Grande Ronde, 2017

The Grande Ronde was the last in the string of spring and early summer overnight floats on the calendar.  Located in far northeastern Oregon it’s a bit of a drive to get to but well worth if for the scenery and great floating.  The flows had been running high all spring and they didn’t come down enough to provide for any good fishing for this trip, but that was the overall theme for most of the trips this year.  With high flows the trip was short each day on the water, with 2 to 3 hours being enough to get you to the next camp.


Grande Ronde


As always the scenery was spectacular.





The most plentiful wildlife seemed to be swallowtail butterflies which were out in droves.




Meeting of the minds


Swallowtail convention


With the high flows and short travel times there was plenty of time for relaxing in camp.



And we were even able to enjoy a hike on our layover day.  It is really big beautiful country in northeast Oregon.



Layover Camp


Grande Ronde Views


Mini Rafters



Before I knew it the four days slid by and we were on our way to the takeout.

River Overseer



Morning on the River



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