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Old 04-15-2011   #1
Salem, Oregon
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Owyhee May

Hello boatfolks,

I'm taking a group of friends down a river the day we get out of university this year (may 11th). I wanted to do the Rogue, but I've only run it in the midsummer and it's looking pretty high. I like to hang on the side of safety when I'm in charge of other people.

Someone told me to check out the lower Owyhee stretch. Right now it's at 5000 so it should be perfect by mid may, right? ( USGS Real-Time Water Data for USGS 13181000 OWYHEE RIVER NR ROME OR ).

and for the big question.
I can't find any information about this run online. No guides or anything. Can anybody help me find a river guide to tell me about regulations, camping, tips, rapids?

Should be a good trip.


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Old 04-15-2011   #2
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I think this is self permit. Blm vale district has info. Float guide I think is online. That stretch is class ii iii. There is ranger station right at launch in Rome

Be prepared for weather can be very cold and windy at peak rafting times

Mid section is more technical involving some 4's and a 5. River drops quick so you really have to catch it at the right time

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Old 04-15-2011   #3
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Might check out Steve's blog its not as detailed as you might want, but gives you an idea:

Stueby's Outdoor Journal: Try the Lower Owyhee River - it's special

and here is the snowpack for the state:

Good Luck!
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