhee Uplands Backcountry Byway, memorable vistas and experiences are around each turn.
Three wilderness areas including the Big Jacks Creek Wilderness, Little Jacks Creek Wilderness, and the Bruneau-Jarbidge River Wilderness are located in this region. The waterways through much of these wilderness areas are also designated as Wild & Scenic Rivers.
The spectacular Owyhee, Deep Creek, Bruneau and Jarbidge Rivers are floatable in the spring, but are only recommended for experienced and well-prepared boaters. These remote rivers have difficult put-in and take-out locations (especially in bad weather) and have challenging Class II - V whitewater with difficult portages. A waterproof river guide is available from the BLM.
Visitors to this area can also enjoy bird watching, camping, big game and upland bird hunting, hiking, motorized recreation, horseback riding and driving for pleasure.
The only developed recreation spot in this region is Poison Creek picnic site. This site has tables, grills, fire grates, one vault toilet, shaded areas and a small trail.
The Owyhee Uplands Back Country Byway, also called Mud Flat Road, is a scenic driving route across the Owyhee Plateau and Canyonlands. Traversing 92 miles in Idaho and 12 in Oregon, the Byway allows visitors to explore different vegetative zones, including juniper and mahogany stands and sagebrush and aspen-covered plateaus.
Take proper precautions when visiting this harsh, remote environment. Cell phone coverage is unlikely. To ensure a safe trip and return, be prepared with proper equipment, maps, compasses, clothing and knowledge of the general area and weather conditions.
Wilderness areas and wild and scenic rivers are part of the BLM’s National Landscape Conservation System, which serves to protect and conserve special places on public lands.
Help care for and protect this fragile environment for current and future generations by leaving no trace and packing out what you pack in. Decrease the chance of contaminating the water supply and minimize wildlife disturbance by camping at least 200 feet from streams.