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Oregon whitewater, Grande Ronde River

Union county, Elgin to Palmer Junction section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.

 

CLASS II-IV     13 miles
  The beautiful scenery of Union County and the cool fresh water beats anything. This stretch of Grande Ronde River in Union County is 13 miles long and has been determined by American Whitewater to be a class II-IV section. If you're coming from La Grande it's not a long drive at all to the put-in location, there's a road map further down the page with more info on that. If you're a camper you can camp at one of the great campgrounds nearby.
    This stretch has enough mileage for an overnight trip, so pack your camp stove. There arenít any hotels right nearby but if you're willing to drive a short distance then no problem and if you make reservations in advance
you're all set. Whitewater rafting and kayaking in this state is often more difficult than elsewhere, so better not forget that many of the rivers here are not very forgiving. This is not the only paddling section in this river system, there are others too. Since you're on this site you are probably into whitewater rafting or kayaking, either way this area has a pretty small number of paddling spots.

Briefly about the general area:
 
The beauty of mother nature reveals herself at Andys Rapids; Boly Bluff is an out of the ordinary place to take a look at while at Grande Ronde River. Here at Grande Ronde River you'll probably meet some people from Elgin; the slopes of Spout Springs are so inviting noone can resist. The surroundings of this river have so much to offer. Minam State Recreation Area is worth stopping at if you're at Grande Ronde River. For the duration of the days of summer, highs ordinarily are in the 80's at Grande Ronde River, and all through summer nights temperatures are in the 40's. For the period of the winter the highs are ordinarily in the 30's while the cold winter nights at Grande Ronde River are in the 20's.

Grande Ronde River, Elgin to Palmer Junction 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-IV - 13 miles long (Elgin to Palmer Junction)
Whitewater Outfitter - TRT Raft Rental & Sales, Union County, 5 miles away
      Whitewater outfitter
Grande Ronde River, Wallowa County, 10 miles away
      Class II-III - 46 miles long (Wallowa River to Grande Ronde River)
Grande Ronde River, Union County, 19 miles away
      Class I - 32 miles long (Riverside City Park to Elgin)
Grande Ronde River, Union County, 28 miles away
      Class II-IV - 9 miles long (Hilgard Junction State Park to Riverside City Park)
 Ski Areas Near Grande Ronde River:
Spout Springs, Oregon , 13 miles away, 600 foot drop, 2 lifts, 14 runs
Bluewood, Washington , 22 miles away, 1125 foot drop, 3 lifts, 23 runs
Anthony Lakes, Oregon , 41 miles away, 900 foot drop, 3 lifts, 21 runs
 Hotels Near Grande Ronde River:
BEST WESTERN PLUS Rama Inn & Suites, La Grande , 20 miles away
Super 8 LaGrande, La Grande , 20 miles away
Americas Best Value Sandman Inn, La Grande , 20 miles away
La Grande Travelodge, La Grande , 21 miles away
Rodeway Inn La Grande, La Grande , 21 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Grande Ronde River:
Hu-Na-Ha RV Park, Elgin, 4 miles away
Minam State Recreation Area, Elgin, 11 miles away
Timothy Spring Campground, Wallowa County, 11 miles away
 Trails Near Grande Ronde River:
Hale Spring Trail, Union , 16 miles away,  2.4 hiking miles, 1734 feet elevation difference
Cougar Ridge Trail, Wallowa , 17 miles away, 5.2 hiking miles, 3577 feet elevation difference
Slick Ear Trail, Columbia , 17 miles away,  19.4 hiking miles, 2581 feet elevation difference
Dexter Ridge Trail, Columbia , 17 miles away,  23 hiking miles, 3441 feet elevation difference
Rock Spring Trail, Union , 17 miles away,  5.6 hiking miles, 2858 feet elevation difference
Sawtooth Trail, Columbia , 17 miles away, 13.3 hiking miles, 3580 feet elevation difference
North Fork Trail, Umatilla , 18 miles away, 9 hiking miles, 2991 feet elevation difference
 Public Lands Near Grande Ronde River:
Minam State Recreation Area, Oregon , 10 miles away
Umatilla National Forest, Oregon , 17 miles away
Catherine Creek State Park, Oregon , 25 miles away

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