Sheep Creek (Bruneau River tributary)

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Sheep Creek
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Sheep Creek
Sheep Creek (Bruneau River tributary) is located in Idaho
Sheep Creek (Bruneau River tributary)
Location of the mouth of Sheep Creek in Idaho
Sheep Creek (Bruneau River tributary) is located in the United States
Sheep Creek (Bruneau River tributary)
Sheep Creek (Bruneau River tributary) (the United States)
CountryUnited States
StateIdaho, Nevada
CountiesOwyhee County, Idaho, Elko County, Nevada
Physical characteristics
 ⁃ locationeast of Owyhee, Nevada, Elko County, Nevada
 ⁃ coordinates41°58′18″N 115°55′07″W / 41.97167°N 115.91861°W / 41.97167; -115.91861[1]
 ⁃ elevation6,126 ft (1,867 m)[2]
MouthBruneau River
 ⁃ location
Bruneau – Jarbidge Rivers Wilderness, Owyhee County, Idaho
 ⁃ coordinates
42°29′55″N 115°35′50″W / 42.49861°N 115.59722°W / 42.49861; -115.59722Coordinates: 42°29′55″N 115°35′50″W / 42.49861°N 115.59722°W / 42.49861; -115.59722[1]
 ⁃ elevation
3,415 ft (1,041 m)[1]
Length63 mi (101 km)[3]
DesignatedMarch 30, 2009

Sheep Creek is a 63-mile (101 km) long[3] tributary of the Bruneau River. Beginning at an elevation of 6,126 feet (1,867 m)[2] east of Owyhee in northern Elko County, Nevada, it flows generally north into Owyhee County, Idaho and the Owyhee Desert, where it is roughly paralleled by Idaho State Highway 51. It then flows to its mouth in the Bruneau – Jarbidge Rivers Wilderness,[4] at an elevation of 3,415 feet (1,041 m).[1] In 2009, 25.6 miles (41.2 km) of the creek were designated as wild by the Omnibus Public Land Management Act, which also created the Bruneau – Jarbidge Rivers Wilderness.[5][6]

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  1. ^ a b c d "Sheep Creek". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey. June 21, 1979. Retrieved July 15, 2013.
  2. ^ a b Source elevation derived from Google Earth search using GNIS source coordinates.
  3. ^ a b "National Hydrography Dataset". United States Geological Survey. Retrieved July 15, 2013.
  4. ^ Idaho Road and Recreation Atlas (Map) (2nd ed.). 1:250,000. Benchmark Maps. 2010. p. 82. ISBN 978-0-929591-06-3. OCLC 567571371.
  5. ^ "Sheep Creek, Idaho". National Wild and Scenic Rivers System. Retrieved July 15, 2013.
  6. ^ "Wild and Scenic Rivers". Bureau of Land Management. June 20, 2013. Archived from the original on February 14, 2013. Retrieved July 15, 2013.