Battle Creek, Idaho
Bureau of Land Management, Boise District
March 30, 2009. Battle Creek from its confluence with the Owyhee River to the upstream boundary of the Owyhee River Wilderness.
Wild — 23.4 miles; Total — 23.4 miles.
Photo Credit: Bureau of Land Management
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.