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U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT

John Day River

Launch permits are 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 and you will lose any payment made. Please check your Permit Reservation email for your confirmation deadline.

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.