Jarbidge and Bruneau Rivers

Paddling the Jarbidge and Bruneau Rivers requires navigating long committing desert canyons filled with rattlesnakes, mandatory portages, sharp raft piercing rocks, poison ivy, and a healthy population of insects. It‘s also one of the most beautiful and thrilling wilderness adventures you can have.

On May 11-13 Moe Witschard and I made the 80-mile run. The USGS Bruneua River Gage reported 700 cfs.

American Whitewater offers online descriptions of both Jarbidge and Bruneau. In 2009 these two wild rivers were honored and protected by the establishment of the 89,996-acre Bruneau-Jarbidge Rivers Wilderness.

Thanks for that Mr. McCarthy. I’ve been looking at the maps for this trip and wondered where you put in and took out (the spots noted on this map or perhaps all the way up by Jarbidge, NV?)

I also wondered if the rock is too chossy for reasonably safe climbing.