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U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT

John Day River

6/23/17: A wildfire is burning near Spring Basin Wilderness Area, upstream of Clarno. The fire is NOT expected to reach the river bank, but please stay away from helicopters dipping water from the river. 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.

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