US Army Corps of Engineers
Portland District Website

Columbia River Recreation Site Open/Closed Status

Learn more about The Dalles and John Day mitigation draft integrated limited reevaluation report and environmental assessment here.

Contact us about John Day:

General: 541-739-1135

Email us about the John Day Project 


Contact the Lock Operators

Lock   Phone   VHF-FM
Bonneville   541-374-8323   WUJ 33
The Dalles   541-298-4007   WUJ 34
John Day   541-298-9712   WUJ 35

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.

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.  

Getting around





John Day recreation


Corps-operated campgrounds are open mid-April to mid-October, unless otherwise specified. Reservations are available at or by calling 877-444-6777. Without reservations, availability is first-come, first-serve.

LePage Park (Wasco, Ore.): Amenities include bathrooms with warm showers, docks, electricity and a dump station. Activities include boating, beach access and fishing. Le Page Park is also a good launch point for boat-in access to Philippi Park. For park specific information, call 541-739-2713.   Fees:
  • Campsites: $25 per night
  • Day use fee: $5 per car
  • Bus or commercial vehicle: $20
  • Additional vehicle at a campsite: $5 per vehicle per night
  • Boat ramp and tie-up dock fee: $5 per day
  • Dump station: $5 for non-campers


Philippi Park (Ore.): 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. Open from May 19 to Sept. 30. Camping available on a first-come, first-serve basis. Amenities include bathrooms with warm showers, beach access and boat docks. Popular activities include camping and fishing.
Paradise Park (Plymouth, Wash.): Paradise Park is located 2.9 miles west of Plymouth Rd. on Christie Rd. Site can accommodate up to 60 people. 7-day limit. For park specific information, call 509-783-1270.   Fees:
  • Group camping: $35 per night
Plymouth Park (Wash.): Campground is open mid-April to mid-October. Plymouth Day Use Swim Beach open mid-May to mid-September. Amenities include full hookups, electricity, bathrooms, showers, courtesy docks, beach access and a dump station. Popular activities include camping and fishing.   Fees:
  • Campsites: $15 - $27 per night
  • Day use fee: $5 per car
  • Bus or commercial vehicle: $20
  • Boat ramp and tie-up dock fee: $5 per day
  • Dump station: $5 for non-campers

There are no reservations for primitive campsites. All primitive campsites are first-come, first-serve with a 7-day use limit. Camping permitted April 1 - October 31.

Giles French Park (Wasco County, Ore): bathrooms, trails

Rock Creek (Wash.): Portable toilets (April - Sept. only) (35 miles east of The Dalles on Highway 14)

Roosevelt Park (Roosevelt, Wash.): bathrooms, fishing, picnic shelters, windsurfing

Sundale Park (Goldendale, Wash.): picnic area, vault toilet, *boat ramp open to the public outside of commercial treaty fishing seasons.

Threemile Canyon Park (Quesnel, Ore.): fishing, vault toilet, windsurfing


Cliffs Park (Goldendale, Wash.): fishing, vault toilet

Paterson Park (Irrigon, Ore.): boat ramp, vault toilet (on Paterson Ferry Road, Irrigon, Ore.)

Railroad Island Park (Goldendale, Wash.): boat launch, fishing, vault toilet



Crow Butte (Wash.) located at milepost 155 on Highway 14, is operated by the Port of Benton County. For information, call 509-948-6069.

Willow Creek (Ore.) RV campground is operated by Heppner Parks & Recreation. For information, call 541-676-5576.

Additional recreation sites are managed by the City of Arlington (I-84 exit 137, call 541-454-2868), Boardman Parks & Recreation (I-84 exit 165, call 541-481-7217), Irrigon Parks & Recreation (I-84 exit 168), and the Port of Umatilla (I-82 exit 1, call 541-922-3939 or 541-567-6151)