Lower Owyhee

Rafting the Grand Canyon Of Oregon


5 days


April - May


Class III+ -
Great for everyone.
Minimum age 10


$1290 - $1450


Rafting, Kayaking, Hiking


Boise, ID (BOI)


Boise, ID (Rome, OR Option)

The Lower Owyhee has been compared to Zion, Bryce, and Grand Canyon National Parks but in the end it probably defies direct comparisons. The river is a land of hot springs and hoodoos, of towering bluffs and windswept plateaus, of jaw dropping beauty and awe inspiring loneliness. It is extremely remote, bizarrely beautiful, unpredictable, sometimes haunting, very wild, and rarely seen.

Why choose us on the Lower Owyhee?

Between the Lower and Middle Owyhee we run more trips than any other company. The river is a classic Momentum style adventure that highlights our guiding experience, attention to detail, and guest comfort. The Owyhee is remote with the kind of challenging logistics that we relish. We have built a reputation for innovative and comfortable camping in wilderness places and for creative menus featuring local and organic produce & products.

For Lower Owyhee trips with Momentum guests do not need to be experienced adventurer’s, athletes, or even to have ever touched a paddle or spent a night under the stars.  We truly love showing people this place!

The Owyhee in Travel Oregon Magazine

oregon-travelOur Lower Owyhee trips were featured in Travel Oregon Magazine. 

 The trip features stunning scenery, abundant wildlife, hot springs, and fun, mild rapids. We camp at wonderful sandy beaches, feast on delicious food, sleep under the stars, and spend plenty of time exploring this unique wonderland. The relaxed pace allows us to fully immerse ourselves in the experience, with time for activities such as birding, beach games, and maybe even building a river sauna.

The side hikes are world-class and for many provide some of the highlights of the trip. We visit places like Pruitt’s Castle, Chalk Basin, Jackson Creek, and Devils Tower. They provide panoramic views of this unique landscape and windows into the ancient history of the river canyon.

Our Lower Owyhee river trips are done with Momentums signature style, attention to detail, and handcrafted quality. With comfortable and innovative wilderness camping, creative menus, personal service and hospitality, one of the most experienced (and friendly) guide staffs in the world, and with all the little details and touches we are known for.  While the area is remote and the weather can be ever-changing, you do not need to be an experienced adventurer, an athlete, or to have spent a night under the stars to join us. Participants just need to be and excited to see one of the United State’s most unique river canyons.

This is a wilderness experience enjoyed by a privileged few, a magical place that is perfect for anyone wanting a once in a lifetime trip to a place less traveled.

Options and Info


• A small company committed to amazing trips & our wild places.
• Safety: All our guides have a minimum 5 years of experience leading trips around the world.
• Creative menus: featuring local and organic produce & products.
• All inclusive: all camping gear included if needed (ultra-comfortable 3” sleeping pads).
• Overall comfort: Innovative wilderness camping, attention to detail, & our signature hospitality.
• A remote river that highlights our guiding experience, expedition roots, & attention to detail.
• Most importantly - we are friendly, we love what we do, and it shows!

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Recent Testimonials

  • "I have been on many rivers, 38 to be exact. Have used Momentum twice now using guides. Andy and Mike did a great job. One of the best I have encountered using guides. Not only was their guidance down the Owyhee fantastic so was there cooking. I had a friend come along who did not know how to swim. They did a great job in assisting and protecting his experience. They did it so well that he wants some more adventure. Joe Nelson" - Joe Nelson
  • "This early April trip on the Lower Owyhee was our first rafting trip with Momentum. We chose them because they have an excellent reputation, were offering one of the earliest trips of the season (we weren’t going to miss the optimal float levels this year!), and we’d crossed paths with them last year on the Alsek River. Our five professional and very personable guides (Andy (trip leader), Kaity, Shana, Mike, and Rob) worked really hard – initially in less than optimal weather – to give us an AWESOME experience in a truly wonderful part of Oregon. 😀 The food was an excellent mix of vegetarian and meaty choices. And the weather finally gave us two warm and sunny days! These factors, along with a very congenial group of fellow rafters, made this the unforgettable experience we’d hoped for. We're seriously considering rafting the Illinois River with Momentum in 2020 (if water levels permit)." - Bruce Hope
  • "Thanks for running an amazing Lower Owyhee trip last week! As the guides on the trip will attest, I absolutely loved the food! I heard from one of the guides that Pete is considering publishing a cookbook. I'd be first in line to buy it!!! Thanks - and see you on the Cal Salmon ASAP!" - JS
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