Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Fishing on the John Day River

    London has always enjoyed fishing, Max however has never quite seen the point of it. (London rarely catches anything).  Max will go out in the canoe armed with a pocket of pebbles and do his best to terrorize his fishing brother by tossing the pebbles into the water at the exact location of London's fishing line. 
   When we headed off two weeks ago London (who is now 14) opted to stay at his dad's house rather than come along on our Eastern Oregon road trip.  So Max and I packed up and headed down to Bend to meet Park, load the motorhome and head out on our big adventure. 
 The first stop, Service Creek - a town,which to my observation is comprised of 2 buildings along the highway.  It seems that it's sole purpose (other to feed weary travelers) is to arrange shuttle service for fisherman along the John Day.  We arranged our shuttle and headed north to set up camp.  They also offer lodging - The Service Creek Resort. .
  It wasn't long before we were loading the canoe and pushing off.

We couldn't have picked a more perfect day to be on the river.  Beautiful weather, slight breeze and the fish were biting!!! 

     There are lots of campgrounds and a few GREAT spots to camp along the river that aren't "campgrounds" so if you're self contained keep your eyes out for a road that dips down just at mile marker 86.  It's a wonderful spot right on the shore.  Service Creek is located just along hwy 26 in central oregon.