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John Day River Crossing

Posted on: October 11th, 2012 by Annie Von Domitz in Oregon Trail Interpretive Sites |

From I-84, take exit 104, then follow Highway 97 south to Wasco, then drive east 14 miles on the Klondike-John Day River Road. Sections of this route follow gravel roads.

Sheltered interpretive panels mark the John Day River crossing and describe the emigrants’ delight in reaching the John Day River, especially after negotiating wagons across sand and rocks, living on limited food and water, and enduring the Columbia Plateau’s blistering heat and bitter cold.

Bureau of Land Management.