North Fork John Day River

Area Status: Open
This area is Open

The North Fork John Day River means a lot of things to a lot of people. It is designated as a National Wild and Scenic River for its outstandingly remarkable values of scenery, historic, recreation, fisheries, and wildlife. It also flows through the heart of the North Fork John Day Wilderness. This section of the North Fork John Day River marks the transition between the foothills of the Blue Mountains and the high desert typical of eastern Oregon. The river winds through densely forested canyons and open stands of ponderosa pine and little evidence of civilization. At the turn of the century, the entire river valley was marked by gold mines and dredging operations. Miner's cabins and tailings are still seen today. Wildflowers are abundant in the spring and wildlife viewing is good year-round. There are 4 developed campgrounds and numerous dispersed campsites along the river corridor.With the fall comes big game and game bird hunting. Opportunities abound for everyone!

At a Glance

Current Conditions: Swift waters, use with caution
Open Season: Late May
Closest Towns: Dale, ORMonument, OR

General Information

Directions: There are several put-ins near Dale. To reach Dale, take highway 395 either south from I-84 at Pendleton or north from Highway 26 at Mt. Vernon. There are a few campgrounds located near Dale. To reach the take-out, follow Highway 395 south for 26 miles to the town of Long Creek, then turn west to Monument and travel another 21 miles. Take-out is near the bridge in Monument.



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  Area/Length : 
40 miles