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Oregon whitewater, Grande Ronde River

Union county, Red Bridge State Park to Hilgard Junction State Park section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.

 

CLASS II     8 miles
  The put-in location is a short drive from La Grande, please print out a copy of the road map further down the page so you won’t get lost. The scenic beauty of Oregon and the beautiful way the water current moves down the stream have people coming here. The Red Bridge State Park to Hilgard Junction State Park stretch of Grande Ronde River in Oregon is 8 miles long and has been rated as a class II section by American Whitewater. If you've
    been whitewater rafting and kayaking outside Oregon you might find the rivers here a bit more challenging, so keep in mind that a lot of the rivers here are not suitable for beginners. Getting your paddling muscles activated
and just hanging out with mother nature are great attractions for lots of people. Some people prefer whitewater rafting and some kayaking, either way this is an area with plenty of rivers for that. The campgrounds here at Grande Ronde River are pretty good. This river system is full of great paddling stretches, the Red Bridge State Park to Hilgard Junction State Park stretch is just one of them. This is a pretty decent length section, suitable  
for an afternoon trip. Whitewater paddling here in the Blue Mountains is a great experience. You might have to settle for a hotel a bit away from the river if you want to stay the night, and if you make reservations in advance you're all set.

Briefly about the general area:
A spree to Hilgard Junction State Park rejuvenates the soul, and you can have a pleasant hiking adventure along the Marion Jordan Trail. And that's not everything there is to do here in the Blue Mountains. Red Bridge State Park is a magnificent spot to go to; hiking along the Hoodoo Trail is tremendous fun.

Grande Ronde River, Red Bridge State Park to Hilgard Junction 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, 4 miles away
      Class II - 8 miles long (Red Bridge State Park to Hilgard Junction State Park)
Grande Ronde River, Union County, 4 miles away
      Class II-IV - 9 miles long (Hilgard Junction State Park to Riverside City Park)
Grande Ronde River, Union County, 12 miles away
      Class II-IV - 17 miles long (Tony Vey Meadow to Red Bridge State Park)
Grande Ronde River, Union County, 16 miles away
      Class I - 32 miles long (Riverside City Park to Elgin)
John Day River - North Fork, Grant/ Umatilla County, 21 miles away
      Class II-III - 41 miles long (Route 52 Bridge to Dale)
Whitewater Outfitter - TRT Raft Rental & Sales, Union County, 28 miles away
      Whitewater outfitter
Grande Ronde River, Union County, 28 miles away
      Class II-IV - 13 miles long (Elgin to Palmer Junction)
 Ski Areas Near Grande Ronde River:
Anthony Lakes, Oregon , 18 miles away, 900 foot drop, 3 lifts, 21 runs
Spout Springs, Oregon , 27 miles away, 600 foot drop, 2 lifts, 14 runs
Bluewood, Washington , 48 miles away, 1125 foot drop, 3 lifts, 23 runs
 Hotels Near Grande Ronde River:
Rodeway Inn La Grande, La Grande , 13 miles away
La Grande Travelodge, La Grande , 14 miles away
Super 8 LaGrande, La Grande , 15 miles away
Americas Best Value Sandman Inn, La Grande , 15 miles away
BEST WESTERN PLUS Rama Inn & Suites, La Grande , 15 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Grande Ronde River:
Birdtrack Springs, Meacham, 2 miles away
Spring Creek, Meacham, 3 miles away
Red Bridge State Park, Meacham, 3 miles away
 Trails Near Grande Ronde River:
Hoodoo Trail, Union , 8 miles away,  4.6 hiking miles, 708 feet elevation difference
Marion Jordan Trail, Union , 9 miles away,  5.2 hiking miles, 1298 feet elevation difference
Park Saddle Trail, Union , 9 miles away, 7.4 hiking miles, 1154 feet elevation difference
Little Dark Canyon Trail, Union , 9 miles away,  4 hiking miles, 219 feet elevation difference
Antler Spring Trail, Union , 11 miles away, 2.6 hiking miles, 339 feet elevation difference
Evans Trail, Union , 11 miles away, 4.7 hiking miles, 1956 feet elevation difference
Boulevard Trail, Union , 11 miles away, 6.1 hiking miles, 1596 feet elevation difference
 Public Lands Near Grande Ronde River:
Red Bridge State Park, Oregon , 3 miles away
Hilgard Junction State Park, Oregon , 4 miles away
Catherine Creek State Park, Oregon , 39 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Grande Ronde River:
La Grande Country Club, La Grande , 6 miles away

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