River Trips: John Day River, Oregon

The options can be daunting, so we've narrowed it down to five trips you shouldn't miss.

Jul 15, 2013
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WHEN: May 20-July 10

This five-day float takes you through 71 miles of northern Oregon’s rugged desert canyons on mostly Class II water. Plus, the permits are free, and you get some of the country’s best smallmouth bass fishing along the way. Ouzel Outfitters in Bend does guided trips ($850), or they'll set you up with the required gear ($400).

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