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Oregon whitewater, John Day River - North Fork

Grant Umatilla county, Route 52 Bridge to Dale section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.

 

CLASS II-III     41 miles
  If you're coming from Pendleton-Hermiston it's not a long drive at all to the put-in location, if you're not familiar with the area there's a road map further down the page. The natural beauty of Oregon and the sparkling of the sunlight on the water are in themselves reasons enough to come here to paddle. The Route 52 Bridge to Dale stretch of John Day River - North Fork is 41 miles long and is a class II-III section of whitewater according
    to American Whitewater. Whether you're whitewater rafting or kayaking there are not so many other good rivers for that around here. A stretch of this length does require some preparations, so it looks like you will be camping
out. If you've been out of state whitewater rafting and kayaking you might find the rivers here more demanding, so you'd better keep in mind that a large number of rivers in this state are not easy. Getting your paddling muscles activated and a chance to spend some time outdoors have a lot of people coming here. You might have to settle for a hotel a bit away from the river if you want to stay the night, but if you donít have reservations  
you might end up sleeping in your car. There are a few other sections in this river system that can be paddled as well. You can pitch a tent or park your RV at a nearby campground. The beautiful Blue Mountains scenery is an added bonus.

Briefly about the general area:
Good hiking is available along the Cougar Creek Trail, and there's perfect hiking along the Kelsay Butte Trail. You'll truly wish for more hours in a day to enjoy all the entertaining things in the Blue Mountains. Not much rainfall falls here at John Day River - North Fork. The wettest month of the year is ordinarily November, that's the one that rains the most; the driest month of the year is July.

John Day River - North Fork, Route 52 Bridge to Dale 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 - North Fork.
 Whitewater Near John Day River - North Fork:
John Day River - North Fork, Grant/ Umatilla County, 19 miles away
      Class II-III - 41 miles long (Route 52 Bridge to Dale)
John Day River - North Fork, Grant County, 19 miles away
      Class II - 44 miles long (Dale to Monument)
Grande Ronde River, Union County, 21 miles away
      Class II-IV - 17 miles long (Tony Vey Meadow to Red Bridge State Park)
Grande Ronde River, Union County, 28 miles away
      Class II - 8 miles long (Red Bridge State Park to Hilgard Junction State Park)
 Ski Areas Near John Day River - North Fork:
Anthony Lakes, Oregon , 30 miles away, 900 foot drop, 3 lifts, 21 runs
Spout Springs, Oregon , 58 miles away, 600 foot drop, 2 lifts, 14 runs
Bluewood, Washington , 79 miles away, 1125 foot drop, 3 lifts, 23 runs
 Hotels Near John Day River - North Fork:
Rugged Country Lodge, Pendleton , 32 miles away
BEST WESTERN John Day Inn, John Day , 33 miles away
Americas Best Value Inn John Day, John Day , 33 miles away
Holiday Inn Express PENDLETON, Pendleton , 35 miles away
Super 8 Pendleton, Pendleton , 35 miles away
 Campgrounds Near John Day River - North Fork:
Winom Creek, Ukiah, 3 miles away
Oriental, Ukiah, 4 miles away
Big Creek Meadows, Ukiah, 5 miles away
 Trails Near John Day River - North Fork:
Cougar Creek Trail, Grant , 1 miles away,  13 hiking miles, 2106 feet elevation difference
Kelsay Butte Trail, Grant , 2 miles away,  7 hiking miles, 884 feet elevation difference
Corral Creek Trail, Grant , 3 miles away, 7.3 hiking miles, 2646 feet elevation difference
Basin Creek Trail, Grant , 3 miles away,  5.8 hiking miles, 622 feet elevation difference
Pearson Trail, Umatilla , 3 miles away, 5.5 hiking miles, 926 feet elevation difference
Old Desolation Driveway Trail, Grant , 3 miles away, 3.1 hiking miles, 2238 feet elevation difference
Glade Creek Trail, Grant , 4 miles away,  13.6 hiking miles, 2882 feet elevation difference
 Public Lands Near John Day River - North Fork:
John Day Fossil Beds National Monument, Kimberly - OR , 64 miles away
Red Bridge State Park, Oregon , 29 miles away
Hilgard Junction State Park, Oregon , 36 miles away

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