South John Day River, COA 171

South John Day River and surrounding habitat in the Blue Mountains ecoregion. Photo Credit: Keith Kohl, ODFW

Includes the mainstem John Day River and surrounding high quality fish and wildlife habitat. Southern part of area begins near Silvies River and continues north to the confluence near the town of Kimberly.

COA ID: 171

Local Conservation Actions and Plans

  • Eastern Oregon Bird Conservation Plan

Potential Partners

  • Bureau of Land Management
  • Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife
  • US Forest Service

Special Features


  • Adjacent to federally designated wilderness lands and the John Day Fossil Beds National Monument
  • Provides an important migratory corridor for salmon

Previously Associated With

  • 2006 COA ID BM-04 (Ochoco Mountains area)
  • 2006 COA ID BM-05 (Picture Gorge - John Day River)
  • 2006 COA ID BM-08 (Silver Creek - Emigrant Creek)

Protected Areas

  • Aldrich Mountain Wilderness Study Area
  • Black Canyon Wilderness
  • Cedar Grove
  • Cedar Grove Recreation Area
  • Hog Creek Bark Beetle Hazard Plots
  • John Day Fossil Beds
  • Malheur National Forest
  • Ochoco National Forest
  • Phillip P. Schneider Wildlife Area
  • Prineville District


Strategy Habitats

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