Oregon Whitewater Adventures



April - June
Four and Five Day Trips

"Thanks so much for your generosity, enabling our program to provide our participants with a wonderful memory. The guides were great! Fun, fun, fun!

Camee Pupke,
Big Brother/Big Sister

The John Day takes you into one of Oregon's finest river canyons. It is a charming and exciting river with incredible scenery and unspoiled beauty. Its 280 miles is the longest undammed river in the Pacific Northwest, and is federally protected as a Wild and Scenic River. The basalt formations and bluffs are truly impressive, cliffs and palisades tower more than 3,000 feet high above the river. There are Indian petroglyphs, homesteads filled with history and folklore, and pristine beach camps, all waiting to be explored. The John Day is the favorite for bird watching as it is in the heart of the Pacific Flyway. There is great winter steelhead and bass fishing, with the drifting time beginning in spring running through June. Our most popular section is the 69 mile section from Clarno to Cottonwood. On this excursion you will encounter Class II whitewater, classic John Day rock formations, and all the relaxation one is entitled to for the perfect family vacation. Your guides will prepare deluxe riverside meals, featuring Dutch oven cooking.


Meeting Time & Place:
We meet at Clarno Boat Landing at 8:00 a.m. the first morning of your trip (at the east side of the bridge), where Oregon Highway 218 crosses the river. If you are coming from Portland or the north, take Highway 206S through Wasco to Condon, Highway 19S to Fossil, and Highway 218W to Clarno. If you are coming from the south, take Highway 97 through Redmond and Madras, Highway 197N to Highway 218E to Clarno.


There is camping at the Shelton Wayside Park between Fossil and Service Creek. There are overnight accommodations in Fossil at the Bridge Creek Flora Inn (541-763-2355), and in John Day at the Best Western (541-575-1700) or Budget Inn (541-575-2100), or in Madras at the Budget Inn (541-475-3831), Juniper Motel (541-475-6186), Rama Inn (541-475-6141), or the Relax Inn (541-475-2117).

Trip Fee:
The trip fee includes the services of our professional, friendly guides, PFD lifejackets, helmets, splash jackets and pants, overnight dry bag, camp chair, and all river running equipment and safety gear. Meals are provided from the first day's lunch to the last day's lunch. Shuttle is included.

Trip Prices
April - June
Trip Length Price (Adult/Youth)
Four Day (Service Creek to Clarno) $625/$550   *$685/$610*
Five Day (Clarno to Cottonwoood) $725/$650   *$785/$710*

Youth: Ages 6 to 12

*All Inclusive*  Price includes tent, sleeping bag, and sleeping pad.

Oregon Whitewater Adventures is an equal opportunity service provider. Oregon Whitewater Adventures is registered with the Oregon State Marine Board, and operates under Special-Use Permits granted by the U.S. Forest Service, Umatilla National Forest, Umpqua National Forest, Willamette National Forest; and under Special Recreation Permits granted by the U.S. Department of the Interior, Bureau of Land Management in the Vale and Prineville districts.