Owyhee River Whitewater Rafting

Raft Oregon’s Grand Canyon for 3 or 4 days! The perfect trip for the adventurous type!



• Class II, III, and IV whitewater rafting

• Luxury beach camping with delicious river meals

• Extraordinary scenery and wildlife viewing

• Optional hiking and kayaking

• Riverside hot springs

• Located in Southeastern Oregon

• Appropriate for ages 7 and up


Trip Overview

The Owyhee River in Oregon is one of whitewater enthusiasts best kept secrets. It’s known as “Oregon’s Grand Canyon” and can only be accessed in the spring to early summer by whitewater rafting. Flows vary with snow melt, bringing life to the canyon and creating challenging rapids.

The Owyhee’s uncrowned desert solitude, rhyolite cliffs and beautiful sandy beaches make this a premier river experience. There is vast and rarely disturbed wildlife, plentiful clear drinkable springs that pour out from rock walls and riverside hot springs, of which there are several.  A long soak in nature’s mineral hot tubs are the perfect way to wind down after an exciting day on the river.

Our adventures down the Owyhee will allow you plenty of time to hike the many trails and basins, fish for catfish, bass and trout, explore petroglyphs from cultures of the past, or just simply relax and enjoy all that the river has to offer. The Owyhee is a remarkable journey through remote high desert making this seldom visited wilderness a favorite for adventurers looking for a unique river experience.

Difficulty Rating

The Lower Owyhee River adventure is rated EASY, and considered appropriate for any physical ability, including children ages 7 and up.  Most physical activities are optional.  The trip may require walking on uneven terrain for short distances. Whether you prefer to relax on the beach or hike the high desert terrain the choice is yours, you can enjoy the Owyhee in whichever way suits you best. The Middle Section is rated MODERATE with the possibility of portages and unavoidable hikes.  Call America’s Rafting Company for more details about the different sections of the Owyhee River.

The Owyhee River is a Class III-IV river: mostly Class III’s with a few Class IV’s and a Class V on the Middle Section. It is a small volume, pool and drop river. Most of the rapids are not technically difficult, with its small volume, rocks must be avoided.

In the spring (typically April-June), the Owyhee is at its peak and ready to run. The high desert weather is  unpredictable and all guests will be supplied with wet suits. Rain gear is highly recommended but most days are mild: t-shirt and shorts weather. This trip is not for the faint-of-heart, but it offers its own adventure and few get the opportunity to see what this river has to offer.

Take a look at the types of boats to choose from on this trip.

Typical Itinerary

Evening before Departure: Enjoy a stay in Jordan Valley, OR or Nampa, ID. The drive from Nampa is considerably longer and does require a much earlier wake up time but provides more hotel and dining options.

Day 1: Meet at the Rome launch site at 8:00 a.m. for a 9:00 a.m. departure. Our first day starts off with with several Class III rapids with the occasional Class IV rapid or V on the middle section. Lunch is served riverside, usually with a short optional hike and leisure time. After more floating and whitewater, we arrive at our riverside camp in the late afternoon. There’s plenty of time to spend the evening relaxing in camp, soaking in hot springs, fishing, swimming, hiking and playing beach games. Each night a delicious gourmet meal will be prepared from our river kitchen: appetizers, delicious entrées, fresh baked Dutch Oven breads and decadent desserts.

A Typical Day (Days 2-4): After falling asleep under an amazing Oregon starlit sky, you will wake in the morning to the enticing aroma of hot gourmet coffee.  After a delicious hot breakfast, we are back on the water to experience, relax and enjoy. This is when the magic of a river trip happens: no clocks, no cell phones, no computers; just you, the group and your beautiful surroundings. The evenings will be similar to the previous nights at a camp further down river.

Last Day: We arrive at the take-out in the early afternoon and head back to civilization. You can expect to arrive back in Jordan Valley around 4:00 p.m.