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Birch Creek Historic Ranch
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Birch Creek Historic Ranch, Oregon
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Description: 5 campsites near the Owyhee River with access for rafters one mile downriver at a grassy sand bar take-out. The campground is hosted by a caretaker with radio, potable water, bulletin board, and a toilet. Boaters continuing to Leslie Gulch please camp on the opposite side of the river from Birch Creek. There is plenty of area for day-use, but visitors who drive in and boaters taking-out here are limited to the Birch Creek side for camping. Fishing in the Owyhee for brown trout.

�This section of the river is a �drop and pool� river where long sections of flat water are interrupted by difficult Class III, IV and V+ rapids. The rapids include long boulder gardens and heavy hydraulics, which preclude small rafts, drift boats and open canoes. Constricted channels and the possible need for portages can make the use of large rafts difficult. The middle section of the river is recommended for highly skilled boaters equipped with kayaks, catarafts or medium sized rafts.

Hiking along the Owyhee canyon rim or in the nearby Jordan crater, a 4000-year old caldera filled with fascinating formations such as lava tubes, kipukas, cones, domes, sinks, cracks, and trenches.

Location: From Jordan Valley, go 10 miles north on US 95, then about 28 miles west on Cow Creek Road/Jordan Craters Highway, following Owyhee River signs. From the ranch, it is 1 mile downriver to the take-out. Access road can be negotiated to the ranch with a high clearance vehicle, but requires 4WD to the take-out or when wet.   Latitude: 43.215255   Longitude: -117.503618

Address: Bureau of Land Management
Vale District Office
100 Oregon Street
Vale, OR  97918
Phone: (541) 473-3144

Season: mid March - mid October

Fee: no, but registration is mandatory for floaters

Reservations: no
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Notes: The road may be temporarily closed if saturated. Road grade into the canyon is steep with tight turns, motorhomes and trailers over 12 feet are not recommended.

Poison ivy, water hemlock, and other poisonous plants grow along the edge of the river.Rattle snakes and scorpions may be seen in camp, along the river, or during a hike.
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