Big Jacks Creek Wilderness
|Big Jacks Creek Wilderness|
|Location||Owyhee County, Idaho, USA|
|Nearest city||Boise, Idaho|
|Area||52,826 acres (21,378 ha)|
|Governing body||Bureau of Land Management|
The Big Jacks Creek Wilderness is located on the high basalt plateaus of Owyhee County in southwestern Idaho in the western United States. Little Jacks Creek Wilderness is on its northwest border. About 35 miles (56 km) miles of Big Jacks Creek is classified as a wild river.
Elevation varies from 2,808 to 5,872 ft (856–1,790 m) with canyons that are as much as 655 ft (200 m) deep that are covered in several varieties of sagebrush. The Creek flows north into the Bruneau River, which in turn flows into the Snake River.
The Big Jacks Creek Wilderness was created by the Omnibus Public Land Management Act of 2009 and signed into law by President Barack Obama on March 30, 2009. Also created in the Omnibus Land Act were five additional southwestern Idaho wilderness areas in Owyhee County, collectively known as the Owyhee Canyonlands Wilderness Areas:
- Bruneau – Jarbidge Rivers Wilderness - 89,996 acres (36,420 ha)
- Little Jacks Creek Wilderness - 50,929 acres (20,610 ha)
- North Fork Owyhee Wilderness - 43,413 acres (17,569 ha)
- Owyhee River Wilderness - 267,328 acres (108,184 ha)
- Pole Creek Wilderness - 12,533 acres (5,072 ha)
Wilderness areas do not allow motorized or mechanical equipment including bicycles. Although camping and fishing are allowed with proper permit, no roads or buildings are constructed and there is also no logging or mining, in compliance with the 1964 Wilderness Act. Wilderness areas within National Forests and Bureau of Land Management areas also allow hunting in season.
The Big Jacks Creek Wilderness lies within the Owyhee Desert, part of the northern Basin and Range ecoregion, although hydrologically the wilderness area is within the Snake River – Columbia River drainage. The area is home to Columbia River redband trout, mountain quail, bighorn sheep, and two species of sensitive plants. Other plants found are black sagebrush, low sagebrush, Thurber needlegrass, Idaho fescue, bluebunch wheatgrass, bud sagebrush, Indian ricegrass, willow, rose, currant, and sedge.
- "Big Jacks Creek Wilderness - General". Wilderness.net. Archived from the original on 19 July 2011. Retrieved July 13, 2011.
- "Big Jacks Creek Wilderness, Idaho". Public Lands. Retrieved July 12, 2011.
- "Wild & Scenic Rivers". Bureau of Land Management. Retrieved July 14, 2011.
- "Big Jacks Creek". Bureau of Land Management. Retrieved July 13, 2011.
- "Owyhee Canyonlands Wilderness Areas". Bureau of Land Management. Retrieved July 10, 2011.
- "Owhyhee Canyonlands Wilderness". Idaho Public TV. Retrieved July 10, 2011.
- "Forestwide Standards and Guidelines" (PDF). United States Forest Service. Retrieved July 10, 2011.
- "Big Jacks Creek Wilderness - Area Management". Archived from the original on 29 June 2011. Retrieved July 13, 2011.
- This article incorporates public domain material from the United States Geological Survey document: McGrath, C.L., Woods, A.J., Omernik, J.M.; et al. "Ecoregions of Idaho" (PDF). (color poster with map, descriptive text, summary tables, and photographs; with a Reverse side).
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Owhyhee Canyonlands Wilderness Areas.|
- Big Jacks Creek near Bruneau, Idaho (Station 13169500) - United States Geological Survey
- Owyhee Uplands Backcountry Byway - Bureau of Land Management