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Owyhee River - oregon
20th of April
Streamflow 4370 cfs
Average 2000 cfs
Runnable Min 1000 cfs
Runnable Max 5000 cfs
Gradient 17 FPM
Length 35 Miles
Class III to V-
Current Weather 80° Sunny


Middle (Three Forks to Rome) is currently runnable with streamflow levels at 4370cfs, about 119% above the average runnable rate of 2000cfs. We recommend paddling this section of the Owyhee River between a bare minimum of 1000cfs and a high of 5000cfs.

This class III to V- journey is accessible from 2 different boat launch points along the Owyhee River. Paddlers should prepare for the 1 class III to V- whitewater rapids along this run. Streamflow levels and subsequent run conditions for Middle (Three Forks To Rome) are sourced from the nearby USGS streamflow gauge at Owyhee River Nr Rome Or.

The Middle Owyhee is an excellent scenic and remote river and canyon.  If you can hit this river when the water is flowing you will most likely have 2 to 4 days of river time all to yourself. Weather on the river today will be sunny, with a high near 80. southeast wind 5 to 13 mph becoming southwest in the afternoon.

Season Begins: March & Ends: June

Seasonal Flow Status: 308% Above Average

With a 4370cfs streamflow rate, Middle (Three Forks To Rome) is currently above its 1071cfs average seasonal streamflow for this time of year by 308%. Typically, this paddling destination has seen streamflow levels ranging between a low of 232cfs in 2015, and a high of 4370cfs seen in 2019. Data for this report is sourced directly from USGS streamflow gauge 13181000

Hourly Forecast: 80° Today, Sunny

Over the course of the next 5 days, weather conditions on the river are expected to range between A chance of showers, then showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm after noon. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 65. North wind 6 to 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 70%. to sunny, with a high near 80. southeast wind 5 to 13 mph becoming southwest in the afternoon. It doesn't look like there's any substantial snow forecasted this week with air temperatures ranging between 65° - 80°

Forecast Discussion

000 FXUS65 KBOI 190808 AFDBOI Area Forecast Discussion National Weather Service Boise ID 208 AM MDT Fri Apr 19 2019 .SHORT TERM...Today through Monday...Southwest flow aloft ahead of an approaching trough will advect warmer and more unstable air into the region today. Showers and thunderstorms will develop this afternoon in or near our northwest forecast area, generally in or near Baker County. Temps will warm today to their warmest readings of 2019 so far, with upper 70s to lower 80s in the lower elevations, and 60s and 70s in the mountains. The approaching system will bring a cold front through the area tonight, and as it moves from northwest to southeast, the chance for showers and thunderstorms will spread southeast with it. Thunderstorms should end by around midnight, but showers will continue overnight. By Saturday morning, the chance for precipitation will be seen area- wide. With daytime heating, the chance for thunderstorms returns Saturday afternoon and evening, with the best chance over the southeast part of the forecast area, generally south and east of Boise. Temps will cool significantly on Saturday behind the cold front, with readings down around 15 degrees from today`s highs. Sunday will be a little warmer than Saturday, and most of the precipitation will move off to the east as the upper level trough departs in that direction. Monday will be dry and warmer, with temps around 5 degrees above normal. There may be enough precipitation in Harney County to put the Silvies River into minor flooding Sunday, but confidence is not high enough at this time to issue a flood warning. We will analyze additional data later today, so watch for later statements. .LONG TERM...Monday night through Thursday...A weak upper ridge moves across the area Monday Night and early Tuesday, but flattens by late Tuesday, and a shower in the northern mountains late Tuesday is not out of the question. Better chances for precip on Wednesday and Thursday as the storm track sags slightly further south, and some weak shortwaves brush by to the north. None of these waves look particularly strong, and timing is ...

Whitewater Rapids and Obstacles

Obstacle Summary Class Elevation
Ledge Rapid

After a mile or so of flat water to get warmed up you will encounter The Ledge.  This is a boulder strewn technical section.  The entrance usually requires a drop and then choosing a line down the boulders.  At high, pushy water, this rapid can be quite difficult.

Scout on the left side of the river.
III to V- 3942.77 Feet

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