Grande Ronde River Above Starkey to Snake River

La Grande, Oregon

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The Grande Ronde River begins in the Elkhorn Mountains and flows more than 185 miles to the Snake River. It begins as a mountain stream and ends by making a large-volume contribution to the Snake in southeastern Washington. Most of the Grand Ronde is lazy Class I and II water, passing through isolated areas. Scenery changes from forested hills with jagged basalt and thick undergrowth to the open Grande Ronde Valley. The river then flows into a steep-walled canyon through stepped foothills of the Wallowa mountains and ends in a desert.

Grande Ronde River: Above Starkey to Snake River Professional Review and Guide

"The Grande Ronde River begins in the Elkhorn Mountains and flows more than 185 miles to the Snake River. It begins as a mountain stream and ends by making a large-volume contribution to the Snake in southeastern Washington.

Most of the Grand Ronde is lazy Class I and II water, passing through isolated areas. Scenery changes from forested hills with jagged basalt and thick undergrowth to the open Grande Ronde Valley. The river then flows into a steep-walled canyon through stepped foothills of the Wallowa mountains and ends in a desert."

Activity Type: Whitewater Kayaking & Canoeing
Nearby City: La Grande
Distance: 180
Elevation Loss: 2,600 feet
Skill Level: Easy to Moderate
Class: Class I-III
Season: October through July
Local Contacts: Oregon Bureau of Land Management, 503-952-6001; Oregon River Levels, 503-261-9246
Driving Directions: Directions to Grande Ronde River: Above Starkey to Snake River

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May 2018