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U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT

John Day River

Launch permits are unlimited in 2015. An on-line launch permit is required and available here to float all sections of the Mainstem and North Fork John Day River year-round. Attention: You must Confirm Your Permit or it will automatically cancel and you will lose any payment made. Please check your Permit Reservation email for your confirmation deadline.

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 2012 Season

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