South Fork John Day Wild and Scenic River

Bureau of Land Management, Oregon.


Descending from flanks of Eastern Oregon’s Aldrich and Ochoco mountains, 47 miles of the South Fork John Day River are designated as a Wild and Scenic River. Trout fishing and chukar hunting are just a sampling of the fish and wildlife opportunities abounding in the area.

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Point of Interest:

Drive the graveled South Fork John Day Back Country Byway which parallels the winding river, offering deep-canyon views of juniper woodlands and Ponderosa pine forests. The road offers easy access to primitive, dispersed camping sites.

Interactive Video: 360° Dusk at the South Fork John Day River

Nearby Activities


From Dayville, Oregon, Drive 4.7 miles south on South Fork Road to the confluence of the South Fork John Day River with Smokey Creek. This is the northern terminus of the Wild and Scenic River segment.

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