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We are offering a chartered river adventure on the John Day River in the John Day Wilderness Area of Central Oregon. These expeditions will Be 3-5 day and 10 day Expeditions We Provide pick up at the airport if needed and will transport you to our staging area where you will be briefed on any last minute details about the trip by 2 guides We will go over gear and equipment that we provide and that you are required to bring. A list of those items will be provided prior to your departure to attend the trip. we supply food cold beverages wine and some hard liquor all your choice with water frontier shelters medical emergency supplies 18ft expedition class raft sat phone communications handheld radio communications solar generators to power and recharge devices chairs tables cooking stoves and eating related items frontier toilet Bear spray fishing gear and movies for entertainment your choices for at night after dinner. if interested or Just Curios Give us a Call I am Happy to Answer Any Questions 7 days till 9pm
PS SPECIAL DIET NEEDS OR MEDICAL CONDITIONS ECT NEED BE PRESENTED TO US IN ADVANCE OF TRIP

The weekend warrior trip for example hits the river on a Friday of the week selected and returns on the following Monday

There 2 trips available

trip 1

The North fork John Day Wilderness area putting in at Dale or Monument Depending on flows traveling through tall pines and incredible geologic formations in a forested setting that gradually changes to a desert environment 35 river miles from launch with abundant wildlife like bear deer mountain lion big horn sheep and a variety of wild birds eagle falcons hawks to name a few.

Expect class 2 and 3 rapids depending on current flows at the time with April May and June being premium flow times and a bit more radical in early June when the blue mountains snow pack begins to run the tributaries

The John Day River is the 3rd longest natural flowing wild river in the United States no dam or man made obstructions and as a consequence the river has a lot of personality with flows that can change completely in just a matter of hours pretty exciting stuff

We will cover wilderness and invasive species permits however if you intend to fish you will be provided the chance to buy a Oregon State fish license on way to the launch area.

Trip 2

The Desert run offers a expansive wilderness covered in oceans of wildflowers and wildlife some being wild horses and bighorn sheep racoons and water fowl set in a colorful expansive open desert country of vistas and extreme sunsets

Explore box canyons the fossil beds and ancient wall and cave art paintings many thousands of years old amongst the beautiful Painted Hills a ancient place long revered by the local tribes.
This wilderness can be a spiritual experience and a journey back in time great for the hiking and exploring the ancient sites with great fishing and bird watching The dry environment brings in all sorts of wildlife to the river so expect to see alot of animal activity

The full Desert run puts in at Service Creek and puts out at Cottonwood is approx. 117 river miles. passing through the Russo, Clarno and Basalt Rapids for some whitewater fun and takes 6 days minimum,

The shorter run Service Creek to Clarno is 47 miles and easily done in the weekend warrior trip as is the North Fork run Dale to Service Creek

Both weekend Trips average close to 50 river miles depending on flows
total cost 1500.00 for 2 persons

Duration of weekend trip 4 days and 3 nights

A list of items needed will be provided early prior to departure and should not exceed 50 pounds max per person.
and we will need sizing to properly fit you a life vest

Greg Allen
Trip coordinator

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John Day River Expedition

not quite decided yet- but somewhere fun :-)

Expedition preparedness and equipment check meet and greet discuss the trip or up coming future expeditions

John Day River Expedition

not quite decided yet- but somewhere fun :-)

Expedition preparedness and equipment check meet and greet discuss the trip or up coming future expeditions

John Day River Expedition

not quite decided yet- but somewhere fun :-)

Expedition preparedness and equipment check meet and greet discuss the trip or up coming future expeditions

John Day River Expedition

not quite decided yet- but somewhere fun :-)

Expedition preparedness and equipment check meet and greet discuss the trip or up coming future expeditions

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John Day River Expedition

not quite decided yet- but somewhere fun :-)

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