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Rivers/Wild and Scenic Rivers Oregon/Washington BLM



Rivers/Wild and Scenic Rivers

Rafters along the Lower Deschutes River

Lower Deschutes River

The Lower Deschutes River is an increasingly popular river for all kinds of recreationists. Thousands of people visit each year to enjoy its incredible fishing, exciting whitewater, and beautiful scenery. The river offers a variety of opportunities for both day and overnight trips. The most popular types of recreation include fishing, hunting, boating, mountain biking, and hiking.

To reserve or purchase a Lower Deschutes River Boater Pass, visit http://www.boaterpass.com/

Did you know?

The BLM Boater Pass system is moving to Recreation.gov beginning as early as January 4, 2017 >>>

John Day River

 Bridge Creek along the John Day River

From its headwaters to Camas Creek, the North Fork of the John Day River is one of the most important rivers in northeast Oregon for the production of anadromous fish. Wildlife found along the river's corridor include mule deer, elk, and black bears, along with peregrine falcons and bald eagles.

Recreation opportunities include hunting, fishing, sightseeing, horseback riding, hiking, snowmobiling, skiing, camping, and whitewater rafting. more>>

To reserve or purchase a John Day River Boating Permit, please visit John Day River Permit System.


For information on Camping and Day Use Sites along the John Day River please visit http://www.blm.gov/or/resources/recreation/johnday/camping.php.

The rugged, beautiful John Day River canyon land is now the backdrop for Cottonwood Canyon State Park. When built out, the park will offer a primitive recreation experience with more than 50 miles of hiking and mountain biking trails. The BLM and State Parks will work together to create a seamless experience for visitors that preserves the outstandingly remarkable values of the John Day Wild and Scenic River.

Lower Crooked River

Lower Crooked River

The Chimney Rock segment of the Lower Crooked Wild and Scenic River is increasingly popular for all kinds of recreationists. Thousands of people visit each year to enjoy the incredible fishing, camping, and scenic views. The area provides for many types of recreation activities, including: camping, fishing, hiking, and driving, or bicycling on the Crooked River Backcountry Byway. The Lower Crooked Wild and Scenic River has 2,300 acres of public land managed by the Bureau of Land Management and approximately 220 acres managed by the Bureau of Reclamation. The river meanders through a rugged canyon that includes towering basalt cliffs up to 600 feet high.