JOHN DAY RIVER RAFTING TRIPS

The Longest Free Flowing River in the Pacific Northwest

For the adventurous, come and enjoy one of the Northwest’s longest free flowing rivers where your sights will be filled with exceptionally scenic canyons, colorful rock formations and mesmerizing basalt formations.

GENERAL INFORMATION

We offer unforgettable whitewater river rafting, scenic floats & custom fishing drift boat trips. Each rafting trip on the John Day River is carefully geared to meet your level of experience and sense of adventure that will allow you to experience the fast-paced action packed adventure and thrills of river rafting.

All of our guides are highly trained, experienced paddlers; registered with the state; and are knowledgeable and conversant on the river’s history, flora, and fauna.

HOW TO GET THERE

Driving to Clarno via Interstate 84 to Biggs Junction takes about 1.5 hours. From Biggs, travel Highway 97 south to Shaniko. Go south on Highway 218 through the small community Antelope. Clarno Bridge is 14.8 miles from the community of Antelope on Highway 218.

DIFFICULTY LEVEL

The difficulty of rapids varies with river flow level. Prior whitewater boating skills are necessary to navigate all sections of the river. The most popular multi-day float trips are:

  • Service Creek to Clarno
    Class II-III – 48 miles, average trip length = 3 days
  • Clarno to Cottonwood
    Class II-III (Clarno Rapid III) – 70 miles, average trip length = 5 days

JOHN DAY RIVER PACKING LIST

Suggested Personal Equipment Owyhee River

  • Water Repellent Duffel Bag
  • Warm Coat & Sun Hat
  • Personal Toilet Articles & Towel
  • Light Hiking Boots, Sandals, or Tennis Shoes
  • Light Sleeping Bag (Sleeping Pad & Cot Furnished)
  • A small pillow
  • Rain Suit (2 Piece Mandatory)
  • Two Changes of Light Clothing
  • Swim Suit and Shorts
  • Small Flashlight
  • Dark Glasses and Sunscreen
  • Camera (Check Batteries)
  • Binoculars Optional
  • Water Bottle
  • Social Beverages and Mix
  • Fishing License (5 Day, we do not fish day 6)
  • 3 or 4 Weight Rod if you are bringing your own
  • Insect Repellent
  • Total Weight not to exceed 30 Lbs per person
  • Pack a small waterproof day pack for your boat. Each boat carries water and cold drinks

We Provide:

  • Fishing Tackle Furnished
  • Folding Chairs and eating tables
  • Deluxe tents, cots, and sleeping pads are furnished

DO NOT BRING

  • Waders, hip boots, firearms, electronics, fireworks, or expensive jewelry

Gratuities average 15%.

CAMPING & LODGING RESOURCES

  • Hotel Condon – Surrounded by entertaining attractions such as great golf and the Fossil Beds.
  • Wilson Ranches Retreat – An Oregon Bed and Breakfast that takes you off the beaten track to a rustic hideout.

RATES

A Privilege

It would be a privilege and a huge joy to get to fish again with such a competent guide and such a nice person. That day with you is still vivid in my memories and will sustain me through many...MORE »

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A Fabulous Trip

Many thanks for a fabulous trip down the Middle Fork of the Salmon. You are the best - everything was perfectly run and coordinated. Food, fishing, guiding, accommodations - everything was spectacular! I hope we will have a chance to...MORE »

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