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Grand Ronde River at Minam State Recreation Area - map

Nearest town is Elgin, OR

The Grand Ronde River runs from its headwaters in the Little Alps Mountains to the Snake River.

The mainstem and its major tributaries provide spawning and rearing habitat for wild and hatchery stock of spring Chinook, fall Chinook, summer steelhead and rainbow trout. Fishing, floating (rafting, canoeing and kayaking for overnight use), and big game viewing are all popular on this river. The primary launch site for the Wallowa and Grande Ronde corridors, as well as the Bureau of Land Management river station, are located on state lands at Minam on the Wallowa River. Additional access points include Mud Creek, Troy and Boggan's Oasis. Primitive campsites along the river are on a first-come, first-served basis. Many portions of the river are roadless and primitive with limited access by vehicles.

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About this State Scenic Waterway

The Grand Ronde River is a designated State Scenic Waterway between its confluence with the Wallowa River and the Washington state border (43 miles). 

Oregon's diversity of river systems contributes richly to our quality of life. Oregonians decided to protect special waterways in 1970 when they voted two-to-one to establish the Oregon Scenic Waterways Program. The program seeks to balance protection and use through cooperation between federal, state, and local agencies as well as individual property owners and those who recreate along a waterway.  The program goals include:

  • Protect the free-flowing character of designated rivers;
  • Protect and enhance scenic and natural values, recreation, and fish and wildlife
  • Protect private property rights; 
  • Encourage other agencies to act consistently with the goals of scenic waterways


This river stretch was nominated by Bridget Tinsley, State Scenic Waterways Program, 541-388-6236


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