John Day River (OR) - June 2-4, 2021 - 48 Miles - Service Creek to Clarno

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Trip Itinerary:
Day 	Camp 			Bank 	River Mile (RM) 
Put-in	ServiceCr,OR 157.1R 	Right	0.0
1	137.6L			Left   	19.5
2	119.1R			Right	38.0
Takeout	Clarno 		109.1R	Right	48.0
Original Plan was to continue on to Cottonwood, another 70 miles...

Getting ready to launch from Service Creek at 8:05am. We arrived the day before, rigged our boats, and camped in the walk-in camping area. Jim and Sherry in the foreground, Casey and Michael on the far side of the ramp

Scenery widens below the launch

Looking back at the USGS Service Creek gaging station

Pushing on the oars and absorbing the scenery

Verification photo (cropped). Thanks Michael

Below an unnamed riffle

Just above Twickenham access point. Below this things were a lot flatter and widened out

Interesting formation

Verification photo #2. I was doing the cooking the first night. Thanks Jim

Day 2 - Early morning sun and testing camera after I realized it spent the night in the water

Almost ready to launch at 8:46am. Trying to beat the heat

Casey wanted me to take a picture of the rather unique RV at one of the access points

If I was reading the BLM map correctly, this is Byrds Point at RM 134.8

Heading into one of the few rapids on the river at Burnt Ranch, I realize the camera monitor is getting fuzzy. Apparently after 14 years of use and abuse, 'old faithful' is not as waterproof as it once was.

Another riffle

This would have been a real nice shot of a partial slope fracture, but the camera pics are getting worse

Day 3 - Another verification photo. Thanks Casey

Approaching Clarno bridge at 11:48am. It is a bright, hot sunny day, but my camera is still fubar. After 3 days and 48 miles of low water, high winds, and baking heat, we decided to end the trip here, rather than Cottonwood. With age comes wisdom. Contacted Service Creek and they got us to our vehicles! After derigging, we drove to Cottonwood, camped, did dinner and breakfast, and drove back the next day

06/02/2021 12:00 PDT 1,430 CFS 3.98'; 06/04/2021 12:00 1,480 CFS 4.03'
Previous JD trips: 2019-> 3610 down to 2190 CFS; 2018-> 2680 up to 2880 CFS
June 1 -> 4 highs: 96,101,95,87 @Service Creek, OR

Vehicle shuttle was done by: Service Creek Stage Stop Service Creek, Oregon 541-468-3331

  1. U.O.N., Olympus Stylus 770SW Digital Photography by William F. Smith (7.1 MP, 3072x2304 HQ, 3X optical 38-114mm)

Last Update 10-Jun-21