from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • A river, about 483 km (300 mi) long, of southwest Idaho, northern Nevada, and southeast Oregon. It empties into the Snake River.


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  • The name Owyhee in Eastern Oregon, is a relic of these people.

    John Work's Journey from Fort Vancouver to Umpqua River, and Return, in 1834

  • The mustang deaths came two days after In Defense of Animals joined ecologist Craig Downer in filing an appeal to try to block the roundup in an area known as the Owyhee complex, three management areas covering 750 square miles north of Elko.

    The Seattle Times

  • While fishing for trophy brown trout in the Owyhee river, I caught some 7-10 lb flannelmouth suckers on rapala husky jerks.

    Grass carp...with a crankbait?

  • I was fishing with a friend in the Owyhee river and it has steep banks.

    bad luck?!?

  • Deputies from Nevada and Idaho's Owyhee County searched the rugged river canyons and mountain sides along the north border of the Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest, about 15 miles northeast of the federally protected Jarbidge Wilderness Area.

    Teams seek man whose wife survived 7 weeks in bush

  • This was the cooling system, which Jack Savage had refined following the Owyhee test.


  • The bureau had experimented with artificial cooling at the Owyhee Dam in Idaho, the largest mass of concrete ever poured before Hoover Dam.


  • Owyhee was cooled by circulating water through internal coils for about a month, and only during the late stages of construction.


  • It would also give Wild and Scenic River designation to 316 miles of rivers in the Owyhee, Bruneau and Jarbridge river systems of the Gem State.

    U.S. House votes to preserve public lands, Hastings prefers exploitation

  • Down a grassy path, couples linger in hot pools within arm's reach of beer bottles and other refreshments kept to a crisp chill in the Owyhee rapids.

    The Hot Springs Experience


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  • James Cook named the Sandwich Islands after his benefactor, John Montagu, 4th Earl of Sandwich. Cook reported that the native name for the Islands we now know as Hawai'i was Owyhee. The so-named county in SW Idaho is derived from Cook's term, and recalls 3 Hawaiian trappers who were lost in that region.

    Visuals are fairly representative of this part of Idaho.

    February 10, 2013