John Day River
The John Day River is the longest undammed river in Oregon. Located in eastern Oregon, the section from Service Creek to Tumwater Falls flows through a number of colorful canyons broad valleys, and breathtaking terrain. This segment offers exceptional anadromous steelhead and warm-water bass fishing; calm water boating punctuated with a few rapids; and locations of archeological, historical and paleontological interest.
John Day River (North Fork)
From its headwaters in the North Fork John Day Wilderness to Camas Creek, the North Fork of the John Day River is one of the most important rivers in northeast Oregon for the production of anadromous fish. It supports the largest remaining wild run of Chinook salmon and steelhead trout in the Columbia River basin. Wildlife found along the river's corridor includes Rocky mountain elk, mule deer and black bears, along with bald and golden eagles, ospreys and goshawks.
The river's diverse landscape and geologic formations create high-quality natural scenery. Man-made developments have a primitive or historic appearance, including early day mining remains. There is a great deal of history from the gold mining era tied to this area. Recreation opportunities range from hiking and horseback riding to rafting/kayaking and gold panning.
John Day River (South Fork)
The South Fork of the John Day River is located in central Oregon, flowing from the Ochoco and Aldrich Mountains to meet the main stem of the John Day River at the town of Dayville. The river is nationally known for smallmouth bass and steelhead and is an excellent destination for many outdoor activities. Aside from the road that parallels the river and handful of small ranches, the area provides a near-natural setting.