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Women's Retreat

Experience Oregon's John Day River

Enjoy the high desert landscape and meandering water along Oregon's longest free-flowing river.
Sunset camp John Day River

Looking for a little down time with other awesome women in the great outdoors? Join us for a unique high desert retreat on the river. Come prepared to relax, play, reflect, engage, make memories, and build community. 

This adventure is designed for women looking for an experience on the river that includes rafting, camping, and optional kayaking. No experience required, all who identify as female are welcome.

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

Your John Day River wilderness adventure begins the day before the trip start date, either at the Bend/Redmond airport, or in the town of Prineville. We'll meet at a hotel for a brief orientation and hand out dry bags for you to pack that evening. Bright and early the next morning, we will drive through the high desert landscape to our boat ramp on the John Day River, about two hours away. 

On this trip we will float the river on large inflatable rafts. Inflatable
 kayaks are also available for anyone who wants to give them a try. Rafts carry 4-7 people plus one guide.

We make every effort to make your outdoor experience in the Central Oregon wilderness a comfortable one with high quality camping equipment. We use spacious six-person tents, with two people or a family per tent, so you have plenty of space. We provide inflatable sleeping pads and cozy sleeping bags for nights under the stars after a long day on the water. Camp chairs are provided for relaxing on shore while you view the beautiful scenery, read, journal, or just sip on a cold beverage. 

Meals are prepared by our talented river guides. Burgers, french toast, stir fry, and cheesecake will give you the energy for extreme relaxation and exploration each day. You will be served three meals a day
, plus plenty of snacks. We can accommodate most allergies and dietary restrictions, although the purchase of specialty food items my require a small additional fee. Give us a call or email with any specific questions.


  • Talented, fun, experienced guides.

  • Three delicious meals a day, plus snacks.

  • 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.

  • Beer, wine, spirits, and soft drinks.

  • Tips for guides.

  • That book you've never had a chance to finish.


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.


May 31-June 2,



$895/person plus 3% public lands use fee


Those who identify as female, age 13+


John Day River near Mitchell, OR.

Nearest airport is Bend/Redmond (RDM)


Camping in tents, all equipment is provided.


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