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John Day River in Oregon

Trip Overview

We arrived at the Service Creek (BLM) campground at around 10pm on Thursday night. We pretty much set up camp and rested for the evening. Friday morning we woke up at about 6:30 am and prepared for our first day.

We did 20 miles the first day and ran two class II rapids. On the second rapid the canoe flipped over... I was safe in a recreational kayak.

The second day we did another 20 miles.

On our third and final day we finished with an easy 7 miles at the Clarno take-out parking lot.


Wilderness systems pamlico 100 Kayak

Mad river adventure 14 canoe


$5 camping fee per night at Service Creek Campground

$45-$60 for car shuttling service


"John Day River Guide Book" which can be bought at car shuttle service

  • Duration: 2-3 Day Trip
  • Sport/Activity: Kayaking, Canoeing
  • Skill Level: Advanced
  • Water Type: River/Creek (Up to Class II)
  • Group Rates: No

Locations on this Trip