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Hells Canyon Shuttle, Inc
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Oxbow, OR

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Clarno to Cottonwood Kayak & Canoe Touring on the John Day River

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Clarno to Cottonwood Info
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Put In:  Clarno
Take Out:  Cottonwood Bridge
Difficulty:  Class II - , Class III
Gradient:  11 ft/mi
Run Length:  69 miles
Current Streamflow:  590 cfs @ 12/14/2016 10:30 AM - JOHN DAY RIVER AT SERVICE CREEK, OR, reading taken from USGS
Flow Information (phone):  Oregon River Forecast Center, 503-261-9246
Good Level:  1,200 to 6,000 cfs
Streamflow Comments: 
Season Comments:  April, May, June, July
Primary Season: 


Permit:  None presently required
Character/Similar To:  Relatively small, straight forward rapids through scenic desert canyon.
Hazards:  Isolation, cold water, difficult terrain and sudden weather changes. Rattlesnakes
Water Craft:  kayak,wwcan,raft
Land Ownership:  Mixed
Wilderness:  Mostly
Camping on River:  Good sites located below Basalt rapid (mile 16) and in Great Basalt Canyon (mile 16-19), and Arch Rocks (mile 20). Sites are sparse after mile 50.
Location:  In the Pacific Region (OR), 230 miles East of Salem
Shuttle Logistics: 

Put-in: Located at the east end of the OR Hwy 218 Bridge over the John Day.

Take-out: Located on the right bank below the OR Hwy 206 Bridge over the John Day.

Clarno to Cottonwood on the John Day River

Last Edited by josho on 4/26/2011

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