Guided Fishing Trips

Muddy Ranch offers guided fishing trips on the John Day River as a way to invite others in to experience the Ranch, and the vast wilderness that surrounds it. Young Life's Washington Family Ranch borders 13.5 miles of incredible river frontage and is located in the middle of a 5-day stretch of river. During the float you will have to the opportunity to view unique rock formations, a variety of wildlife, and clear, calm waters.

The John Day River is one of the nation's longest free-flowing river systems encompassing 284 miles. The John Day River basin drains nearly 8,100 square miles of central and northeast Oregon. Elevations range from 265 feet at the confluence with the Columbia River to over 9,000 feet at the headwaters in the Strawberry Mountain Range.

We prim​arily offer guided fly fishing but will accommodate for fishing with spin rods.​ We welcome beginner or advanced fishermen! Book a trip for a peaceful float through the unique rocky landscape surrounding the river and to fish the pristine waters in Central Oregon!

Fish the John Day River!

Depending on the season you join us, you'll have the opportunity to fish the waters of the John Day River for Steelhead or Small Mouth Bass.

Steelhead Trips typically run from September to April. Small Mouth Bass Trips run from April to September.

Most trips will begin at Washington Family Ranch in Antelope, OR. From here, guests will be shuttled to the best fishing spot based on current conditions so we can ensure fishing is at its prime.

Washington Family Ranch is approximately 2 hours from Bend and 3.5 hours from Portland, Oregon.

We will provide all of the equipment, you just have to show up for your adventure! Here's what you can expect from your trip.

ONE DAY FLOAT TRIP includes:
  • Professional guide
  • Full day float trip on the John Day River
  • Rod and reel
  • Flies and leaders
  • Waders and boots
  • Streamside lunch and non-alcoholic beverages

Trip price does not include:

  • Oregon Fishing License

​ *Please purchase and bring a valid Oregon fishing license before arriving. If fishing for Steelhead, fishermen must have a Columbia River Basin endorsement on their fishing license.

Day Trip Pricing:

1 guest​ ​$ 625.00​​

​2 guests​ ​$ 725.00

​3 guests​ ​$ 825.00

OVERNIGHT FLOAT TRIPS include:
  • Professional guide
  • Full day float trip on the John Day River
  • Rod and reel
  • Flies and leaders
  • Waders and boots
  • One night stay in Washington Family Ranch’s premier adult guest lodge.
  • All meals included — Streamside lunch and non-alcoholic beverages while on the river. Dinner and breakfast served family-style around the table.​

Trip price does not include:

  • Oregon Fishing License

*Please purchase and bring a valid Oregon fishing license before arriving. If fishing for Steelhead, fishermen must have a Columbia River Basin endorsement on their fishing license.

​ ​At this time, we cannot offer multiple day trips with camping options. We'd love to work with you to create a trip that fits your interests. We have the ability to do longer multi-day trips or larger group trips, please contact us to inquire about these details.

​​​OVERNIGHT TRIP PRICING

​​1 Day Float with 1 Night Lodge Stay​​

1 guest​ ​$ 825

​2 guests​ ​$ 1,125

​3 guests​ ​$ 1,425

​2 Day Float with 1 Night Lodge Stay

1 guest​ ​$ 1,425

​2 guests​ ​$ 1,850

​3 guests​ ​$ 2,250

​If you don’t see the kind of trip you’re looking for, please contact us and we’d love to create a trip that interests you!

Hunting Program

Muddy Ranch uses its amazing wildlife resources to tell the story of Young Life and its mission of sharing Jesus with kids. We invite guests to partner with us in raising capital for Washington Family Ranch improvements. We have an Outdoor Advisory Board who supports and advises our program with their time, treasure, and talent. ​ We offer big game hunting, bird hunting, fishing trips, as well as shooting and ranch tours. Currently the hunting program is limited to invitation only guests. Our guided fishing trips​ are a great way for anybody to come and experience the ranch and hear more about what we do. ​ ​​​

Need more information about your upcoming hunt?

Check out our Hunter Portal.

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