Nestled deep in ancient canyons of the John Day River, Service Creek Stage Stop is a travelers’ oasis. With a key to the past we offer rest for the weary traveler and a haven for the intrepid explorer. Service Creek Stage Stop is in the heart of the John Day Fossil Basin and borders the wild and scenic John Day River located in central Oregon. This tiny town features a lodge, visitor information center, café, deli/convenience store, raft rentals, guided fishing trips and river shuttle service for folks seeking an adventure .
Situated near John Day Fossil Beds National Monument on 26 acres with a creek running through the middle of the property, Service Creek Stage Stop is the perfect base to explore the myriad of attractions. From the Painted Hills in Mitchell, fossil hunting in Fossil, swimming , fishing & playing in the John Day River and the Thomas Condon Interpretive Center (Sheep Rock Unit) past Kimberly, Service Creek is literally in the middle of it all.
The house, once a 1920’s boarding house, is located on twenty-six acres across Service Creek from the old livery barn. It is now a six room, six bath lodge catering to individuals, families, and groups. There is a full kitchen to be used at your convenience.
The store, shuttle, guiding and raft rental are located next door.
The store carries cold drinks, snacks, deli items, groceries, beverages, camping and fishing supplies, and rafting accessories.
The raft rental business provides you with a variety of watercraft for your adventures on the river. We have 16 ft. Cater-rafts, 14 ft. rafts, 2 man canoes, and
one man pontoon boats. We also have guided scenic tour for the photographer in you. For your convenience, we will shuttle your vehicle from your put in spot to your take out destination. Guided fishing raft trips are available.
Ask about our classes on how to make arrow heads.
The Journey Through Time Scenic Byway meets the National Wild and Scenic John Day River at Service Creek, which coincidentally is centrally located between the three units of the John Day Fossil Beds National Monument making it a natural base for your explorations.
Come on out to our paradise and see why Service Creek Stage Stop is one of the Top 10 Best Kept Secrets for vacation travelers in the Northwest. Fishing, hiking, hunting, rafting, guided scenic, hunting & fishing trips, great smoked Tri-Tip, home-made pies and so much more!