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Jarbidge River, Jarbidge

#56 of 68 in Nature in Nevada
The Jarbidge River is a 51.8mi, high altitude river in northern Nevada and southwest Idaho in the United States. The Jarbidge originates as two main forks in the Jarbidge Mountains of northeastern Nevada and then flows through basalt and rhyolite canyons on the high plateau of the Owyhee Desert before joining the Bruneau River.
The small town of Jarbidge, Nevada is located on the main stream, the source of which is Jarbidge Lake. The town of Murphy Hot Springs, Idaho is located on the river's main tributary, the East Fork Jarbidge River, about two miles above the confluence of the streams; this is the last road access to the river canyon until the Bruneau River. For approximately this narrow river twists and turns northwest through a remarkable canyon, deep and rugged, but often dotted with groves of juniper trees along the banks. The Jarbidge Canyon is about 650ft deep at the confluence of the forks, and about 1000ft deep at the confluence with the Bruneau. Once joining the Bruneau, the waters flow on to the Snake River and ultimately the Columbia River; therefore, it is one of very few rivers in northern Nevada that eventually empties into the Pacific Ocean. Tributaries include Buck Creek, Dave Creek, Columbet Creek, Dorsey Creek, Cougar Creek, and Poison Creek.
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  • We were on a dual sport motorcycle tour that wound along the river. A group of catch-and-release fisherman stayed in the same town center and told us that they came a long distance just for the chance...  more »
  • A group of us rode our UTV's across to Jabidge, Nevada and had lunch at the Outdoor Inn. Good burgers.  more »

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