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U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT

John Day River

4/17/2014 - Launch permits are required for all segments. A non-refundable launch fee applies to trips entering Service Creek to Tumwater Falls between May 20 & July 10 of $20 per overnight trip per group, or $10 per day-use trip per group. For more info see Permit Overview.

Permit Overview

AN ON-LINE LAUNCH PERMIT IS REQUIRED FOR ALL TRIPS.

General Permit Information

  • An online launch permit is required and available HERE to boat all river segments year-round on the mainstem John Day downstream of Kimberly, and the North Fork downstream of Dale.
  • For 2014, all river segments and launch dates are unlimited.  Permits to launch between May 20 & July 10 in Segments 1, 2 & 3 will be available in April.
  • In 2014, a non-refundable launch fee is due when a permit reservation is made for trips entering the Wild and Scenic River section (Service Creek to Tumwater Falls; Segments 1-3) between May 20 and July 10.  The fee is $20 per overnight trip per group, and $10 per day-use trip per group.  All fees collected will be used directly on the river to help keep launch sites and river campsites clean.
  • One launch permit is issued per group, with a maximum group size of 16 persons.
  • Each permit authorizes the trip leader to launch on a specific date in a specific river segment; once a permit is reserved, dates and segments are not changeable.
  • A trip leader may list one alternate trip leader at the time of reservation.
  • The trip leader or alternate is required to be present on the entire trip and may be requested to show permit and photo ID during the trip.
  • Each person may be named as a trip leader or an alternate trip leader on a maximum of one overnight and three day-use permits at a time.
  • The minimum age for a trip leader or alternate trip leader is 13 years.
  • All permits are issued on-line as they become available; there is no lottery, no waiting list, and no permits are issued by phone. For assistance please click here to contact the Prineville BLM or call 541-416-6700.

Permit Exceptions:

  • A launch permit and fee are not required when boating a distance of less than 100 yards upstream or downstream of the launch point, or to cross the river to the opposite bank.
  • Priest Hole Exception:  For short day-trips taking place completely within Priest Hole Recreation Site (a distance of one mile between River Mile 136.5 and 137.5), free unlimited self-issue paper permits may be obtained at Priest Hole.

To get at permit you will need:

  • Desired launch point and launch date
  • Desired take-out point and date
  • Name, address, and birthdate of trip leader and alternate (if listing an alternate)
  • Vehicle license plate number at take-out (may be updated at the launch)
  • Credit Card to pay launch fee

How to get a permit:

Notice: For 2014, all river segments and launch dates are unlimited.


See map

Limited Seasons and Segments

NORMALLY, PERMITS ARE LIMITED TO LAUNCH:


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Unlimited Seasons and Segments

NORMALLY, PERMITS ARE UNLIMITED TO LAUNCH:

  • July 11 to May 19 in Segment 2 and 3 (between Service Creek and Cottonwood)
  • Year-round in Segment 1 (downstream of Cottonwood), and Segment 4 (upstream of Service Creek)
  • Year-round on all segments of the North Fork John Day River
  • Year-round for short day-trips taking place completely within Priest Hole Recreation Site (a distance of one mile between River Mile 136.5 and 137.5). Self-issue permits are obtained on-site at Priest Hole