Owyhee Canyonlands Wilderness

A view of the east fork running through the Owyhee Canyonlands Wilderness

The Omnibus Public Land Management Act of 2009 designated 517,000 acres of wilderness and 316 miles of wild and scenic rivers. The legislation also authorizes acquisition of seven public rights-of-way across private lands. These rights-of-way provide access to significant federal lands that were previously difficult to reach because they were surrounded by private parcels.

The Act created six separate southwestern Idaho wilderness areas:

  • The Owyhee River Wilderness (267,328 acres)
  • Big Jacks Creek Wilderness (52,826 acres)
  • Bruneau-Jarbidge Rivers Wilderness (89,996 acres)
  • Little Jacks Creek Wilderness (50,929 acres)
  • North Fork Owyhee Wilderness (43,413 acres)
  • Pole Creek Wilderness (12,533 acres)

Some of the nearby towns are Grand View and Mountain Home, Idaho, and Jordan Valley, Oregon.