Rhyolote canyons, towering 1,200 feet above the river, have sliced through the plateau of the Owyhee Uplands. The rivers offer challenging whitewater boating in an isolated setting. The canyons and plateau provide ample opportunity for those who wish to explore the area on foot. Sportsmen will find excellent fishing for trout and hunting for upland birds and some big game. The Bruneau Canyon Overlook offers an outstanding vista. The truly adventurous can explore 180,000 acres of pristine lands in two nearby Wilderness Study Areas. The upper canyon is the most scenic part and the easiest floating. Boaters can take out near the scenic overlook at Rogerson, but you have to climb out of the steep canyon. The second half, through Five Mile Rapids and Hot Springs Creek is rocky and requires a lot of maneuvering. Only experienced boaters should attempt the lower part of the Bruneau, especially at high water. The drive to the put-in is an experience in itself, and you should be prepared. Go with someone who knows the way, or hire a shuttle driver in Bruneau. From the confluence of the two rivers to south of Bruneau is 56 miles of class II-IV rapids.
Take Highway 51 from Bruneau. If traveling West, take the Grasmere-Rowland Road. The preferred East Route can be accessed by the Bruneau-Three Creek Road. These roads are rough and a four-wheel drive with high clearance is required.
Bruneau Field Office 3948 Development Ave. Boise, ID 83705
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