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John Day River, John Day

#143 of 258 in Nature in Oregon
The North Fork John Day River is a 107mi tributary of the John Day River in the U.S. state of Oregon. It begins in Grant County about 20mi northwest of Baker City near the crest of the Blue Mountains. It flows generally west to the community of Dale on U.S. Route 395, then southwest through the city of Monument to the unincorporated community of Kimberly, where it meets the main stem of the John Day River.
The upper reaches of the river flow through the North Fork John Day Wilderness in the Wallowa–Whitman National Forest and the Umatilla National Forest. From its headwaters to its confluence with Camas Creek, the river is part of the National Wild and Scenic River system. The upper 27.8mi is classified wild, the next 10.5mi scenic, and the next 15.8mi recreational, for a total of 54.1mi.
The North Fork John Day River is one of the most important in northeast Oregon for anadromous fish. Wildlife found near the river includes mule deer, elk, and black bears, peregrine falcons, and bald eagles. Recreational uses include hunting, fishing, horseback riding, hiking, snowmobiling, skiing, camping, and whitewater rafting.
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  • When you make the drive you cross this river many times on the highway. The diversity and size of river varies widely as you make yourself across Oregon.  more »
  • What a lovely campground. Clean, lots of trees, grass and shade. The bathrooms were also very clean. Lovely large sites with Electric and Water. Can't wait to stay again.  more »
  • Amazing views and world class bass fishing. A must go rafting experience.
  • A beautiful river running through the stark grasslands. It is how farming survives out here.

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