North Fork John Day River/John Day River Monument to Service Creek

Spray, Oregon

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This trip follows the North Fork of the John Day River downstream for 16.5 miles from Monument to the fork’s confluence with the main John Day River near Kimberly. The river then continues as the main John Day to Spray and Service Creek. Oregon 19 and the Kimberly–Long Creek Highway follow the river closely for the entire distance. The river valley alternates between broad farmland terraces and steep canyons. Campsites are rare, with little public land along the river. Numerous launch points and class 1+ rapids make this an ideal stretch for beginning boaters looking for a day-trip. Character: farmland; desert canyon.
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)

This trip follows the North Fork of the John Day River downstream for 16.5 miles from Monument to the fork’s confluence with the main John Day River near Kimberly. The river then continues as the main John Day to Spray and Service Creek. Oregon 19 and the Kimberly–Long Creek Highway follow the river closely for the entire distance.

The river valley alternates between broad farmland terraces and steep canyons. Campsites are rare, with little public land along the river. Numerous launch points and class 1+ rapids make this an ideal stretch for beginning boaters looking for a day-trip. Character: farmland; desert canyon.

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

Activity Type: Whitewater Kayaking & Canoeing
Nearby City: Spray
Distance: 43
Class: Class I-II
Season: Best during snowmelt season; Flow: 1000–3000 cfs
Driving Directions: Directions to North Fork John Day River/John Day River: Monument to Service Creek

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