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Oregon whitewater, Grande Ronde River

Union county, Riverside City Park to Elgin section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS I     32 miles
  The Riverside City Park to Elgin stretch of Grande Ronde River is 32 miles long and it is classified as a class I section by American Whitewater. The put-in is not too far from La Grande, as you can see on the road map further down. The rivers for whitewater rafting and kayaking in this state are often tougher than in other states, so you'd better keep in mind that quite a few of the sections here are not easy. Not too many hotels nearby,
    you'll have to drive a bit to get to one, but you'd better reserve in advance because these hotels fill up quick. There are plenty of other sections in this river system that can be paddled as well. There's camping available
near Grande Ronde River. The natural beauty of Union County and the water flowing gracefully down Grande Ronde River make the trip here worthwhile. A good workout and just being out on the river for a while will make you glad you came. A section like this is is of course not run in a single day, so better bring your camping gear along. You might be into whitewater rafting or kayaking or both, doesn't matter, in this general area you won't  
find many other paddling spots.

Briefly about the general area:
There is a great hiking trail in the vicinity of Grande Ronde River called the Hale Spring Trail, and you're sure to encounter some cheerful people from Imbler here. Spout Springs is a great local ski area; nearby you discover the Evans Trail which is a glorious hiking trail. This river has so much to offer. Grande Ronde River is pretty dry regularly. The month with most of the snow is January; the driest month is July. High temperatures at Grande Ronde River during the summer months are in the 80's, and all through the night it cools down to the 50's.

Grande Ronde River, Riverside City Park to Elgin road map
Printable road map with the put-in and take-out locations clearly marked.


Detailed Map

Stats for this river stretch

Local weather forecast

These outdoors activities are available near Grande Ronde River.
 Whitewater Near Grande Ronde River:
Whitewater Outfitter - TRT Raft Rental & Sales, Union County, 7 miles away
      Whitewater outfitter
Grande Ronde River, Union County, 7 miles away
      Class I - 32 miles long (Riverside City Park to Elgin)
Grande Ronde River, Union County, 7 miles away
      Class II-IV - 13 miles long (Elgin to Palmer Junction)
Grande Ronde River, Union County, 18 miles away
      Class II-IV - 9 miles long (Hilgard Junction State Park to Riverside City Park)
Grande Ronde River, Wallowa County, 19 miles away
      Class II-III - 46 miles long (Wallowa River to Grande Ronde River)
Grande Ronde River, Union County, 26 miles away
      Class II - 8 miles long (Red Bridge State Park to Hilgard Junction State Park)
 Ski Areas Near Grande Ronde River:
Spout Springs, Oregon , 16 miles away, 600 foot drop, 2 lifts, 14 runs
Anthony Lakes, Oregon , 29 miles away, 900 foot drop, 3 lifts, 21 runs
Bluewood, Washington , 32 miles away, 1125 foot drop, 3 lifts, 23 runs
 Hotels Near Grande Ronde River:
Best Western Plus Rama Inn & Suites, La Grande , 9 miles away
Super 8 LaGrande, La Grande , 9 miles away
Americas Best Value Sandman Inn, La Grande , 9 miles away
La Grande Travelodge, La Grande , 9 miles away
Rodeway Inn La Grande, La Grande , 10 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Grande Ronde River:
Hu-Na-Ha RV Park, Elgin, 7 miles away
Grandview Campground, Union County, 8 miles away
La Grande Rendezvous RV Resort, La Grande, 8 miles away
 Trails Near Grande Ronde River:
Hale Spring Trail, Union , 8 miles away,  2.4 hiking miles, 1734 feet elevation difference
Evans Trail, Union , 11 miles away, 4.7 hiking miles, 1956 feet elevation difference
Summit Mount Emily Trail, Union , 11 miles away, 6.3 hiking miles, 1892 feet elevation difference
Five Points Trail, Union , 12 miles away, 5.7 hiking miles, 2090 feet elevation difference
North Fork Trail, Umatilla , 18 miles away, 9 hiking miles, 2991 feet elevation difference
 Public Lands Near Grande Ronde River:
Hilgard Junction State Park, Oregon , 18 miles away
Minam State Recreation Area, Oregon , 19 miles away
Catherine Creek State Park, Oregon , 22 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Grande Ronde River:
Buffalo Peak Golf Course, Union , 15 miles away
La Grande Country Club, La Grande , 16 miles away

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