Bruneau–Jarbidge Rivers Wilderness

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Bruneau – Jarbidge Rivers Wilderness
IUCN category Ib (wilderness area)
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Map showing the location of Bruneau – Jarbidge Rivers Wilderness
Map showing the location of Bruneau – Jarbidge Rivers Wilderness
LocationOwyhee County, Idaho, United States
Nearest cityBoise, Idaho
Coordinates42°23′45.8″N 115°37′32.8″W / 42.396056°N 115.625778°W / 42.396056; -115.625778Coordinates: 42°23′45.8″N 115°37′32.8″W / 42.396056°N 115.625778°W / 42.396056; -115.625778
Area89,996 acres (36,420 ha)
Governing bodyBureau of Land Management

The Bruneau – Jarbidge Rivers Wilderness is located on the high basalt plateaus of Owyhee County in southwestern Idaho in the western United States. The wilderness area is named after and protects much of the Bruneau and Jarbidge Rivers and their canyons. Whitewater rafting is a popular recreational activity in this wilderness area, which has rivers up to Class V.[1][2] About 40 miles (64 km) of the Bruneau River and about 28.8 miles (46.3 km) of the Jarbidge River are classified as a wild river.[3]


The wilderness area includes the Bruneau River from about five miles upstream of the Jarbidge confluence down nearly to the confluence with Hot Creek, as well as portions of Sheep Creek and Clover Creek. On the Jarbidge River, the wilderness spans the entire length from the confluence of the West and East Forks of the Jarbidge to the Bruneau confluence. In places the wilderness boundary is defined by the rim of the river canyon; elsewhere it includes some plateau country beyond the rim in addition to the river canyon. The wilderness area is bisected into two units by a small road at Indian Hot Springs, just north of the Bruneau-Jarbidge confluence.[4]

Legislative history[edit]

The Bruneau – Jarbidge Rivers 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:[5][6]

The Act of 2009 added 517,025 acres (209,233 ha) of wilderness within the state of Idaho.[5][6]

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.[7][8]

Natural history[edit]

The Bruneau – Jarbidge Rivers Wilderness lies within the Owyhee Desert, part of the northern Basin and Range ecoregion, although hydrologically the wilderness area is within the Snake RiverColumbia River drainage.[9] The wilderness area is home to a small population of threatened bull trout,[10] as well as Great Basin redband trout, bobcat, river otter, and bighorn sheep.[1]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Bruneau – Jarbidge Rivers Wilderness - General". Retrieved July 11, 2011.
  2. ^ "Bruneau Jarbidge Rivers Wilderness, Idaho". Public Lands. Retrieved July 11, 2011.
  3. ^ "Wild & Scenic Rivers". Bureau of Land Management. Archived from the original on February 14, 2013. Retrieved July 14, 2011.
  4. ^ "Map of Bruneau - Jarbidge Rivers Wilderness" (PDF). Bureau of Land Management. Archived from the original (PDF) on October 6, 2012. Retrieved July 11, 2011.
  5. ^ a b "Owyhee Canyonlands Wilderness Areas". Bureau of Land Management. Archived from the original on 2011-10-24. Retrieved July 10, 2011.
  6. ^ a b "Owyhee Canyonlands Wilderness". Idaho Public TV. Retrieved July 10, 2011.
  7. ^ "Forestwide Standards and Guidelines" (PDF). United States Forest Service. Retrieved July 10, 2011.
  8. ^ "Bruneau – Jarbidge Rivers Wilderness - Area Management". Retrieved July 11, 2011.
  9. ^  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).CS1 maint: multiple names: authors list (link) (color poster with map, descriptive text, summary tables, and photographs; with a Reverse side).
  10. ^ "Status of the Migratory Bull Trout Population in the Jarbidge River Drainage" (PDF). Technical Bulletin No. 96-5, April 1996. Idaho Bureau of Land Management. Retrieved July 11, 2011.[permanent dead link]

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