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John Day River Navigability Study
John Day River 
John Day River
The John Day River Chapter of the Association of the Northwest Steelheaders, pursuant to Oregon Revised Statutes ORS 274.400-417 requested a navigability study of the John Day River from Kimberly (approximate river mile 184) to Tumwater Falls (approximate river mile 10). Subsequently the Land Board instructed the Department to initiate the study.
The State Land Board adopted the findings and conclusions of a Department of State Lands report declaring that the State of Oregon has owned a 174-mile segment of the John Day River since statehood in 1859.
Adoption of the Department's navigability report means the John Day River meets the federal test for title navigability. As a result, the State of Oregon has owned all of the land of the John Day River that lies below the line of ordinary high water from River Mile 10 (Tumwater Falls) to River Mile 184 (Kimberly) since statehood.

Contact -
Chris Castelli, Senior Policy Analyst - (503) 986-5280, or email
Oregon Court of Appeals Decision 5/11/05
 - Summary    (88k)
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Draft Navigability Study Report     (607k)