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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.

Permit Release Schedule

Notice: For 2016, all river segments and launch dates are unlimited. An on-line launch permit is still required.

2017 Permit release dates have not yet been scheduled. Advance notice about 2017 release dates will be sent by email to those who have created a customer account. To create a customer account, select "Create Account" from the green bar above. Once all launch permits for a specific date are 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