Grande Ronde River Tony Vey Meadows to Red Bridge State Park

la Grande, Oregon

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The put-in is near an old dam at the edge of Tony Vey Meadows, though the 8 miles above Tony Vey Meadows also provide an easy and attractive float for boaters and anglers. The river meanders through meadowlands in cattle country, with a potential hazard of barbed-wire fences across the river. The river changes character abruptly after Tony Vey Meadows and quickly becomes narrow, rocky, and swift. Fairly steep, well-timbered slopes and generally dense streamside vegetation border this section. Several campgrounds and picnic sites afford comfortable rest stops. The Stygian Steps are a series of drops that require scouting from the road during the shuttle, about 3.5 miles upstream from Utopia Campground. On the river, they are about 0.3 mile below the River Picnic Site. Character: forested.
Soggy Sneakers: A Paddler's Guide to Oregon's Rivers

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Soggy Sneakers: A Paddler's Guide to Oregon's Rivers

by Pete Giordano & the Willamette Kayak and Canoe Club (The Mountaineers Books)

The put-in is near an old dam at the edge of Tony Vey Meadows, though the 8 miles above Tony Vey Meadows also provide an easy and attractive float for boaters and anglers. The river meanders through meadowlands in cattle country, with a potential hazard of barbed-wire fences across the river. The river changes character abruptly after Tony Vey Meadows and quickly becomes narrow, rocky, and swift.

Fairly steep, well-timbered slopes and generally dense streamside vegetation border this section. Several campgrounds and picnic sites afford comfortable rest stops. The Stygian Steps are a series of drops that require scouting from the road during the shuttle, about 3.5 miles upstream from Utopia Campground. On the river, they are about 0.3 mile below the River Picnic Site. Character: forested.

©  Pete Giordano & the Willamette Kayak and Canoe Club/The Mountaineers Books. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Whitewater Kayaking & Canoeing
Nearby City: la Grande
Distance: 17
Class: Class III-IV
Season: Best during snowmelt season; Flow: 250–800 cfs
Driving Directions: Directions to Grande Ronde River: Tony Vey Meadows to Red Bridge State Park

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May 2018