Bruneau River Launch Site

Bureau Of Land Management, Idaho.

Hidden within a vast high desert plateau are deep canyons carved by the Owyhee, Bruneau and Jarbidge Rivers in a remote area of southwestern Idaho. Nearly 40 miles of Bruneau River's 50-mile total length are designated as wild. Volcanic caves, canyons and spire-like hoodoos tower hundreds of feet above whitewater rafters in this unique environment of unsurpassed solitude and unique beauty. In early spring, this area brightens up with beautiful desert flowers contrasted sharply against the dark volcanic rock. The sagebrush plateaus of the Owyhee Uplands provides habitat for over 200 species of wildlife. Soaring eagles and hawks can often be seen flying over the skylines and nesting along the cliff faces here. The ancestors of the Shoshone-Paiute and Shoshone-Bannock people have used these canyonlands for thousands of years for shelter, weaponry, fish and game and water. From placid pools to turbulent whitewater; from vertical cliffs to steep grassy slopes, this area presents visitors with challenging and extraordinary experiences. The Bruneau River has a short boating season, typically it only has enough water to float in the spring. While this is a launch point for rafting or kayaking the Bruneau Wild and Scenic River, no facilities exist at this site.

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Directions

From Bruneau, ID at the One Stop head south for 36 miles on the Clover-Three Creek Road to the Clover Road.  Turn south and proceed for 4 miles to a large kiosk.  Turn west and proceed for 5.75 miles where the gravel ends and go straight for 2.6 miles.  Stay to the left for 3.4 miles meeting up with the Idaho Centennial Trail.  Go south for .8 miles at the small kiosk stay right and in 2 miles you will come to the Wilderness boundary.  Proceed on the Bruneau cherry-stem for a mile reaching the top of the Indian Hot Springs Grade.  The grade is 1.5 miles long and at the Wild and Scenic Kiosk you can turn left for the bridge launch site in .2 miles or you can turn right and reach the BLM launch site in .16 miles

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