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Oregon whitewater, John Day River

Wheeler Jefferson Wasco county, Service Creek to Clarno section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.

 

CLASS II     47 miles
  The put-in location is a short drive from Prineville, as you can see on the road map further down. This section of John Day River is 47 miles long and is rated by American Whitewater as a class II section. There are some good stretches to paddle in this river system, the Service Creek to Clarno stretch is one of them. Whitewater rafting and kayaking in Oregon is often tougher than elsewhere, so keep in mind that many of the rivers here are
    not very forgiving. Now this is a pretty long section, perfect for a real wilderness adventure. For all you camping people there are campgrounds nearby. The nearby hotels are a bit away from the river, and if you make reservations
in advance you're all set. Since you're on this site you are probably into whitewater rafting or kayaking, either way in this general area you won't find many other paddling rivers. The nature scenery of Wheeler/ Jefferson/ Wasco County and the water flowing gracefully down John Day River have people coming here.

Briefly about the general area:
Near John Day River you discover Old Mill Canyon which is a great spot to go to; you're
 
sure to stumble upon some good people from Fossil here. Mathieson Spring is always fun to check out. For the period of the summertime, highs generally are in the 80's at John Day River, and during summer nights temperatures are in the 40's. The wintertime comes with highs in the 40's while John Day River nighttime low temperatures all through the winter are in the 20's. John Day River is commonly a reasonably waterless place. The month with most of the rain is November; July is the month with the least moisture.

John Day River, Service Creek to Clarno 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 John Day River.
 Whitewater Near John Day River:
John Day River, Wasco / Wheeler / Sherman / Gilliam County, 16 miles away
      Class II-III - 69 miles long (Clarno to Cottonwood)
John Day River, Wheeler/ Jefferson/ Wasco County, 16 miles away
      Class II - 47 miles long (Service Creek to Clarno)
 Ski Areas Near John Day River:
Cooper Spur, Oregon , 99 miles away, 500 foot drop, 2 lifts, 10 runs
 Hotels Near John Day River:
Rodeway Inn Arlington, Arlington , 42 miles away
BEST WESTERN Prineville Inn, Prineville , 49 miles away
 Campgrounds Near John Day River:
Priest Hole, Fossil, 6 miles away
Wheeler Co Fairgrounds, Fossil, 7 miles away
Stovepipe Springs State Park, Fossil, 8 miles away
 Public Lands Near John Day River:
John Day Fossil Beds National Monument, Kimberly - OR , 46 miles away
Cline Falls State Park, Oregon , 27 miles away
Ochoco National Forest, Oregon , 33 miles away
 Golf Courses Near John Day River:
Kinzua Hills Golf Club, Fossil , 10 miles away
Condon Golf Course, Condon , 19 miles away

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