The North Fork of the John Day River

The North Fork of the John Day River in northeastern Oregon is another family trip river. While rapids are mild and few, the current rolls along, keeping the scenic vistas coming one after the other. Hillsides are meadows of mountain grasses punctuated by scattered stands of Ponderosa Pine, inviting hikes up to the ridgelines to get broad views of the surrounding territory. Campsites are informal, where you find them, literally everywhere. A minor detraction is that narrow dirt roads follow the river for long distances at both ends of the run.

Put-In: Camas Landing, 1/4 mile below Camas Creek

Take-Out: Monument River Access

Miles: 42

Managing Agency: USFS North Fork John Day Ranger District

Campsites: North Fork John Day Campsites