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The Columbia...

The Columbia River is approximately 10 miles north of Wasco.  The Columbia River Gorge is a major transportation route through Oregon.  Barge traffic is common on the river, trains travel along the Oregon and Washington banks, and trucks travel along I-84.  The Columbia is known for fishing, wind surfing, and the wineries of the Gorge.  Maryhill Museum and the Stonehenge Memorial are just across the river in Washington.

The Deschutes...

About 10 miles to the west is the Deshutes River, with its WORLD FAMOUS TROUT AND STEELHEAD FISHING, and challenging rafting.  The adverturous can hike, bike or raft 23 river miles from Macks Canyon to the mouth of the Deschutes.

Sherar's Falls at Sherar's Bridge

The John Day...

Another acclaimed fishing and rafting river, the John  Day, lies 15 miles to the east of Wasco.  The John Day is the longest remaining free-flowing river in the western United States.  It hosts the largest WILD SPRING AND FALL CHINOOK RUNS in northeast Oregon, has what may be the Columbia River basin's healthiest run of WILD SUMMER STEELHEAD, and is home to some of the best SMALLMOUTH BASS fishing in the Northwest.  The Oregon Parks and Recreation Department is in the process of creating Cottonwood Canyon State Park, which will be the state's largest recreation site: 16,000 acres along a 16-mile stretch of the lower John Day River.  Cottonwood Canyon is expected to open as a state park in 2013.

Cottonwood Canyon "The Wild Place" Brochure