River Access

South Fork of the Owyee River, Nevada and Idaho

Use BLM Bull Run Mountains and Riddle 1:100,000 scale maps.

Nevada Pipeline Crossing, Nevada
The launch site is located four miles south of the Idaho-Nevada border, and is accessible via a series of primitive dirt roads off of Highway 51/225. Roads are impassible when wet, and accessible only by high-clearance, four-wheel drive vehicles. Trailers are not recommended.

45 Ranch, Idaho
Located on private property 12 miles north of the Idaho-Nevada border, the 45 Ranch site is accessible by high-clearance, two-wheel drive vehicles when the roads are dry. A conservation easement on the ranch property allows public use of the main roads and launch site.

YP Ranch (in Nevada-not shown on map)
Landowner permission is required to launch from the YP Ranch, which is on private property 16 miles south of the Idaho-Nevada border. This site is accessible by high-clearance, two-wheel drive vehicles, off of Highway 51/225.

East Fork of the Owyhee River, Idaho

Use BLM Riddle 1:100,000 scale map.

Garat Crossing, Idaho
Located six miles northwest of the Duck Valley Indian Reservation near the crossing of a natural gas pipeline, this is the principal launch site for the East Fork. Access is via primitive dirt roads off of Highway 51/225. Roads are impassible when wet and are accessible by high-clearance, four-wheel drive vehicles only; no trailers.

Rickert Crossing, Idaho
Landowner permission is required to access the Rickert Crossing, which is located 18 miles upstream of the East Fork’s confluence with the South Fork. The site is accessed  via primitive dirt roads off of the Owyhee Uplands Backcountry Byway. Use of this site includes a ¼-mile portage between the river and the end of the road. High-clearance, four-wheel drive vehicles only; roads are impassable when wet.

Crutcher Crossing, Idaho
Crutcher Crossing is located three miles upstream of the East Fork’s confluence with the South Fork, and is accessed  via primitive dirt roads off of Highway 51/225. Access roads are extremely rough, and are impassable when wet; high-clearance, four-wheel drive vehicles only; no trailers.

Three Forks, Oregon
Located 35 miles south of Jordan Valley, Oregon, via Highway 95 and the Three Forks Road, the Three Forks launch site is accessible by high-clearance, two-wheel drive vehicles when roads are dry. Due to sharp and steep switchbacks into the canyon, long trailers are not recommended. Please respect private property. The road may be temporarily closed if soils are saturated.

Access to the Main Owyhee River, Oregon

Use BLM Jordan Valley and Mahogony Mountain 1:100,000 scale maps.

Three Forks, Oregon
Located 35 miles south of Jordan Valley, Oregon, via Highway 95 and the Three Forks Road, the Three Forks launch site is accessible by high-clearance, two-wheel drive vehicles when roads are dry. Due to sharp and steep switchbacks into the canyon, long trailers are not recommended. Please respect private property. The road may be temporarily closed if soils are saturated.

Rome, Oregon
The Rome launch site is located ¼-mile south and east of the Owyhee River Bridge on Highway 95, about 32 miles southwest of Jordan Valley, Oregon.  This site has excellent access for two-wheel drive vehicles. Overnight camping, potable water and toilet facilities are available.

Birch Creek, Oregon
Birch Creek is 17 miles upstream from Leslie Gulch and 35 miles northwest of Jordan Valley. This takeout is reached via Highway 95 and the Cow Creek and Birch Creek roads. This site is accessible by four-wheel drive vehicles; long trailers are not recommended. Overnight camping, toilets and potable water are available. The road may be temporarily closed when soils are saturated.

Leslie Gulch, Oregon
To access this take-out, take the Leslie Gulch road via the Succor Creek or McBride Creek roads, both of which intersect Highway 95 north of Jordan Valley, Oregon. This site is accessible by two-wheel drive vehicles when roads are dry, but it may be temporarily closed due to flash flooding. There are toilets, and camping is allowed at the Slocum Creek campground. There is no potable water.  There is a designated boat ramp parking area for vehicles left overnight. Due to slack water on Owyhee Reservoir, the last 10 to 12 miles upstream from Leslie Gulch has little or no current. Upstream winds are frequent. Commercial services are available to tow boats across the reservoir. Information on towing services and dump stations is available from the Rome Launch site or Vale District.

Jarbidge River, Idaho

Use BLM Sheep Creek 1:100,000 scale map.

Two-wheel drive vehicles are sufficient to reach the Jarbidge River put-in, located at the confluence of the West Fork and East Fork of the Jarbidge River about two miles north of
Murphy Hot Springs.  Murphy Hot Springs can be reached via the Clover-Three Creek Road  and/or the Jarbidge Road. The Jarbidge Road, also called the Three Creek Highway, has an asphalt surface and originates from U.S. 93 at Rogerson, Idaho.

Bruneau River, Idaho

Bruneau River 

Use BLM Sheep Creek 1:100,000 scale map.

Four-wheel drive, high-clearance vehicles are required to access the Bruneau River launches, located on both private and public land at Indian Hot Springs, located downstream from the confluence of the Jarbidge and West Fork Bruneau rivers.  Access from the west is via a very rough dirt road off the gravel-surfaced Grasmere-Rowland Road.  Access from the east  is the preferred route, and requires traveling over a rough dirt road off the Clover-Three Creek Road.  Both access routes originate from Highway 51.

Bruneau River Takeout

Use BLM Glenns Ferry 1:100,000 scale map.

The primary takeout point for the river system is located on private land about a mile downstream from Hot Creek on the east side of the Bruneau River. Access to this site is via a good quality gravel road from the Clover-Three Creek Road. The takeout is accessible with a two-wheel drive vehicle. Trips beginning on the Jarbidge and West Fork Bruneau rivers can also take out at Indian Hot Springs.


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Deep Creek Confluence with the Owyhee River