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    On today’s Summer Bucket List, we travel to the Owyhee Canyonlands, a huge and remote area of eastern Oregon, southwestern Idaho and northern Nevada.

    Hidden within this vast high desert plateau are deep canyons carved by the Owyhee, Bruneau, and Jarbidge Rivers. These rivers, recognized as Wilderness, offer something for nearly every level of boating experience. These areas provide visitors with unsurpassed solitude in canyons of unique beauty and form. From placid pools to turbulent whitewater; from vertical cliffs to steep grassy slopes; and from wildlife, such as California bighorn sheep to wildflowers, including the Bruneau River flox, these rivers and their canyons present visitors with challenging and extraordinary experiences.

    In 1984, Congress recognized this unsurpassed beauty by designating 120 miles of the spectacular Owyhee River located in Oregon as a wild river component of the National Wild and Scenic River System to “protect the free-flowing character of the river, along with its outstanding scenic, recreational, geologic, wildlife and cultural values.”  The Idaho portions were designated Wild and Scenic Rivers in 2009.

    Learn more about Owyhee Canyonlands: http://www.blm.gov/id/st/en/visit_and_play/things_to_do/rivers/rivers/lower_salmon_river.html

    -Photos: Bob Wick, BLM California

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