Whitewater Rafting Trips in Oregon & Idaho


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Ouzel Outfitters
Box 817
Bend, Oregon 97709

The John Day River of Central Oregon

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John Day River Rafting Trip - 3 Days


  • Relaxing.
  • Very few rapids.
  • Fun fishing for bass.
  • Great hiking

Adults: $695.00
Youth: $655.00 (12 and Under)
Price Includes:
All camping gear, meals from lunch on the first day through lunch on the last, personal vehicle shuttle to Clarno, paddle jackets and pants on cooler days, and complimentary t-shirt and Nalgene-style water bottle.

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Trip Dates
MAY - JUNE. 3-day trips depart every Sunday and Thursday. Other dates are available by request.

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Class II (very easy)
Raft Types
Inflatable Kayak
Oar Assisted Paddle Raft
Oar Raft
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Another beautiful view along the John Day

Another beautiful view along the John Day

The John Day River 3-Day rafting Trip explores 35 to 45 miles of the John Day from Service Creek or Twickenham to Clarno. As a free-flowing river without dams to moderate water flows, our “rafting window” is determined by the amount of winter snow and when that snow melts. The rafting season usually lasts from the beginning of May and into July. Each day on the river is a mix of peaceful floating, short hikes, riverside lunches and if conditions allow, fishing and swimming. This section of the John Day offers diverse geology with columnar basalt monoliths, towering buttes and the eroded red & green soils of ancient fossil-rich ecosystems common to nearby John Day Fossil Beds National Monument. We provide all of your camping and rafting gear and the guides prepare and serve delicious meals served on full-sized banquet tables. With very few rapids a John Day river trip is characterized by scenery, comfortable camping, hiking and lazy floating. This trip is perfect for groups and families looking for an easy whitewater rafting adventure.

"We would like to take this opportunity to thank Ouzel Outfitters for supporting the Oregon Natural Desert Association by providing your services for our first-ever floating fence pull on the John Day River. We greatly appreciate your contribution. Our volunteers and board members were really impressed with the trip (and how well it was organized). He hope that we can plan antoher river trip with Ouzel in the future. "
ONDA (John Day River)





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