Grande Ronde River, WA/OR

OR/WA State Line to Snake River

The Wallowa and Grande Ronde Rivers from Minam, Oregon to Heller Bar, Washington include 10 miles of the Wallowa River, and 80 miles of the Grande Ronde River. Due to topography, access and river character, these river segments are managed as one river corridor.

The rivers between Minam and the Oregon-Washington state line are designated National Wild & Scenic Rivers and Oregon State Scenic Waterways and are cooperatively managed by the Bureau of Land Management, U.S. Forest Service, and Oregon Parks & Recreation Department.

Many boaters start their trip on the Wallowa River at Minam, Oregon, a tributary of the Grande Ronde river. Trips launched from here typically last 2 to 3 days, although shorter or longer trips are possible with proper planning. Other river access points include Wildcat (or Powwatka) Bridge, Mud Creek, Troy, Boggan’s Oasis, and Shumaker. (BLM)


Grande Ronde River Image
Photo: BLM


The entire river corridor is a complex ecosystem rich in unique natural features, history, spectacular scenery and a variety of plant and animal life. The 'upper river' consists of steep basalt canyons and ascending ridges within dense evergreen forest, portions of which are only accessible by boat. The meandering curves of the 'middle river' parallel a seldom-traveled county road as the canyon begins to widen and forests yield to open ridges and steep range lands. The 'lower river' section in Washington is characterized by sparsely-vegetated, rugged terrain and contains the history of ancient peoples and pioneer homesteads amongst a few active ranches.

For More Information Visit:

Wallowa & Grande Ronde Wild and Scenic Rivers - BLM

Grande Ronde River -


Grande Ronde W&S River Map
Grande Ronde W&S River Map; BLM

Section Details

Trip Length Multiday, 38.0 Miles
Fishing Yes
Camping Yes
Manager Bureau of Land Management, Spokane District Office
Wild & Scenic No
Water Trail No
Partner Information
Photo Credit: BLM