South Fork of Owyhee Wild and Scenic River

South Fork of Owyhee Wild and Scenic River

The South Fork Owyhee River enters Idaho from the north enclosed within a 550 foot deep canyon.  The canyon is both basalt and rhyolite.  Within the canyon there are beautiful rock pinnacles and hoodoos.  This stretch of river is known as an outstanding wilderness river experience because of the canyon’s scenic qualities, solitude opportunities, wildlife viewing, and length of trip available.

Find out more about other wild and scenic rivers on the Idaho National Conservation Lands page or on the wild and scenic rivers program page.


32.6 miles
(1.2 recreational, 31.4 wild)

Recreational, Wild

Designation Date:
March 30, 2009

Designating Legislation:
Public Law 111-11

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Bureau of Land Management
Bruneau Field Office
Phone: 208-384-3300