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Oregon whitewater, Grande Ronde River

Union county, Tony Vey Meadow to Red Bridge State Park section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.

 

CLASS II-IV     17 miles
  This section of Grande Ronde River in Union County is 17 miles long and is rated by American Whitewater as a class II-IV section. If you're coming from La Grande it's not a long drive at all to the starting location, there's a road map further down the page with more info on that. There arenít any hotels right nearby but if you're willing to drive a short distance then no problem but you'd better reserve in advance because these hotels fill
    up quick. And of course, there are campgrounds nearby. If you have the time you can make this a two day trip, so go ahead and pack your camping stuff. This is not the only paddling stretch in this river system, there are
others too. The beautiful scenery of Oregon and the sparkling of the sunlight on the water attract people from near and far. The average Oregon whitewater rafting or kayaking river tends to be a bit harder to master than those in other states, so if you're not from around here don't forget that the rivers in this state are less manageable. Since you're on this site you are probably into whitewater rafting or kayaking, either way this is  
an area with not too many other spots for that. Getting a good workout and just being out on the river for a while have a lot of people coming here. The Blue Mountains scenery is wonderful.

Briefly about the general area:
Hilgard Junction State Park is a delightful place any time of year, and why not take a refreshing hike along the Hoodoo Trail. So many entertaining things in the Blue Mountains, just remarkable. Red Bridge State Park is a tremendous place to stretch your legs a bit, and do take a hike on the Park Saddle Trail. This river is so great. A spree to Grande Ronde River wouldn't be complete without taking a look at Sheep Camp Spring.

Grande Ronde River, Tony Vey Meadow to Red Bridge State Park road map
Printable road map with the put-in and take-out locations clearly marked.

   

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OUTDOORS
These outdoors activities are available near Grande Ronde River.
 Whitewater Near Grande Ronde River:
Grande Ronde River, Union County, 5 miles away
      Class II-IV - 17 miles long (Tony Vey Meadow to Red Bridge State Park)
Grande Ronde River, Union County, 5 miles away
      Class II - 8 miles long (Red Bridge State Park to Hilgard Junction State Park)
Grande Ronde River, Union County, 11 miles away
      Class II-IV - 9 miles long (Hilgard Junction State Park to Riverside City Park)
John Day River - North Fork, Grant/ Umatilla County, 14 miles away
      Class II-III - 41 miles long (Route 52 Bridge to Dale)
Grande Ronde River, Union County, 23 miles away
      Class I - 32 miles long (Riverside City Park to Elgin)
 Ski Areas Near Grande Ronde River:
Anthony Lakes, Oregon , 14 miles away, 900 foot drop, 3 lifts, 21 runs
Spout Springs, Oregon , 35 miles away, 600 foot drop, 2 lifts, 14 runs
Bluewood, Washington , 56 miles away, 1125 foot drop, 3 lifts, 23 runs
 Hotels Near Grande Ronde River:
Rodeway Inn La Grande, La Grande , 19 miles away
La Grande Travelodge, La Grande , 20 miles away
Super 8 LaGrande, La Grande , 21 miles away
Americas Best Value Sandman Inn, La Grande , 21 miles away
BEST WESTERN PLUS Rama Inn & Suites, La Grande , 21 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Grande Ronde River:
Time and a Half Campground, Union County, 2 miles away
Spool Cart, Meacham, 2 miles away
Park Saddle Camp, Meacham, 3 miles away
 Trails Near Grande Ronde River:
Hoodoo Trail, Union , 7 miles away,  4.6 hiking miles, 708 feet elevation difference
Park Saddle Trail, Union , 7 miles away, 7.4 hiking miles, 1154 feet elevation difference
Little Dark Canyon Trail, Union , 8 miles away,  4 hiking miles, 219 feet elevation difference
Marion Jordan Trail, Union , 8 miles away,  5.2 hiking miles, 1298 feet elevation difference
Antler Spring Trail, Union , 10 miles away, 2.6 hiking miles, 339 feet elevation difference
Boulevard Trail, Union , 12 miles away, 6.1 hiking miles, 1596 feet elevation difference
Beatty Creek Trail, Union , 13 miles away, 4 hiking miles, 490 feet elevation difference
 Public Lands Near Grande Ronde River:
Red Bridge State Park, Oregon , 5 miles away
Hilgard Junction State Park, Oregon , 12 miles away
Unity Lake State Park, Oregon , 36 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Grande Ronde River:
La Grande Country Club, La Grande , 13 miles away

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