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Oregon whitewater, John Day River

Wasco Wheeler Sherman Gilliam county, Clarno to Cottonwood section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS II-III     69 miles
  The put-in is not too far from City of The Dalles, there's a road map further down the page with more info on that. The Clarno to Cottonwood stretch of John Day River in Wasco / Wheeler / Sherman / Gilliam County is 69 miles long and has been rated as a class II-III section by American Whitewater. The wonderful Oregon scenery and the cool fresh water are reasons enough to come here and paddle. Getting a good workout and just hanging out
    with mother nature are sure to keep you coming back for more. The campgrounds here at John Day River are pretty good. A section like this is is of course not run in a single day, so better bring your camping gear along.
The average Oregon whitewater rafting or kayaking river tends to be harder to run than those in other states, so don't forget that many of the sections here are not safe for beginners. There arenít any hotels right nearby but if you're willing to drive a short distance then no problem but do book a room before you come because it is a very popular destination. Some people prefer whitewater rafting and some kayaking, either way around here  
you won't find a large number of other rivers. The Clarno to Cottonwood section is one of a few paddling sections in this river system.

Briefly about the general area:
John Day River is near Crazy Hollow which is absolutely worth checking out. Schilling Spring is a stunning place to stop by while you're at John Day River. It is very dried out here at John Day River usually. December is the month that gets the most snow while July is mostly the driest month. During the months of summer here at John Day River, high temperatures ordinarily get into the 80's. Summer nighttime lows dip down to the 50's.

John Day River, Clarno to Cottonwood 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 John Day River.
 Whitewater Near John Day River:
John Day River, Wasco / Wheeler / Sherman / Gilliam County, 14 miles away
      Class II-III - 69 miles long (Clarno to Cottonwood)
 Ski Areas Near John Day River:
Cooper Spur, Oregon , 79 miles away, 500 foot drop, 2 lifts, 10 runs
Mt. Hood Meadows, Oregon , 83 miles away, 2777 foot drop, 12 lifts, 87 runs
Timberline Lodge, Oregon , 86 miles away, 3590 foot drop, 6 lifts, 32 runs
Mt. Hood Ski Bowl, Oregon , 89 miles away, 1500 foot drop, 9 lifts, 65 runs
White Pass, Washington , 95 miles away, 1500 foot drop, 6 lifts, 32 runs
 Hotels Near John Day River:
Rodeway Inn Arlington, Arlington , 31 miles away
Quality Inn & Suites, Goldendale , 38 miles away
 Campgrounds Near John Day River:
Cottonwood Canyon State Park - Lone Tree, Wasco, 14 miles away
 Public Lands Near John Day River:
John Day Fossil Beds National Monument, Kimberly - OR , 66 miles away
Maryhill State Park, Washington , 34 miles away
Brooks Memorial State Park, Washington , 39 miles away
White River Falls State Park, Oregon , 40 miles away
 Golf Courses Near John Day River:
Condon Golf Course, Condon , 19 miles away

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