Pole Creek Wilderness

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Pole Creek Wilderness
IUCN category Ib (wilderness area)
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Map showing the location of Pole Creek Wilderness
Map showing the location of Pole Creek Wilderness
LocationOwyhee County, Idaho, USA
Nearest cityBoise, Idaho
Coordinates42°31′39″N 116°30′19″W / 42.52750°N 116.50528°W / 42.52750; -116.50528Coordinates: 42°31′39″N 116°30′19″W / 42.52750°N 116.50528°W / 42.52750; -116.50528
Area12,533 acres (5,072 ha)
Governing bodyBureau of Land Management

The Pole Creek Wilderness is located on the high rhyolite and basalt plateaus of Owyhee County in southwestern Idaho in the western United States.[1][2][3] Its whitewater rapids are a popular attraction.[1]


The Pole Creek Wilderness has canyons over 800 feet (240 m) deep, and sagebrush and grassland plateaus. These canyons in Owyhee County have been called "the largest concentration of sheer-walled volcanic rhyolite and basalt canyons in the western United States".[1][4] There are no designated trails.[5]

Legislative history[edit]

The Pole Creek Wilderness was created by the Omnibus Public Land Management Act of 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:[6][7]

The act of 2009 added 517,025 acres (209,233 ha) of wilderness within the state of Idaho.[6][7]

Natural history[edit]

The Pole Creek 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.[1][8] The area is home to mule deer, pronghorn, bighorn sheep, sage grouse, hawks, eagles, falcons, songbirds and many rare plants.[1][5]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d e "Pole Creek Wilderness - General". Wilderness.net. Retrieved July 11, 2011.
  2. ^ "Pole Creek Wilderness, Idaho". Public Lands. Retrieved July 11, 2011.
  3. ^ "Pole Creek Wilderness" (PDF). Bureau of Land Management. Retrieved July 11, 2011.
  4. ^ "Map of North Fork Owyhee and Pole Creek Wilderness" (PDF). Bureau of Land Management. Retrieved July 11, 2011.
  5. ^ a b "Weekend Trip to Pole Creek Wilderness". Treasure Valley Backpackers. Retrieved July 11, 2011.
  6. ^ a b "Owyhee Canyonlands Wilderness Areas". Bureau of Land Management. Archived from the original on October 24, 2011. Retrieved July 10, 2011.
  7. ^ a b "Owyhee Canyonlands Wilderness". Idaho Public TV. Retrieved July 10, 2011.
  8. ^  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).

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