John Day River Rafting

General Information
We offer unforgettable whitewater river rafting, scenic floats & custom fishing drift boat trips. Each rafting trip on the John Day River is carefully geared to meet your level of experience and sense of adventure that will allow you to experience the fast-paced action packed adventure and thrills of river rafting.

All of our guides are highly trained, experienced paddlers; registered with the state; and are knowledgeable and conversant on the river's history, flora, and fauna.

How to get there: Clarno/30 Mile to Cottonwood Bridge (3-4 nights camping) Driving to Clarno quickest via Interstate 84 to Biggs Junction. From there travel highway 97 south to Shaniko. Go south on 97 to Antelope, turn off highway 218. Clarno bridge is about 12 to 14 miles from the community of Antelope.

Pricing and Trip Packages For 2017: Contact us for additional information and schedule availability.

Three-day, two-night trip: $850.00

Four-day, three-night trip: $1125.00

Starting locations are pre-selected based upon the appropriate paddling skills and experience of our guests, and the time they have available.

Equipment: We provide all camping equipment, including food, tents, chairs, cots, sleeping pads, river running equipment and safety gear.

Camping and Lodging: visit the sites below for current rates and reservations:

  • Hotel Condon - Surrounded by entertaining attractions such as great golf and the Fossil Beds.
  • Wilson Ranches Retreat - An Oregon Bed and Breakfast that takes you off the beaten track to a rustic hideout.

Logistics: The John Day River has no dams to control water flow; therefore flow levels can fluctuate widely in relation to snow pack and rainfall. It is always a good idea to check water flow levels regularly and be prepared to adjust trip dates if necessary. Average river levels are between 1,200 and 4,700 cfs on the USGS gauge at Service Creek.

The difficulty of rapids varies with river flow level. Prior whitewater boating skills are necessary to navigate all sections of the river. The most popular multi-day float trips are:

  • Service Creek to Clarno - Class II-III - 48 miles, average trip length = 3 days
  • Clarno to Cottonwood - Class II-IV (Clarno Rapid III-IV) - 70 miles, average trip length = 5 days