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Boat House

    The Boat House was built in 1928 as a garage and boat house for the Bureau of Reclamation employees who were building the Owyhee Dam. It was used for a long time as a garage, shop, and boat house after the completion of the Owyhee Dam. 

    In 2016 the building was renovated into a rental cabin, which is now called the Boat House.  The renovation took many hours to complete from demolition, framing, electrical, plumbing, drywall, painting, finish work, and flooring.

Many donations were received from guests & visitors to be able to complete this project.  We are very grateful for all the donations contributed by guests of the Owyhee Dam Cabins. 

    The Boat House is a beautiful 2 bedroom, 1 bath cabin that has a lot to offer with oak kitchen cabinets, a master bedroom with a queen size & a twin size bed, a fully furnished kitchen with appliances, a dining area for six, a living room with couch and recliner, a 2nd bedroom with 2 bunk-beds, ceiling fans, quiet heaters, air conditioning, propane  BBQ, picnic tables, and a beautiful place to relax and enjoy the outdoors of the Owyhee River Canyon.

Items that you'll need to bring with you, that we do not supply.

  • Food & Beverages
  • Blankets (Sheets provided)
  • Body wash, Shampoo, Conditioner

Items Provided

  • Fully furnished kitchen
  • Paper towels & toilet paper - plush
  • Propane for BBQ
  • Pillow & Sheets for each bed

Rental Details

  • Check-in time after 3 PM
  • Check-in at the Dam office (Dam Tenders may not be available at check-in)
  • Check-out time before noon (12 PM)
  • Payment made through Air BNB
  • There will be "NO SMOKING" in Boat House
  • There will be "NO PETS ALLOWED" in Boat House unless they are a service pet with documentation.
  •  "NO WADING BOOTS ALLOWED" in Boat House.
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The Boathouse is located in a restricted area at the Owyhee Dam Compound; You will notice the gate that says "STOP" and the two signs that say "NOTICE - RESTRICTED AREA AUTHORIZED PERSONNEL ONLY" beyond this point.


There is a walk-through access gate to the side of the drive-through gate that guests may use to enter the compound & access the Boat House.

Guests can use the gate during their check-in and check-out times for loading and unloading, pending the Dam Personnel's availability to open the gate.  Parking will be outside of the compound gate for security purposes.

You are permitted to occupy the grounds that surround the Boat House only; the rest of the facility is restricted, except for the Visitors Center, to speak to Dam personnel and/or during an emergency.

Restricted area for Dam Compound

All guests are encouraged to use the river trail for access to the river above the facility and to stay near the high water mark throughout the facility. Use of facility road is for authorized personnel and/or an emergency.

There is no cell phone service in the canyon. If you need to make a phone call, WiFi service can be used at the Visitor Center with your smartphone. If it is an emergency the Dam office phone may be used for an "Emergency Only".

We hope you enjoy your stay at the Boat House!


Owyhee Irrigation District has the right to remove scheduled reservations from the calendar when necessary. There may be times when the district will need the cabins due to unforeseen maintenance or an emergency on the compound or at the Dam.  The District will notify the guest as soon as feasibly possible, but we can not guarantee a length of time of notice.

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