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John Day River

4/18 - Launch permits are required for all river segments. A non-refundable launch fee applies to trips entering the Wild and Scenic River section (Service Creek to Tumwater Falls) between May 20 & July 10 of $20 per overnight trip per group, or $10 per day-use trip per group. For more info see Permit Overview.

Permit Release Schedule

Limited permits will be released in two batches, on March 1 and May 1. Approximately one half of the launch permits available for each date during the high use season (May 20 to July 10) will be released on March 1 at 7 A.M. PST. The second half of the launch permits will be released on May 1 at 7 A.M. PST. Once all launch permits for a specific date have been issued, launch permits often become available closer to the trip date when:

  1. A trip leader cancels a permit
  2. BLM cancels a permit that was obtained by fraudulent means
  3. A permit is automatically re-deposited if not confirmed by the confirmation deadline; 10 days prior to the trip date

All permits are issued on-line as they become available. There is no lottery, no waiting list, and no permits are issued by phone.

View the limited seasons and segments