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Old 02-14-2014   #1
 
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Owyhee beta

Hey all-

I want to plan a trip the spring combining several sections of the Owyhee into a longer trip. Does anyone have info on the upper sections? (east fork, above 3 forks). Advice for which sections are the most scenic?

I understand that the flow window is pretty narrow for raftable flows. Does anyone have input on how low you could go in IK's or creekboats?

Thanks for any info!

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In 2010 five of us did from 45 Ranch to Rome in four cats. Flows worked out great for us that year, the scenery is incredible the rapids were a blast and quite the challenge for me. It was a trip of a life time for me and very glad logistics worked out( flow and shuttle)!!!!
It is a class V shuttle for sure, use someone who knows how to get there, it would be a nightmare to try to do it yourself if you are not familure with the country. I have been there once and would still not attempt to do my own shuttle now, or probably ever.
Be safe out there...
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Thanks for the info. Any idea what the flows were and whether or not you could go lower?
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It's been 20 years since I've been on the Owyhee. EF isn't generally rafted because of the portage of Owyhee Falls. I suspect you need at least 2000 CFS at Rome to enjoy rafting on the Upper Owyhee.
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here's the number for the shuttle. Looks like a bad snow year for the owyhee. Its on my list. Be ready to leave at a moments notice from march to April and have a good 4x4. Watch weather and flows and hit the window. Shapp might chime in. He seems to do it quite a bit. They also do low flow trips in duckies.
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Yeah, I am kind of figuring flows will be too low for rafting most of this spring. Strongly considering self support in hardshell cross over boats/creek boats or IK's.

Any other thoughts on shuttle complications as well? Best put-ins?
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South Fork Owhyee

Have done the South Fork, from El Paso Pipeline to 45 Ranch in 14' paddleraft. Very scenic, couple of old ruined homesteads, several decent campsites, including where Claude Dallas killed the Fish & Wildlife officer. Lots of busy class II and II+ rapids. There's a rock weir right above 45 Ranch; looked runnable maybe but we portaged. Saw the biggest, fattest raccoon ever, stalking a family of gosling (till we came along and spoiled his plans.) Lots of rattlesnakes.

You can launch up higher at the YP Ranch, with landowner permission (contact Elko BLM for phone info). Roads are terrible when wet. Road into pipeline launch site 4WD. Not many landmarks for navigation - take a GPS and BLM 1:100,000 map.
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not sure about the upper stretch. I have ran from rome down at 700 cfs with a 16' and 14' raft... it's running right now... be a bit cold but a good level..
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In a kayak, launching onto Deep Creek from the Juniper Mtn Rd and going to Three Forks makes for a short shuttle on relatively good roads. It's willow bashing for the first few miles, but wasn't bad long ago.

Whitewater is significantly harder going from Three Forks to Rome.
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What would shuttle logistics be like for Deep Creek to Rome? Or even deep creek all the way through the lower? (I will call that shuttle number for more info in the next day or two)

Keep the info coming, guys! Really appreciate the beta.
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