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Old 04-11-2019   #1
Sammamish, Washington
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North Fork John Day High Water

Hi everyone, have been planning a trip for the North Fork of the John Day (Dale to Monument) for the last weekend in April. It’s crushing right now at 12k plus, but is predicted (at least through the 17th) to continually drop. I have done the Clarno to Cottonwood segment, but never the North Fork. Was wondering if anyone had any recommendations/advice for how high is too high to run the North Fork John Day?
Thanks, I appreciate any advice!

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Old 04-13-2019   #2
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Just make sure you can fit under the bridge that is just above where camas creek runs in.. if you cant you can launch below it.. i dont think there is a too high besides that.. just pay attention to where you are because you can easily do the whole stretch in a day when its pumping..

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Old 04-14-2019   #3
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Thanks codycleve, I appreciate it. I had heard that bridge clearance can be an issue at high flows.
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