American Whitewater is part of a coalition working
to permanently protect 2.5 million acres of Oregon’s Owyhee Canyonlands. We released our
conservation proposal last week, which you can view here.
The remote, wild and
little-known landscape of the Owyhee Canyonlands in Southestern Oregon is complete with deep
red-rock canyons, wild rivers and plenty of opportunities for backcountry recreation, including
rafting, hiking, fishing and camping. The region is also a stronghold to over 200 species, and
has fascinating geology, unique ecology and deep history.
For those who know it, the Owhyee River is a great backcountry whitewater trip with incredible
scenery, technical and fun rapids, fascinating geology, and hot springs. It’s most popular
with rafters and self-support kayakers for wilderness adventure during the spring snowmelt. This
is a place where you can really get away from it all.
Despite the remoteness of the region, the Owyhee is
increasingly facing development pressure–primarily from from the oil and gas
industry. The Owyhee Canyonlands are truly
a wild place, and American Whitewater is working with our partners to keep it that
way. This is the largest conservation
opportunity in the lower 48 states. Protecting the Owhyee Canyonlands will not only protect this
unique region and its wild rivers and lands, but will also boost local rural
You can show your support for protecting the Owyhee
by signing our
petition. When you do, you'll join over 9,000 Oregonians who support protecting the Owyhee!
Stay tuned to
American Whitewater for more ways that you can help!