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U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT

John Day River

Launch permits are unlimited in 2016. An on-line launch permit is required year-round and available here to boat all sections of the Mainstem downstream of Spray. Permits to boat upstream of Spray are encouraged and available here and at launch points. Notice: Boaters launching at Cottonwood Bridge (J.S. Burres) will need to take-out at Rock Creek or McDonald Crossing as there is no road access to the river at Starvation Lane.

Annual Fire Closure, June 1 - Sept. 30

Example of a fire closure notification

Fire Danger

In the John Day River canyon, the combination of dry cheat grass, strong canyon winds, and steep terrain is a recipe for high fire danger, where one mistake can quickly erupt into a major wildfire.

View the current Prineville Alerts/Notices

Due to high fire danger, campfires and charcoal fires are not permitted from June 1st to September 30 each year. An annual fire closure notice is issued each spring closing the river corridor to all fires and restricting smoking. Example of John Day River Fire Closure Notice For 2015 Season (PDF)

Fire Safety

Lightning-caused wildfires are an annual occurrence on the John Day River. Learn what to do in case of fire. Safety Tips-Wildfire Along the Rivers