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Hells Canyon Shuttle, Inc
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Oxbow, OR

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Service Creek to Clarno Kayak & Canoe Touring on the John Day River

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Service Creek to Clarno Info
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Put In:  Service Creek
Take Out:  Clarno
Difficulty:  Class I , Class II +
Gradient:  8 ft/mi
Run Length:  47 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 and sudden weather changes. Rattlesnakes and scorpions. Class II rapids can be difficult for Open Canoes
Water Craft:  kayak,wwcan,raft
Land Ownership:  Mixed
Wilderness:  Mostly
Camping on River:  Good sites above the river near scattered trees. Many sites below on sandy beaches.
Location:  In the Pacific Region (OR), 240 miles East of Salem
Shuttle Logistics: 

Put-in: Service Creek, OR is located at the intersection of OR Hwy 207 and OR Hwy 19. The put-in is about 100 yards upstream from the OR Hwy 207 Bridge, on the right bank.

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

Service Creek to Clarno on the John Day River

Last Edited by josho on 4/26/2011

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