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U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT

John Day River

Due to low water, vehicle access to the river at Starvation Lane is closed until the fall by Oregon State Parks. 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.

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