The Owyhee River
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Volcanoguy
N 42° 50.524 W 117° 36.870
11T E 449784 N 4743459
This history sign is located on U.S. Hwy. 95 on the grade down to the Owyhee River.
Waymark Code: WMAVAH
Location: Oregon, United States
Date Posted: 02/26/2011
Published By:Groundspeak Premium Member silverquill
Views: 7

Marker Name: The Owyhee River
Marker Text: The Owyhee River originates in Nevada, courses through Idaho, and flows into the Snake River in Oregon. Most of the Owyhee River Canyon is managed by the Bureau of Land Management, with the rest under Bureau of Reclamation, State of Oregon, and private management. The geologic life of the Owyhee River basin began nearly 14 million years ago. The river flows through strata of the Miocene, Pliocene, and Pliestocene eras. The Owyhee Canyon offers a wide variety of recreational pursuits. With scenic, historical, zoological, geological, botanical, archaeological, hunting, fishing, float boating and wilderness values. The gorge affords winter protection to hundreds of mule deer, chukar, partridge and valley quail are found along the canyon floor and rock slopes. Golden eagles and a variety of hawks nest on rock ledges. The river supports small mouth bass, rainbow trout, and channel catfish. The livestock industry has been in the Owyhee River area since the 1800’s. Wild horses can be found watering at the river where the deep gorge has been cut by tributary drainages. The canyon contains signs of Indian and pioneer occupation, including rock shelters, petroglyphs, cabins, waterwheels, and corrals. Seeing such ruins enhances the pleasure of recreationists.

Historic Topic: Geological

Group Responsible for placement: BLM

Marker Type: Roadside

Region: Eastern Oregon

County: Malheur

State of Oregon Historical Marker "Beaver Board": Not listed

Web link to additional information: Not listed

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