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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.

Limited Seasons and Segments

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

Segment 2
All trips launching from Clarno or Thirtymile
9
Segment 3A
Overnight trips launching from Muleshoe or Service Creek
9
Segment 3B
Overnight trips launching from Twickenham, Priest Hole or Lower Burnt Ranch
10
Segment 3
Day-Use trips launching between Muleshoe and Clarno
24

Priest Hole Exception: For short day-trips taking place completely within Priest Hole Recreation Site (a distance of one mile between River Mile 136.5 and 137.5), self-issue permits are unlimited and may be obtained at Priest Hole.

View the permit release schedule