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John Day hydropower

Powerhouse length 1975 ft 602 m
Generators/total output 16 2160 mw

John Day navigation

Lock length 650 ft 198 m
Lock width 86 ft 26 m
Max. lift 113 ft 34 m
Avg. transit time 30 min.  

Contact us about John Day:

General: 541-739-1135

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Building Strong® at John Day Lock and Dam

John Day Lock and Dam

John Day Lock & Dam is located 216 miles upriver from the mouth of the Columbia River near the city of Rufus, Ore.

Dedicated in 1968, construction of John Day Lock & Dam was completed in 1971. The project, which consists of a navigation lock, spillway, powerhouse and fish passage facilities, is authorized for navigation and hydroelectric power generation. Various recreational facilities are provided along Lake Umatilla and the John Day River.

Getting around




John Day recreation

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Contact information: 541-454-2868

Directions: From I-84, take exit 137.

Contact information: 541-481-7217

Directions: From I-84, take exit 165.

No fees. 14-day use limit; first-come, first-served availability, no reservations.

Amenities and activities:

  • Fishing
  • Vault toilet

Contact information: 541-739-1135
Directions: From Hwy. 14, turn south on the John Day Dam Road between mileposts 108 and 109, by the old aluminum plant. Follow the paved road until it becomes gravel.

Operated by the Port of Benton County since August 1, 2007.

Contact information: 509-948-6069

Directions: Milepost 155 off of Hwy. 14.

The Giles French park sign welcomes youNo fees, 14-day use limit. First-come, first-serve availability; no reservations.

Amenities and activities:
  • Bathrooms
  • Boat ramp and dock
  • Camping (primitive)
  • Trail

Contact information: 541-739-1135
Directions: From I-84, take Rufus exit 109, go north toward the river and turn right.

Directions: From I-84, take exit 168.

Small version of Lepage Park amenities map; links to larger versionOpen from April 15 to Oct. 15. Availability is first-come, first-serve unless reserved at Recreation.gov or by calling 877-444-6777. 









Fees:

  • River campsite: $22 / night
  • Back-in campsite: $22 / night
  • Gazebo tents (sites T9 & T19): $17.00
  • Tent campsite: $15 / nightSome of Lepage Park's many scenic views and amenities. (Friday and Saturday nights only)
  • Overflow campsite: $15 / night
  • Day use fee: $5 per car
  • Extra vehicle: $5 per night
  • Boat ramp and tie-up dock fee: $5 / day
  • Dump station fee: $5 / dump (free to paid campers)The Lepage Park sign welcomes you
  • Bus or commercial vehicle: $20.00 per vehicle
Amenities and activities:







  • Bathrooms
  • Beach
  • Courtesy docks
  • Dump station (free to paid campers)
  • Electricity
  • Fishing
  • Warm showers

Contact information: 541-739-2713 or 541-739-1135

Directions: From I-84, take exit 114 (approximately 3 miles from John Day Dam.)

Open April 15 – Oct. 15. First-come, first-serve availability, unless reserved at Recreation.gov or 1-877-444-6777. $35/night for group camping. Site can accomodate up to 60 people. 7-day limit.

Amenities & activities:

  • Camping (primitive)
  • Vault toilet
  • Shore access to the river

Contact information: 509-783-1270 or 541-739-1135

Directions: Take Hwy. 14 to Plymouth, Wash. Paradise Park is 2.9 miles west of Plymouth Rd. on Christie Rd.


Amenities:
  • Boat ramp (primitive)
  • Vault toilet

Contact information: 541-739-1135

Directions: From I-84, take US-730 east / Columbia River Hwy. and go north on Paterson Ferry Rd. approximately 3.4 miles to the park.

Open from May 19 to Sept. 30. Camping available on a first-come, first-serve basis.


Amenities and activities:

  • Bathrooms
  • Beach
  • Camping
  • Courtesy docks
  • Fishing
  • Warm showers

Contact information: 541-739-1135

Directions: Philippi Park is accessible by boat only and is located approximately three miles up the John Day River from its confluence with the Columbia.  Parking and boat launch facilities are available at LePage Park.


Small version of Plymouth Park's site amenities map; links to larger versionOpen April 15 – Oct. 15. Plymouth Day Use Swim Beach open May 15 - Sept. 15. Campground availability is first-come, first-serve unless reserved at Recreation.gov or 1-877-444-6777. 

Fees:

  • Full hook-up campsite: $27.00 per night
  • Partial hook-up campsite: $24.00 per night
  • Tent campsite: $15.00 per night - Friday/Saturday nights only and Sunday night of a holiday weekend. Please go to www.Recreation.gov if you are reserving a campsite on a holiday weekend.
  • Day use fee: $5.00 per car
  • Boat dock & ramp fee: $5.00 per day
  • Dump station fee: $5.00 per dump (free to paid campers)
  • Bus or commercial vehicle: $20.00 per vehicle

Amenities and activities:

  • Bathrooms
  • Beach
  • Courtesy docks
  • Dump station (free to paid campers)
  • Electricity
  • Fishing
  • Showers

Click here for the Plymouth Park recreation map

Contact information: 509-783-1270 or 541-739-1135

Directions: On Hwy. 14 between exits 179 & 180.

No fees. 14-day use limit; first-come, first-served availability, no reservations.

Amenities and activities:

  • Boat launch with courtesy dock
  • Fishing
  • Vault toilet

Contact information: 541-739-1135
Directions: From Hwy. 14, turn south on the John Day Dam Road between mileposts 108 and 109, by the old aluminum plant. Follow the road and the park will be on the left.

No fees; 14-day use limit. First-come, first-serve availability; no reservations.

Amenities and activities:
  • Boat ramp (primitive)
  • Camping (primitive)
  • Portable toilets (April - Sept. only)

Contact information: 541-739-1135

Directions: 35 miles east of The Dalles from Hwy. 14.

No fees; 14-day use limit.

Amenities & activities:

  • Bathrooms
  • Boat ramp
  • Camping (primitive)
  • Fishing
  • Picnic shelters
  • Shore access to the river
  • Vault toilet
  • Windsurfing

Contact information: 541-739-1135

Directions: 50 miles east of The Dalles from Hwy. 14.

No fees, 14-day use limit.

Amenities & activities:

  • Boat ramp open to the public except during commercial treaty fishing seasons.
  • Camping (primitive)
  • Picnic area
  • Vault toilet

Contact information: 541-739-1135

Directions: Off Hwy. 14, about five miles west of Roosevelt.

Highway sign on eastbound I-84 welcoming you to Threemile CanyonNo fees, 14-day use limit. First-come, first-serve availability; no reservations.

Amenities and activities:
  • Camping (primitive)
  • Fishing
  • Gravel boat ramp
  • Vault toilet
  • Windsurfing

Contact information: 541-739-1135

Directions: Take exit 151 for Threemile Canyon from I-84.

Contact information: 541-922-3939 or 541-567-6151

Directions: From I-82, take exit 1.

For Willow Creek Dam information: 541-676-9009
For campground information (operated by Heppner Parks and Recreation): 541-676-5576