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U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT

John Day River

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. Launch permits will be unlimited in 2017. Permits for trips launching through April 30 will be available January 1. Permits for trips launching May 1 or later will be available March 1.

Motorized Boating Regulations

The table shows the type of watercraft and where and when they may be used.
Personal watercraft (Jet-Skis and similar boats) are permitted on the John Day River downstream of Tumwater Falls only.
  Upstream of Service Creek (Seg 4) Service Creek to Clarno (Seg 3) Clarno to Cottonwood (Seg 2) Cottonwood to Tumwater Falls* (Seg 1)
Non-Motorized Boats Open Open Open Open
Electric Motors (40 lbs. thrust or less) Open Open Closed Open
Oct 1 - April 30
Motorized Watercraft Open Open
Oct 1 - April 30
Closed Open
Oct 1 - April 30
* John Day (McDonald) Crossing is the last public take-out before Tumwater Falls.