John Day River Bass and Steelhead Float/Camping Trips

Woodrow's Fishing Adventures is excited to announce to you we now offer John Day River bass and steelhead float/camping trips!

With almost 20 years of experience floating and fishing the John Day, you will be in great hands and have an amazing trip! Most of the floats we do are very relaxed. There is minimal rough water, which we like to call “Splash and Giggle!”

These trips are perfect for Family Vacation, Guys Trips, Ladies Trips, Company Outings, Church Retreats, Youth Groups, Team Building, you name it! We can accommodate 2-12 adventurous people! We will take good care of you!

The John Day Adventure

With a touch of planning your adventure will begin! You will soon be on the third longest un-dammed river in the United States where you will either catching 100+ Small Mouth Bass per day, enjoying warm weather while you swim and look for wildlife, or casting into one of the finest Steelhead runs in Oregon.

Your trip will take you through a variety of scenery ranging from 3000-foot tall cliffs to nice rolling hills. Not to mention the flourishing wildlife of grouse, chucker, deer, otters and beavers, herds of big horn sheep and the occasional rattle snake. Not to worry we walk every camp before set up, they want to stay away from us as much as we want to stay away from them!

You choose Bass or Steelhead, 2 to 6 days, and we will decide which float better serves you.

Because the John Day is not regulated by Dams, the river level and windows to float vary and are determined by the amount of snow pack in the mountains and the type of weather we get before your trip.

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Trip Options

Bass trips from May to June/July - Temperatures range from 50 to 90+

Steelhead trips from October through November/December – Temperatures can get below freezing.

▪ TRIP #1: 5 or 6 days, 75 Miles of the John Day River from Clarno to Cottonwood. This run is very dependent on the water level to pass the Class III-IV Clarno rapids. Minimum 2500 CFS

▪ TRIP #2: 4-6 days, 55 Miles of the John Day River from 30 Mile Canyon to Cottonwood.

▪ TRIP #3: 2-3 days, 20 Miles of John Day River from Cottonwood to McDonald.

We provide the boats, all fishing equipment, food and non-alcoholic beverages, and camping equipment (excluding your sleeping bag and bedroll). 

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What's Included

BOATS? We have the option of taking 18' pontoons or 18' DriftWood drift boats, where we will have 2 or 3 “fish catchers.” THAT’S YOU! All boats are fully equipped with a highly skilled guide, safety gear, and of course fishing equipment! Upon request, we also have inflatable kayaks for those who want to paddle around.

Fishing Equipment? We provide 2 rods per fisherman.

▪ Bass fishermen: Both rods will be 6' Ugly Sticks with Shimano reels.
▪ Steelheaders: We have Rogue Rods, Cousins, G Loomis, and Lamiglas with Shimano reels.

All reels spooled with P-Line and finished with the appropriate tackle for the conditions.

Fly Fishermen are welcome to provide their own equipment!!

Food? We provide 3 hot meals per full day (you will need to eat breakfast the day we begin your adventure). Our standard menu will be emailed to the party at time of booking to assure there are no allergies or other conflicts. There will be no hungry fishermen! 

Beverages? We provide bottles of water, Gatorade and or soda. Other types of non-alcoholic beverages may be included when requested.

Camping? Coleman cooking equipment, tables, and camp chairs will be provided. Tents will be provided as needed. We primarily use large 8 person tents.  Most camp locations are an uneven hard pack sand, therefore, air mattresses are highly recommended.  You are responsible for bringing your own sleeping bag and bedroll. Again, air mattresses are preferred. You will need good rest from catching all those fish!

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Pricing Scenarios/Examples


Some Examples:

STEELHEAD (October- November)

▪ 4 day/3 night approx. $325- $375 per person per day (2-6 people)
▪ 2 day/1 night for $325- $400 per person per day (2-6 people) 

BASS (June-July)

▪ 4 days/3 nights for $300- $375 per person per day (2-6 people)
▪ 2 days/1 night for $325- $400 per person per day (2-8 people)

Discount for veterans and children under 12!

We can accommodate larger groups (12 people) and up to 6 days! Please call for prices per your requests and available dates!

Please contact us a minimum of 2 weeks before you want to float, 3 weeks for groups of 9 to 12. We may be able to accommodate quicker so don’t be afraid to call!!

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About The John Day River

The John Day River is a tributary of the Columbia River, approximately 284 miles long, in northeastern Oregon in the United States. Un-dammed along its entire length, the river is the third longest free-flowing river in the contiguous United States.

The John Day River basin drains nearly 8,100 square miles of central and northeast Oregon. It is one of our nation’s longest free-flowing river systems. Elevations range from 265 feet at the confluence with the Columbia River to over 9,000 feet at the headwaters in the Strawberry Mountain Range. 

The John Day River system is fortunate to have designation under two important river preservation programs: the National Wild and Scenic Rivers Act and the Oregon Scenic Waterways Act. Together, these two acts, one a federal program and one a state program, provide the best protection available today for the natural, scenic, and recreational values of our river environments.

The John Day Wild and Scenic River is part of the Bureau of Land Management's National Conservation Lands. The National Conservation Lands include nearly 27 million acres of National Monuments, National Conservation Areas, Wild and Scenic Rivers, and National Scenic and Historic Trails. The National Conservation Lands work to conserve the essential fabric of the West, while offering exceptional opportunities for recreation, solitude, wildlife viewing, exploring history, and scientific research.

For more river information - https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Day_River 

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