Owyhee River (OR) - May 8-12, 2017 - 68 Miles

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Trip Itinerary (BLM map for Lower Owyhee):
Day 	Camp 			Bank 	River Mile (RM) 
Put-in	Rome,OR 		Right	0.0
1	Little Hackberry 	Left	15.5
2	Pruitt's Castle		Left	24.5
3	Jackson Hole		Left	37.5
4	Nr Island Ranch WW	Left	54.5
Takeout	Leslie Gulch		Right	68.0	

Camping at the Rome putin. Lots of people here this year. Got down to 30F overnight. Tent fly condensation was actually frozen. Previous trip was in 2002


Morning rigging, before the rest of the crowds appear


On the water at 11:05am MDT. The Owyhee is in the small eastern part of Oregon that is not PDT


Looking downstream towards the US 95 bridge


Bird condos under the bridge


One of the few riffles on the first day


Slow moving flat water


Casey took an alternate path


Below Jordan Creek. Antelope Reservoir upstream sometimes adds minor inflows to the Rome gage


Horses grazing on the hill


Whitewater with a view


More whitewater with a view


Hikeout camp was taken


Took Little Hackberry instead


Sandy tenting area


Day 2 - Looking upstream from camp 9:52am. Almost ready to launch


Weeping Wall RM 17.5. Several water containers were refilled here and thus began the argument as to whether or not it was safe to drink


Upstream of Weeping Wall


Mike and Chris, the 2 kayakers


Just admiring the view


Jim and Thomas


Isolated rock spires


View above Pruitt's Castle


Shared group camp at Pruitt's Castle


Across from Pruitt's Castle


Fuzzy moon rise


Day 3- Sun rises on Pruitt's Castle


Morning hike to Pruitt's Castle


Stitched 2 frame panorama at Pruitt's Castle


Terrain behind


More Pruitt's Castle


More rock spires


On the water at 10:19am passing Pruitt's Castle


Chalk Basin #1


Chalk Basin #2


Awed by the everchanging formations


Canyon tightens


Above Whistling Bird


Below Whistling Bird rapid


Bridge gap


Cliff Side camp below Montgomery


Looking back at Montgomery


Relax and float


Jackson Hole camp. Kitchen was setup under the trees so we didn't have to put up a shade tarp like we did at Pruitt's Castle


Day 4 - On the water at 10:15am


Spires at the top and V-shaped fill area


Relaxing ....


Passing Hole-In-The-Ground Ranch


The Owyhee's Devils Tower


Greeley Bar hot springs


Casey admires the rock formations


Definitely unique


Still in awe of the changes


Passing first Water Wheel RM 50


Another group already parked at Basque camp


Passing SUP boarder with another group


Camp rattlesnake


Camping across from defunct Island Ranch Water Wheel. Looks like major channel changes moved it away from main flow


Downstream of camp


Upstream of camp


Pinnacle Rock behind camp. Several of the group hiked up there


Day 5 - After a few miles of rowing in the rain, we started the group trip in the slackwater to the takeout. Note wake under tubes. Going about 4.25mph


View from Casey's end. Verification photo


Lake Owyhee. Damn water spot from rain. 12:14pm


Casey pushes the tied togther rafts with his outboard


Wide open. Note: BLM SE Oregon "teacup" shows Lake Owyhee as 100% full


Still got that damn water spot


More spires


Approaching Leslie Gulch takeout 2:05pm


Group shot at Leslie Gulch from Thomas. Actually taken by gal on SUP board


05/08/2017 12:00 MDT 3,580 CFS 5.22'
05/12/2017 12:00 MDT 2,840 CFS 4.63'


Flow below Wild Horse Reservoir (near SNOTEL source)
05/08/2017 12:00 PDT 298 CFS 2.77'
05/12/2017 12:00 PDT 277 CFS 2.69'


20 miles below Wild Horse (still 100+ miles upstream from Rome)
05/08/2017 12:00 PDT 7.16' 863 CFS
05/12/2017 12:00 PDT 6.96' 788 CFS


    Credits:
  1. U.O.N., Olympus Stylus 770SW Digital Photography by William F. Smith (7.1 MP, 3072x2304 HQ, 3X optical 38-114mm)

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