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John Day River

Launch permits are unlimited in 2016. 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. Notice: Boaters launching at Cottonwood Bridge (J.S. Burres) will need to take-out at Rock Creek or McDonald Crossing as there is no road access to the river at Starvation Lane.

No Segment Limits for 2013 Season

Please Read: Updated Rules for 2013

Launch permits are required and issued on-line for all river segments year-round.

In 2013, unlimited launch permits will be available for all river segments. Launch limits will resume in 2014.

Due to anticipated crowding in 2013, please plan to find camps early in the day. Maintain adequate space between camps, and choose a site appropriate for your group size.

To be added to the John Day Boater email list, please send an email request to blm_or_pr_jdriver_study@blm.gov.

We appreciate your patience with the new permit system.

John Day River Staff