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“Lovely River” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of John Day River

Portland, Oregon
Level Contributor
8 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“Lovely River”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 June 2014

Nothing to dislike. Stunning river. Saw all the branches as we drove in the area. The river is way more than just a place to camp or fish. It is the lifeblood of the area.

Visited May 2014
1 Thank Gypsyd0c
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English first
Portland, Oregon
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120 reviews
51 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 116 helpful votes
“Ehh not a real camping experience”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 May 2014

We chose this place based on the reviews...I have to say I was a bit disappointed with what we got. The tent camp sites are very close together leaving very little privacy. Also, it is literally on top of the highway so we slept very poorly hearing cars zoom by all night long. Needless to say we stay here a single night and then headed out to explore different campsites in the area. We stayed at Big Sarvice Corral near Fossil and that was a better experience. The pros? $2.00 ice and $4.00 wood.

Visited May 2014
3 Thank vyakal
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Paso Robles, California
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193 reviews
148 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 88 helpful votes
“Serene Getaway”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 May 2013

The John Day river is a lovely peaceful way to spend a weekend or just relax but if you happen to have a small boat all the better, start out early as it will get hot and take a jacket as you go up river, you will need it but not for long , bird watching or fishing also deer and large birds such as eagles, osprey and hawks live along the rocky shoreline , different fish run at different times of the year , now the channel catfish are about the river , worms are fine but we had the most luck using small sun dried pieces or salted chichen liver. As the morning wore on we finally caught our first pikeminnow which there is a bounty on. Day use is only 3$ and well worth it , showers are also available int he rest rooms to wash that fishy wormy smell off so take sometime and enjoy the beautiful breathtaking country we call America !Enjoy Oregon a hidden jewel!

Visited May 2013
1 Thank aprildoornbos
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John Day, Oregon, United States
1 review
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“John Day River”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 February 2013

I just moved to the area a few months ago and walk along the river every day. This river is the life blood of the valley it created as it cut through the aptly-named Blue Mountains. I live in Grant County a few miles from John Day which with 2000 people is the metropolis of the county. The county itself is the size of Connecticut but has a population of just 7,500, less than during the gold rush here of 1864. No doubt, the small population has helped the river retain its natural beauty. It has more frontage designated by the federal government as scenic waterway than any other river in America. Worth the trip.

Visited February 2013
3 Thank Tim S
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Redwood City
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3 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 December 2012

Middle Fork through Bates is stunning...wildlife, deer, antelope, storms, untouched...loved it. Stayed at the Boulder Creek Ranch. You will really enjoy the little cabin there. Can enjoy a horseback ride as well.

Visited August 2012
2 Thank Mary C
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