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Old 03-19-2019   #11
 
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So has anyone hit the Owyhee yet this season? We're watching the weather and the water levels in hopes of getting on during our Spring Break (last week of March).

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Old 03-23-2019   #12
 
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If you have chains, you could get out at Birch. I would not recommend rowing across the reservoir. I did it once and took 12+ hours (and we ran out of booze).


Thatís really poor planning.
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Old 03-29-2019   #13
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Has anyone run their own shuttle from Rome to Birch, any estimate of time? Trying to decide if it is worth to send some folks while we rig. Thanks.
Only when I was a super poor college student. It is over 3 hours round trip from the Rome Launch to Birch Creek and back depending on how you driver and what vehicle closer to 4 hours. If you have a trailer, it is over 4 hours.
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Old 04-15-2019   #14
 
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I drove into Birch Saturday 4/13...

...I would not drive a 2wd drive rig in there, especially pulling a trailer. You'd be asking for trouble. Also, I would not take a low clearance rig like a Subaru.

You'd want a very short trailer. There are a couple of creek crossings where with steep banks where a long trailer could get hung up.

If you don't have experience with 4x4 driving, its best not to attempt it. For example, what are you going to do if you meet another vehicle coming down the road with no room to pull off? Can you back a trailer down a steep, winding canyon?

You might get in there in a 2wd Sprinter van, but you probably wouldn't make it out.
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Old 04-15-2019   #15
 
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Here are some pics from our trip 4/13/2019.

The road is a lot rougher than it looks in the photos.

https://photos.app.goo.gl/UqXE3zyMyjTXr7cC9
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Old 04-30-2019   #16
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What you talking about willis? Run off will have significantly occurred by May and maybe even the peak depending on how the snow comes off. The reservoir will likely be full or near full sometime in May and you will have a ton of flat reservoir water to traverse to Leslie Gulch 100% guaranteed with the current amount of snow pack already built up in the Owyhee basin. Looking at the reservoir level in March is of no use to you for a May trip.
May 1 is tomorrow, reservoir is 90% full, peak is over, get some while it lasts.
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Old 05-05-2019   #17
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Just back from five days to Leslie. This was my first time on the lower. Days 3 and 4 were the best. If/when I go back, I'll focus on spending more time in that part of the canyon.
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