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U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT

John Day River

Due to low water, vehicle access to the river at Starvation Lane is closed until the fall by Oregon State Parks. An online 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. The number of launch permits issued in 2017 will not be limited, so it is not necessary to obtain your permit until close to your launch date. Once issued, don't forget to confirm your permit between 10 and 30 days prior to your trip. Permit fees are non-refundable.

Guide & Outfitters

Commercial Permits

Commercial businesses offering guided trips on the mainstem or North Fork of the John Day River are required to obtain a permit from the Prineville District Office of the Bureau of Land Management prior to operations, phone 541-416-6700.

A trip is considered to be commercial if the group fails to meet any one of the following requirements for a non-commercial trip:

  1. There is a bona fide sharing of expenses
  2. No fees are collected in excess of the actual expense of the trip
  3. There is no financial gain by any member of the group
  4. No salary is directed from shared expenses of the trip
  5. No charge is collected for use of the equipment

Authorized John Day River Guides

Northfork Station Outfitter & Guides
541-934-2000
City of Eugene/Bend Parks & Recreation
541-682-5329
Deschutes River Guides
503-784-1217
Steve Smith Outdoors, LLC
www.stevesmithoutdoors.com
Oregon River Experiences
503-632-6836
www.oregonriver.com
A. Helfrich Outfitter, LLC.
541-726-5039
www.johnday-river.com
Radditz/Sipler Outfitters
541-815-6116/503-449-4886
www.rsofishing.com
Little Creek Outfitters
503-944-9165
www.littlecreekoutfitters.net
Mah-Hah Outfitters
1-888-624-9424
www.johndayriverfishing.com
Arrowhead River Adventures
541-830-3388 or 800-227-7741
www.arrowheadadventures.com
Carbone's Flyfishing Guide Service
541-416-9191
http://www.carbonesflyfishing.com/
Service Creek Stage Stop
541-468-3331
www.servicecreek.com
Oregon Whitewater Adventures
541-746-5422
www.oregonwhitewater.com
Ouzel Holding Co., Inc
541-385-5947
www.oregonrafting.com
Cascadia Expeditions
503-728-8788
www.CascadiaExpeditions.com
John Hazel & Company
541-395-0995
www.deschutesangler.com
Trout Creek Outfitters
971-645-1098
Young Life's Washington Family Ranch
541-489-3100
Bischof's Flyfishing
541-977-2796
www.bischofsflyfishing.com

Authorized John Day River Boat Rental Outfitter

Service Creek Stage Stop
541-468-3331
www.servicecreek.com

Forms for Guides & Outfitters