Lower Owyhee

Rafting the Grand Canyon Of Oregon

TRIP LENGTH

5 days

WHEN TO GO

April - May

WHO IT'S FOR

Class III+ -
Great for everyone.
Minimum age 10

TRIP COST

$1290 - $1450

ACTIVITIES

Rafting, Kayaking, Hiking

GATEWAY CITY

Boise, ID (BOI)

MEETING LOCATION

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.

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.

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• 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

  • "It was a glorious trip. The scenery was as fantastic as we had anticipated and the weather even cooperated. The tents were easy, the pads cushy, the splash jackets perfect and the food terrific. But the contribution that you guides made to the enjoyment of the trip was immeasurable!"
  • "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)."
  • "The trip was great, the canyon was STUNNING, the company was warm and friendly and you, Mike and Cooper were amazing. "
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