The Grande Ronde River

The Grande Ronde is an Oregon gem for family rafting trips of 2 – 4 nights, perfect for kids. The trip actually starts on the Wallowa River below the Hwy 82 bridge. Both a motel at the bridge and nearby state park offer accommodations for the night before launch. Once on the water, the Grande Ronde offers some splashy little rapids and an abundance of beautiful campsites in the pine and fir forests that line the run. Once the Wallowa joins the Grande Ronde, the scenery reminds one of the Middle Fork of the Salmon. On the last day, the canyon falls away a bit, revealing vistas of the Blue Mountain region of Oregon. Rafting parties take out at Powwatka bridge or continue 7 miles downstream to the resort town of Troy.

Put-In: River Access near Minum Store

Take-Out: Powwatka Bridge or Troy

Miles: 46 (Troy)

Managing Agency: Umatilla National Forest

Campsites: Grande Ronde Campsites