The Grande Ronde runs through a remote canyon in northeastern Oregon. The put-in is
located at Highway 82 mile 33.5 on the downstream river left side of the bridge across the Wallowa
River. This highway starts in La Grande, OR which is the closest significant town. The Minam Store is
located at the put-in and provides raft rentals, shuttles, and a limited selection of supplies. Good
nearby camping is available at the Minam State Recreation Area which makes a good place to rendevous
with your group the evening before your run. To reach this camping area which has designated sites
with picnic tables and an outhouse, head 1.6 miles downstream from the put-in on a dirt road that runs
along the river left bank of the Wallowa (the turn for this road is reached by heading left away from the
store and then taking a right to head in the downstream direction). As an added bonus the Minam
Roller provides a fun surf wave for those who want to get in a session the evening before putting on.
The take-out is located at the old bridge in Troy on river right (this bridge is now closed
to vehicles but there is a new concrete bridge a short distance downstream). The most convenient
option is to arrange for a shuttle at the Minam Store so all your vehicles are waiting at the take-out
when you arrive.To get back home your best option is to head downstream and then east over to
Highway 3 where you can either continue north or south. Alternate routes are available through the
forest roads within the Umatilla National Forest and although some of these routes may look shorter on
the map, don't plan on them being any faster. One of these scenic options is Forest Road 62 which
heads west out of Troy and offers some great views and choice car camping.
The BLM publishes a river guide to the Grande Ronde which shows key landmarks and
campsites (you can probably pick this up at the Minam Store). John Garren's Oregon River Tours also
provides a good map to the run.
Confluence of the Minam River with the Grand Ronde River.
7 years ago
by Thomas O'Keefe
8 years ago
by Marcus Bratcher
The gauge is located at the take-out in Troy. Good
medium flows are around 4000 cfs and the prime
season is generally from April to July. For rafts, flows
of at least 1500 cfs are desireable but smaller boats
can get down at lower levels. At flows above 8000 cfs,
which can occur at the peak of snowmelt, eddies
diminish and some campsites may be unavailable.
Permits are not required for this reach.
We have no additional detail on this route.
Use the map below to calculate how
to arrive to the main town from your zipcode.
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This week Western Rivers Conservancy announced plans to purchase the Minam Store, a critical parcel at the confluence of the Minam and Wallowa Rivers that provides access to the Wild and Scenic Grande Ronde River.
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