Owyhee River

Beginning in northern Nevada, the Owyhee River flows northward toward southeastern Oregon and southwestern Idaho before it joins, as a major tributary, the Snake River.

The Owyhee and its tributaries gather watershed from the Owyhee Plateau. The river travels through steep canyon area, valley communities and the Duck Valley Indian Reservation. Once it crosses the Idaho border, it eventually meets up with the South Fork Owyhee River.
As it passes through the lower southeast corner of Oregon, it combines with the West Little Owhyee River (from the south), the Middle Fork Owyhee River and the North Fork Owyhee River (both from the east).

Other tributaries such as Jordan Creek, Rattlesnake Creek and Crooked Creek merge into the Owyhee as it makes its way toward the Snake River near the Idaho-Oregon border.
Before the river officially meets up with the Snake, it’s stopped by the Owyhee Dam, which creates man-made Lake Owyhee. Below the dam the river then merges with the Snake River.

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Largest Sub-Basin in the Columbia Drainage
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Elevation below the Owyhee Dam
  • Idaho Water Report 2017

Idaho & Eastern Oregon 2017 Water Report

**Photos Updated on Feb 21, 2017 Snow, snow, and more snow. So far the winter of 2016/2017 has been nothing short of good news for our mountain snowpack’s throughout much of Idaho and the West.

  • Owyhee River Fly Fishing Report for Winter Fly Fishing

Owyhee Fly Fishing Report – February 1, 2017

Owyhee River Fly Fishing Report: The river has frozen over, and for the most part is unfishable. If you can find some open water, slow stripping small streamers and wooly buggers can be productive.

Owyhee River Fishing Report for October 17, 2016

OWYHEE RIVER The flows have finally dropped to 30 cfs so nymphing will be a little more difficult. There has been decent midge hatches in the morning till mid-afternoon. Keep an eye out for BWOs

  • Fly Fishing the Owyhee River

Owyhee River Fishing Report – July 25, 2015

As summer is progressing we are seeing the hatches moving up stream as well as many of the fish. Mornings have been slow, but fish are willing to take nymphs. Through mid-day, anglers have had