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23 – Leslie Gulch Boat Ramp

Leslie Gulch is a canyon in Malheur CountyOregonUnited States. It is on the east side of Owyhee Lake, a reservoir on the Owyhee River. Its abundant and striking rock formations are made of tuff.

The gulch was named after a local rancher, Hiram E. Leslie, who was hit by lightning here in 1882. Previously it had been called “Dugout Gulch.”

The last 15 miles of the gulch are on a smooth, but curvy gravel road, adding a bit of time to get there.

More Information

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leslie_Gulch


Coordinates: 43.32209, -117.32326
Elevation: 3100 ft
Difficulty: 3
What to Expect: No info

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FW190Pilot

This road may have been a 3 at one time but I don’t think it is anymore. Definitely a 2. Spectacular scenery and a place I’d want to go exploring with my hiking shoes instead of motocross boots.

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KTM 350 EXCF
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JRATZ

What a nice area

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KTM 500
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Trent01

Memorial Day ride

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GSA 1200
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englund

Busy place on Sunday

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DR650
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Idabiker

I hadn’t been to Leslie Gulch for 16 years, the last time was with my family to do some hiking. A beautiful area for sure!

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KLR 650 2008
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chatty

Busy there today, lots of rafts coming out

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Norden
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ShaneV

Great ride down to the boat launch, make sure to take your time getting down though, for one- to see the views, but 2- huge truck-trailering boat rigs can pop out around corners without warning. I went on a Saturday so it was pretty busy.

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Africa Twin
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Caleb Forrey

Well worth the trip down. First time for me, way cool!

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V-Strom 650
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NormOps

Cool place would like to see more of it from a boat sometime. I wonder how the fishing is.

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Tiger 800
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Justin Wilke

I really enjoyed all the cool rock formations all the way down.

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DR650
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2
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NjD

Such a magical place to ride! Stunning rock formations and the hills were so green. Rode with pals and this location was a favorite.

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KTM 890R
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Jeff Dyer

The weather was beautiful and with the reservoir at full capacity there were a lot of rafters but the ride was awesome.

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Yamaha tenere 700
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BB445

Leslie Gulch is always one of my fav. places to visit. Great ride in with friends on 04/29/24. Lots of boaters, campers, and fishermen for a Monday afternoon. Took numerous side trails to add some adventure on our way to the boat ramp

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890R
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Boltupright

Forever and a day I have wanted an excuse to come down here and it was well worth the wait. Gorgeous rock formations. Nice ride. When linked to Succor makes for a longish trip on a pretty well graded gravel road.

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BMW 1250ADV
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hafen8er

This is one of my favorite places. It’s quite a trip on a dirt road. Amazing scenery.

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KTM 890R
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Mteichert32

Windy day

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Honda africa twin
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Lucas Stern

Also visited this site on Dan’s ride. Was lucky enough the have someone leading the way so I could take in the amazing views of the rock formations on the way in.

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Yamaha Tenere 700
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jsk83687

Went on Dan’s ride. This was stop 2. Haven’t been here in years, always a beautiful place. There are so many rock formations to see, everything was spring green. Good ride in, freshly graded but not too lose or soft yet.

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Husky 901e
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Dan Huff

The Owyhee Reservoir was full; sometimes the reservoir goes 10 years without filling so this was a great site to see. The views coming in are spectacular.

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KTM 890 R
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Alex Crane

The road to Leslie Gulch is very scenic and beautiful. The roads were well grated and in good shape, so I’m rating this a 2 but keep in mind if could be more difficult at other times. There were a few water crossings along the way.

This was a part of Dan’s ride, and we stopped here for snacks a a pit stop.

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R1200GS
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Ed Torrey

The lake is full, quite a few rafters coming out when we were going in. everything is green and the road is in good shape right now.

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KTM890
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Jason

was a bit busy because I hit it on a weekend. Great views though.. the road was in okay shape just your typical washboards

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KTM 790 ADV
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Dusty1

This was a smooth and easy ride in. We came in from succor creek and added a few offshoot trails to add a little excitement. Only challeng I can say was the first mile or two of Succor creek that had golfball sized rocks as road gravel. That was a bit loose to ride, but not terrible. The views and rock formations are amazing. I can’t wait to come back here and camp.

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CRF450L
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Tumbleweed208

Hit this site on 4/12. Enjoyed a nice snack on the boat ramp with my riding buddies. The scenery on this ride is amazing with the rock formations on either side of the trail on the way down. The water flow/level is very high right now. I suggest coming down through Succor Creek for a scenic ride.

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KTM 500 EXCF
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