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Jarbidge Field Office

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Spectacular desert wilderness canyons contain scenic wild and scenic rivers in the remote expanses of this unique region.

The trip along the Thousand Springs Scenic Byway is a great opportunity to gain a taste of what Southern Idaho has to offer its guests. While traveling along this byway, visitors are treated to views of the Snake River, the Hagerman Fossil Beds National Monument, numerous fish hatcheries, Shoshone Falls and Thousands Springs.

Whitewater recreation on the Jarbidge and Bruneau Wild and Scenic Rivers is a highlight of this area.

The 69-mile Bruneau/Jarbidge River System flows north from the mountains of northern Nevada through the Owyhee Uplands to the Snake River in southern Idaho. The Jarbidge River joins with the West Fork Bruneau River to form the Bruneau River about 24 miles north of the Nevada border, just upstream of Indian Hot Springs. While these Wild and Scenic rivers provide challenging whitewater, they also pose
significant danger due to dramatic variations in flows, severe weather, log jams and portages.

The primary float season generally runs from April through mid-June, and the Bruneau River flows usually peak in mid to late May. Optimal flows for rafting the Bruneau are between 800 and 2,000 cfs on the Bruneau River gauge. Due to its narrow, rocky channel, and one or more portages, the Jarbidge is primarily boated by kayakers. At some flows, the Jarbidge is passable for small rafts and catarafts. Depending on flows, both the Jarbidge and Bruneau Rivers may also be kayaked in late June and early July. Both rivers are not recommended for boating in any craft when the Bruneau gauge reading exceeds 2,500 cfs. More information about boating these rivers can be found on the BLM-Idaho website.

Off-highway vehicle (OHV) enthusiasts will find plenty of primitive two-track roads to explore in this area. Consider taking a ride on the Idaho Centennial Trail or the Roberson Trail, which provides access into the Bruneau-Jarbidge River Wilderness. This area is frequently used in the spring and early summer by whitewater boaters to access the Five Mile Rapids, a series of Class IV rapids on the Bruneau River.

The Jarbidge Foothills rise from the plains of southern Idaho and lead to the extensive peaks of the Jarbidge mountain range in northern Nevada. The sloping foothills extend from Salmon Falls Creek on the east to the Bruneau and Jarbidge rivers on the west, providing scenic views of southern Idaho from their crests. Although BLM doesn’t have designated trails or facilities here, numerous trails wind throughout the area. Hikers and hunters will be treated to beautiful, panoramic views and pristine wildlife habitat.

Boating the Jarbidge River

Last updated: 03-01-2013