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Experience Oregon's John Day River

Enjoy the high desert landscape and meandering water along Oregon's longest free-flowing river.
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Spring High Desert Women's Retreat

Camping and rafting. For anyone who identifies as female, ages 13 and older. 

Oregon fishing for smallmouth bass on the john day river

High Desert Bass Fishing Adventure

Camping, rafting, and smallmouth bass fishing. Experienced guides provide all fishing gear.

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High Desert River Rafting Adventure

Camping and rafting. Great for all ages and abilities.

Looking for an outdoor adventure that will build memories to share for the rest of your life? Or a group activity or corporate retreat that offers beautiful high desert scenery, rafting, smallmouth bass fishing, kayaking, hiking, and camping combined with excellent food? How about a chance to get away to rest and refocus on a women's only retreat? Or an angler's trip built entirely around catching as many smallmouth bass as possible? Whatever your flavor, we have the perfect trip for you.


Come join us and drift the peaceful waters of the John Day River corridor. This river offers Class I-III whitewater, perfect for scenic rafting and kayaking. You can wet a line in search of the many smallmouth bass in the river and we can teach you to kayak in our easy to master, sit-on-top  kayaks.

Start the summer off right with the fresh air, sunshine, and wildlife of the high desert. You'll make special memories camping along the shore under the stars, far from city lights. Spend your time at camp playing games, eating great food, getting to know your fellow adventurers, or just finally finishing that book.

This trip operates on the traditional territory of the ancestral lands of the Tenino, Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs, and the Numu (Northern Paiute).


  • Experienced guides 

  • Transportation to and from the Redmond/Bend Airport (if needed).

  • Three delicious meals a day, plus snacks.

  • All camping equipment: tents (2 people per tent unless otherwise arranged), sleeping pads, camp toilet etc.

  • All boating and safety equipment, including life jackets.

  • Water, hot drinks, and powdered sports drinks.

  • Dry bags for transporting your personal items.

  • Satellite communication device in the event of an emergency (there is no cell service in the river corridor).


  • Personal clothes and toiletries.

  • Oregon fishing license (if applicable)

  • Beer, wine, spirits, and soft drinks

  • Tips for guides


The John Day River in spring and summer is typically warm and dry, but summer thunderstorms do occur. In the event that we get some precipitation or cold weather, we will still continue with our trip . Please check the weather before your arrival and pack appropriately.



3-8 days


Starting at $895 plus 3% public lands use fee


Age 3+

Women's only trips open to age 13+ and those who identify as female


John Day River near Mitchell, OR.

Nearest airport is Bend/Redmond (RDM)


Camping in tents, all equipment provided.


Mellow: Class I-III rapids

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