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Minam to Troy Whitewater Kayaking & Canoeing Trip on the Grande Ronde River

The Grande Ronde River

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Minam to Troy Info
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Put In:  Minam, Oregon
Take Out:  Troy, Oregon
Difficulty:  Class II 1,200-3,800 cfs , Class III 5,000-12,000 cfs
Gradient:  21 ft/mi
Run Length:  46 miles
Flow Information (phone):  Oregon River Forecast Center, 503-261-9246
Good Level:  1,200 to 12,000 cfs
Streamflow Comments: 
Season Comments:  January, February, March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November, December
Primary Season: 
Permit:  Permits will soon be required for all private boating parties. Permits will be free of charge, non-regulatory, and self-issued. Call the Baker Resource Area Office at (541)523-1256.
Character/Similar To:  Nice mix of whitewater, scenery and solitude.
Hazards:  At lower flows this run becomes very technical.
Water Craft:  kayak,wwcan,raft
Land Ownership:  Mixed
Wilderness:  Yes
Camping on River:  Many excellent sites along this run.
Location:  In the Pacific Region (OR), 341 miles Northeast of Salem
Shuttle Logistics: 

Put-in: From La Grande, Oregon, take OR Hwy 82 north to Minam. Put-in on the left bank below the OR Hwy 82 bridge over the Wallowa River.

Take-out: From Minam, Oregon, head east on OR Hwy 82 to the town of Enterprise. Take OR Hwy 3 north some 32 miles, turn left at the Flora/Troy junction and head toward Troy.

Minam to Troy on the Grande Ronde River

This long section of river is a great multiday trip. At all flows you will find great whitewater, lower flows become very technical and challenging while high flows offer raft flipping waves. At very high water, above 6,000cfs, this section of river can be completed in one long day.

The best time to do this river is during the warm months. After a good snow pack there should still be enough water to make the rapids big and pushy, but warm temperatures make this a nice relaxing three day float.

This river can be run all year. Winter offers great wild life scenery, but very cold temperatures. Spring is the best time for a quick float, some days can be nice during the spring months, while other days you could be snowed on. During the summer this is a great way to beat the heat, and fall time runs present a very technical low volume river.

Last Edited by josho on 4/26/2011

Towns near Minam to Troy Kayaking

Baker City Oregon
John Day Oregon
La Grande Oregon
Lewiston Idaho
Madras Oregon
Ontario Oregon
Pendleton Oregon
Prineville Oregon
The Dalles Oregon

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