South Fork Owyhee River Recreation Management Area

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South Fork Owyhee River Recreation Management Area

Nevada

(775) 753-0200

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Things To Do

Overview

The South Fork Owyhee River flows north through the Owyhee desert, joining the river's East Fork in southwestern Idaho. River-running in rafts and kayaks through the steep-walled canyon is the most popular recreational activity from late March through early June. This location is the perfect remote river for kayaking and rafting. Deep-walled canyons lead out onto the high desert. Float trips can continue into Idaho and Oregon and serious whitewater. The river is within a wilderness study area, under consideration for federal protection. Practice scrupulous "Leave No Trace" techniques while exploring the area. The park is open from April until June. Reservation and fees are not necessary for park access. Popular recreational activities include: climbing, fishing, hiking, backpacking, hunting and wildlife viewing.

Note: Check in at the Petan Ranch for permission to launch and for detailed directions. Owyhee and Bruneau River Boating Guide is available from the Elko Field Office for $5.

Map of South Fork Owyhee River Rec. Management Area

Latitude, Longitude: 41.804780, -116.471210

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Activities

  • Boating

    Kayaking and rafting are perfect for this area. Non-motorized boating only please. Check in at the Petan Ranch for permission to launch and for detailed directions. Owyhee and Bruneau River Boating Guide is available from the Elko Field Office.

  • Camping

    Please call the main phone number for more information.

  • Climbing

    Please call the main phone number for more information.

  • Fishing

    Please call the main phone number for more information.

  • Hiking

    Please call the main phone number for more information.

  • Hunting

    Please call the main phone number for more information.

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Directions

Driving

From Elko: travel 27 miles north on State Highway 225. Turn west onto State Highway 226 for 40 miles until the pavement ends. Then follow County Rd 728 for 16 miles to the Petan Ranch.

From Owyhee: take the bladed dirt road towards Sheep Creek Reservoir. Follow bladed road for 23 miles to the Petan Ranch Headquarters.

Phone Numbers

Primary

(775) 753-0200

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