The following information has been provided by the BLM:
The first batch of permits to float the John Day River from May 1 – July 15 will be available on Recreation.gov on March 4th at 7 am Pacific Time.
- You can now view the John Day River information pages on Recreation.gov. It’s best to create a Recreation.gov account ahead of time. Click “Sign Up” in the upper right corner of the Recreation.gov screen.
- To get a permit, you will need to select an ‘Overnight Trip’ or a ‘Day-Use Trip’. This is a direct link to Overnight Permits. This is a direct link to Day-Use Permits.
- You will need to select your Entry Segment. You can view a Segment Map here.
- Once you select your River Segment and Entry Date, you will have at least 15 minutes to complete your purchase.
- Each person may hold up to 1 overnight permit and 3 day-use permits at one time. To get another permit, you will need to cancel a permit or run a trip.
- Day use permits are plentiful, so there is no need to rush.
- Have an alternate launch date in mind.
- If you are not successful at first, try back in a few minutes or later in the day.
- Canceled permits are not refundable; however, they are immediately returned to the inventory and become available for reservation. If you don’t need your permit, please cancel it on Recreation.gov in the “My Reservations” section.
- The second batch of permits will be released on May 1 at 7 am PT.
For suggestions on how to avoid the busiest days, please see page 2 of the flyer below. For additional Booking Tips from Recreation.gov, please see the attachment.