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U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT

John Day River

Launch permits will be unlimited in 2015. An on-line launch permit is required and available here to float all sections of the Mainstem and North Fork John Day River year-round. Attention: You must Confirm Your Permit or it will automatically cancel. Check your Reservation Email for your confirmation deadline.

Limited Seasons and Segments

Notice: For 2015, all river segments and launch dates are unlimited.

Launch limits are designed to reduce crowding and ensure that overnight boating groups are able to find a suitable campsite on public land each night of their trip.

Permits are limited in Segments 2 and 3 between May 20 and July10, for both day and overnight trips. Limits apply to trips launching between Service Creek and Cottonwood, or floating past Service Creek from upstream within this date range

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