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U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT

John Day River

Camping & Day Use

Recreation Site Boat Launch Camping Sites Group Sites Fee*
Drinking Water
Toilets
Location
John Day Crossing
(East side)
No
Primitive N/A None
None
Vault
River Mile 20.4 - 25 miles southwest of Arlington, via Blalock Canyon Road to Rock Creek Lane
Cottonwood
Rafting
No Camping N/A None
None
Handicap
Vault
River Mile 39.6 - 12 miles southeast of Wasco on State Route 206
Clarno
Rafting
No Camping N/A None
None
Vault
River Mile 109 - 20 miles west of Fossil on State Route 218
Lower Burnt Ranch
Rafting
Primitive N/A None
None
Vault
River Mile 131.7 - 1 mile west of Burnt Ranch Beach
Burnt Ranch Beach
Rafting
Primitive Walk-in N/A None
None
Carry-out toilet required
River Mile 132.4 - 12 miles west of Twickenham Bridge
Priest Hole
Rafting
Primitive N/A None
None
Vault
River Mile 137 - 7 miles west of Twickenham Bridge
Twickenham
Rafting
No Camping N/A None
None
Vault
River Mile 144 - 17 miles north of Mitchell via State Route 207 to S. Twickenham Road
Service Creek
Rafting
6 N/A 5.00
None
Vault
River Mile 157 - Intersection of State Routes 19 & 207, just south of the town of Service Creek
Muleshoe
Rafting
10 N/A 5.00
None
Vault
River Mile 159.2 - 10 miles west of Spray on State Route 19
Shady Grove
No
No
Camping
N/A None
None
Vault
River Mile 178 - 7 miles east of Spray on State Route 19
Lone Pine
No
5 N/A 5.00
None
Vault
On the North Fork John Day River, 1.5 miles northeast of Kimberly toward Monument
Big Bend
Rafting
4 N/A 5.00
None
Vault
On the North Fork John Day River, 2 miles northeast of Kimberly toward Monument
Monument
Rafting
No Camping N/A None
None
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Vault
On the North Fork John Day River, just out of the city of Monument

* There is a $2.00 charge per extra vehicle (tow vehicles excluded) in all fee campgrounds, with a maximum of two vehicles allowed per site.

The BLM has two maps available of the John Day River. The 2011 Lower Deschutes and John Day Rivers map covers the mainstream between Highway 26 near the town of Dayville and the Columbia River, including Service Creek to Cottonwood Bridge ($8). The 1991 Upper John Day River map covers portions of the North, Middle and South Forks, as well as the mainstream from the town of Kimberly upstream to the headwaters (free). The maps identify public and private land ownership, river miles and topography and are available by contacting the BLM at 541-416-6700 or by email at OR_Prineville_Mail@blm.gov.

The John Day River Recreation Guide (with floater's guide) is available for purchase. Pick one up at the Prineville District Office (3050 NE Third St, Prineville OR 97754) or order by phone (541-416-6700). Cost is $5.00 per book. Visa/MC and debit cards accepted.