Gauge Description:

The river can be paddled at lower or higher flows. It becomes more technical at lower flows and you probably wouldn't want to paddle it much below 700 cfs. At higher flows the hydraulics obviously get bigger and precise manuvering to catch eddies at the top of the big drops becomes a necessity. The BLM rates 8000 cfs as high water. Other sources have recommended flows up to 3000, 4000, and 8000 cfs. A good minumum flow for rafts is 1400 cfs. Rapids are technical but still runnable.

Gauge Information

Name Range Difficulty Updated Level
OWYHEE RIVER NR ROME OR
usgs-13181000 1000 - 5000 cfs III-IV(V) 09h22m 165 cfs (too low)

gauge graph
RangeWater LevelDifficultyComment
1000 -5000 cfs barely runnable-high runnable III-IV(V) gauge is important or has warning

Reports give the public a chance to report on river conditions throughout the country as well as log the history of a river.

When River/Gauge Subject Level Reporter
Owyhee @3. Three Forks to Rome [OR] Account of 05/01/19 n/a Matt Barnes
2y130d12h23m /Owyhee-1. Three Forks to Rome [OR] Widowmaker 5500 cfs Tim Kelley
2y130d13h07m /Owyhee-1. Three Forks to Rome [OR] Widowmaker Lead-in 5500 cfs Tim Kelley
2y130d13h08m /Owyhee-1. Three Forks to Rome [OR] Shark's Tooth 5500 cfs Tim Kelley
2y130d13h13m /Owyhee-1. Three Forks to Rome [OR] Lower Half Mile Rapid 5500 cfs Tim Kelley
3y170d13h51m @Owyhee 3. Three Forks to Rome [OR] Owyhee 1850 cfs Thomas O'Keefe
8y242d06h30m /Owyhee-1. Three Forks to Rome [OR] Canyon below Widowmaker n/a Stephen Hunt
8y242d06h35m /Owyhee-1. Three Forks to Rome [OR] Widowmaker a good level Stephen Hunt
> 10 years Owyhee [OR] Owyhee River Canyon n/a Chris Dawkins
> 10 years Owyhee [OR] lower Half Mile Rapid 1750cfs Chris Dawkins