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U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT

John Day River

6/22/17: A wildfire is burning near Spring Basin Wilderness Area, upstream of Clarno. The fire has NOT reached 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.

Maps and Guidebooks

The following maps and guidebook may be ordered by phone from the BLM Prineville District Office at 541-416-6700. Visa/MC and debit cards accepted. (BLM, 3050 NE Third St, Prineville OR 97754)

Mainstem

  1. 2005 John Day River Recreation Guide ($6)

    Kimberly to Tumwater Falls Spiral-bound waterproof floater's guide. Highly recommended.

  2. Lower Deschutes & John Day Rivers ($10)

    Waterproof fold-out map covers the mainstream between Highway 26 and the Columbia River, including Service Creek to Cottonwood Bridge.

North Fork

  1. 2003 Umatilla National Forest ($9)

    Shows road access, land ownership, and topographic features. Does not denote River Miles or campsites.

  2. 2002 North Fork John Day River Interim BLM Access Map (free handout)

    Shows road access and land ownership. Does not denote River Mile or campsites.