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Many recreation opportunities are available along the shores of Lake Umatilla and on the John Day River, such as boating, fishing, swimming and sail boarding.
This area offers excellent walleye fishing as well as chance to watch migrating fish and tour a working lock and powerhouse on the Columbia. There are six Corp operated campsites, twelve boat ramps and four marinas at the John Day Lock and Dam, Lake Umatilla. There are also picnic and beach areas.

John Day Dam is 216 miles upstream from the mouth of the Columbia River and located at Exit 109 off Interstate 84 in Oregon. The project consists of a navigation lock, spillway, powerhouse and fish-passage facilities on both shores. Many recreation opportunities are available along the shores of Lake Umatilla and on the John Day River, such as boating, fishing, swimming and sail boarding.
This area offers excellent walleye fishing as well as chance to watch migrating fish and tour a working lock and powerhouse on the Columbia.

: The climate in Oregon varies greatly by region. The coastal region and the regions west of the Cascade Range are generally temperate and wet. Temperatures in the western portion of the state rarely rise above 85 degrees F during the warmest months and rarely dip below freezing during the winter.

Location: John Day Dam is located at the head of Lake Celilo, 216 miles upstream from the mouth of the Columbia River. The dam crosses the river near Rufus, Oregon, about 25 miles upstream from The Dalles, just below the mouth of the John Day River. To get to John Day Dam take exit 109 from Interstate 84.

Contact Info: John Day Lock And Dam, Lake UmatillaP.O. Box 564THE DALLESOR97058-0564541-296-1181

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