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Description - The project consists of a navigation lock, spillway, powerhouse and fish passage facilities on both shores. Various recreational facilities are provided along the shores of Lake Umatilla and on the John Day River (Lake Umatilla, impounded by the dam, extends upstream about 76 miles to the foot of McNary Dam). Construction began in 1958 and was completed in 1971, at a total cost of $511 million. At the time of it's completion, John Day Dam Powerhouse was the second largest in the world. Completion of the John Day Dam marked the final step in harnessing the lower waters of the Columbia River.

Attractions - 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.

Recreation - 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.

Climate - 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.


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Contact Information:
John Day Lock And Dam, Lake Umatilla, P.O. Box 564 , THE DALLES, OR, 97058-0564, Phone: 541-296-1181

Additional Information:
Central Oregon - Located on the east side of the Cascade Mountain Range, several rivers, forests and mountain slopes create a recreational playground in Central Oregon. Its high desert landscape offers almost constant views of snowcapped Cascade peaks.
Oregon Lakes and Reservoirs - This list includes some of Oregon's largest reservoirs, as well as several smaller mountain lakes. These sites offer a full range of water-based outdoor recreation opportunities.

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