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Old 02-10-2016   #1
Corvallis, Oregon
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Lower Owyhee Tow/paddle out?

Planning a lower owyhee trip in late march and am wondering if anyone has experience getting a tow across the reservoir (who to talk to) or paddling to Leslie Gulch (assuming the lake level is low)? Any thoughts would be appreciated!

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Old 02-10-2016   #2
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Its a long haul. I did it once. We brought a 5 hp motor and mounted it on a cat boat and used it as a tug to pull a 16", 14' raft and 16' cat with 8 ppl a 2 dogs. I wouldn't do it again.

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Old 02-10-2016   #3
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Shuttle Co

We did a Rome to Birch Creek in March 3 yrs ago. Decent road but small creek crossings coming out of the canyon. Doable as long as the weather behaves. Otherwise it's Owyhee Gumbo. These guys are doing shuttles: 541-586-2548 Jack. 541-586-2865 Corey. They are based out of Jordan Valley. If you can do the trip it's well worth it! Brian
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Old 02-26-2016   #4
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BLM says current all the way to Leslie Gulch
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Old 03-02-2016   #6
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I just did Rome to Leslie Gulch and took out this past Monday, current all the way to LG. We did not use any motor or tow and simply rowed. Blessed with a slight downstream wind to no wind at times. Strong Upstream winds would drastically change things or a rise in the reservoir pool height.
I thought LG was worth it just for the geology, such a beautiful extension.
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Old 03-02-2016   #7
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How many days did it take you and was there any carnage?
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Old 03-02-2016   #8
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4 days for us Thurs-Mon. Camped at Greeley on the last night and made it all the way to LG and that was after a side hike, hot springs stop x2 and ranch stop. And still made it to LG by 2pm. No carnage.
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Old 03-02-2016   #9
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Good to hear about the stretch out to Leslie. Reservoir levels seem to be rising about a foot every day though. Did you use a shuttle service or self shuttle?
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Old 03-02-2016   #10
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It seems that the lake would be rising quite a bit especially with the bump in flow, which likely wont slow much though the next week.

I used Eva's son, Joe for shuttle service: 541.568.2352
He does everything from Three Forks down and use Ken Haylett for the upper.
I would always pay for shuttle service there, time is too precious.

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