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John Day Float and Fence Pull: Clarno to Cottonwood

Where: Lower John Day River
When: May 10, 2017 to May 14, 2017
Contact: Michael O'Casey
Phone: (541) 330-2638
On the web:
We are looking for individuals

The John Day River flows freely-absent of dams from its headwaters in the Strawberry Mountains 281 miles to the Columbia River. It is the second longest free flowing river in the continental United States and a must do float for many river rats.

On this trip, volunteers will float the Lower John Day stretch which is 70 river miles long. It starts at the one house town of Clarno and ends near one of Oregon's newest State Parks at Cottonwood Canyon. This entire stretch is protected as a Wild and Scenic River and contains three different Wilderness Study Areas. Floating down this remote canyon country and camping under the basalt rimrock is an experience to remember.

John Day Float Scenic
A short hike up the hillside reveals the meandering beauty of the lower John Day River. Photo by Steve Vidito

We will be partnering with the BLM on this trip to remove one mile of obsolete fence. We will spend a second night at our third campsite and switch tools from paddles and sandals to fence pliers and boots for a full day of fence pulling. In addition to the fence removal, we will be opportunistically monitoring conditions of campsites and wilderness characteristics along the way.

Please see website for additional details and registration information.

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