Oregon’s Owyhee touches hearts, minds of veterans and urban youth

Veterans and urban youth explore Oregon's Owyhee with Soul River, Inc. Photo: C. Brown
Chad Brown is a decorated US Navy veteran who received multiple honors after serving in Desert Storm Gulf War and Operation Restore Hope, Somalia, and who struggles today with PTSD. Brown’s discovery of nature as medicine inspired him to launch Soul River Inc., a nonprofit that connects veterans and inner-city youth in the great outdoors. By engaging U.S veterans as mentors for inner city youth through fishing and camping, all experience the healing power of nature. And together, they form an enduring love for our public lands, waters and wildlife. Here, participants share what their Owyhee adventure meant to them, in their own words. Read More

Get to know our Owyhee River

Our Wild & Scenic Owyhee River. Photo: J. Davis
Located in southeastern Oregon and reaching across the corner of Idaho to its headwaters in northeastern Nevada, 35 percent of the Owyhee River within Oregon has been classified as “Wild and Scenic” for its recreational, wildlife, geologic and cultural values.  Read More

An Owyhee packrafting adventure

Running Whistling Bird rapid on the wild Owyhee River. Photo: T. McDonald
Nick McEachern is an outdoor educator who splits his time between Central Oregon, Salt Lake City, and the Teton Valley. He is an instructor for the Northwest Outward Bound School where he seeks to educate the next generation of river runners and conservationists. His passion is looking at the edges of the map for out-of-the-way hidden gems and using human power to cross unique landscapes with his close friends. Read More

Owyhee Beckoning

Julie Weikel rides her horse through the Owyhee. Photo: Dan Holz
Julie Weikel grew up in 'ION' country, the area where Idaho, Oregon and Nevada's borders meet. She worked for over four decades in the area as a large animal vet, building an intimate, deep knowledge of the Owyhee's people, history, land, water and wildlife. She's traveled extensively throughout the Owyhee Canyonlands and explored many of it's most remote places by horseback, truck and foot - adventures which continue to deepen and grow her tremendous knowledge of and love for this special part of Oregon. Read More