Bureau of Land Management National Park Service US Fish and Wildlife Service US Forest Service

Battle Creek, Idaho

Managing Agency:

Bureau of Land Management, Boise District


Designated Reach:

March 30, 2009. Battle Creek from its confluence with the Owyhee River to the upstream boundary of the Owyhee River Wilderness.


Classification/Mileage:

Wild — 23.4 miles; Total — 23.4 miles.

Battle Creek

Photo Credit: Bureau of Land Management

Battle Creek

Battle Creek flows through a narrow, extremely meandering 200-foot-deep canyon. The canyon consists of nearly continuous vertical walls of rhyolite which are about 1/8 mile apart. Over the next 20 miles the canyon widens to no more than 3/8 miles across and deepens to as much as 500 feet. Tucked between the cliffs and stream channel is a lush riparian area of willow, chokecherry, dogwood, alder, rose, currant, sedges and grasses. Battle Creek is not floatable, but provides a beautiful hike for those floating the Owyhee River.