One of the most stunning watersheds in the nation, the Rogue River provides freshwater habitat to enormous ocean-going salmon and a flora and fauna diversity that is unmatched anywhere in the Pacific Northwest. Surrounding the Wild and Scenic Rogue River, the rugged and complex canyon landscape of the Wild Rogue Wilderness provides watershed protection for the river. The water temperature warms up to the high 60’s°F during the summer, ideal for swimming.
Rafting the Rogue River in Southwest Oregon is the quintessential whitewater river trip for families of all ages. Starting near Crater Lake National Park, the river flows west through the Siskiyou Mountains into the Pacific Ocean. Our trip begins just outside of Grants Pass, floating 40 miles through the Siskiyous and Wild Rogue Wilderness Area ending just 30 miles from the ocean. This two to five day journey flows through thick forested canyons with sandy beach campsites and warm water perfect for swimming and relaxing. The many Class II and III rapids are interlaced with calm stretches providing ample time to enjoy the scenery. There is one Class IV rapid, Blossom Bar, which can be walked to avoid the technical ride requiring strategic maneuvering through swift channels and boulders.
This trip offers a variety of activities outside of the rafting and camping. There are hikes to dramatic view points and cool swimming holes, fishing, and opportunities to try inflatable kayaking. The hillsides and rustic lodges tell the stories of Native Americans, cowboys, and gold miners who once ventured into this wild country.
Packing for your trip
You will be provided with a suggested packing list after signing up for the trip. The key equipment is good river footwear, clothing to protect you from the rain and for the sun. While rain rarely falls in the summer. If it does , proper rain gear will make it a much more joyful experience. Here is some rain gear, footwear and other clothing we recommend.
Trips tyically have a meeting the evening before the launch date in the Galice/Merlin are of Oregon to answer last night questions and pass out drybags so everyone can pack their gear for the next day.
You will be shuttled to the river put-in along with your gear to begin your adventure. At the end of the trip you will be transported back to where you originally met the shuttle to put-in.
Most outfitters will provide all the camping and river related safety equipment, along with plenty of fresh food, non-alcoholic beverages and snacks. However there are some outfitters that will ask you to supply your own camping and sleep gear. Typically these outfitters will also have an option to rent a camp/sleep kit for an additional cost. Transportation to the put-in point and take-out point from/to your start city is included. If you choose one of the specialty trip options, all extras associated with that option is included, such as lodging during the trip; alcoholic food pairings; and chef, yoga instructor, and musician services.
The Rogue offers several trip options, with different trip lengths of 2-5 days:
Lodge to Lodge – A perfect option for those that want a whitewater rafting experience and opportunities to explore the Rogue wilderness, but prefer indoor comforts of a cozy river-side lodge and a hot shower to conclude the day.
All-Camping – For those that prefer the camping experience and spending all their time in the great outdoors.
Camp/Lodge Combination – Offering a little of both; a camp experience one night and comforts of a lodge the next.
Beer & Wine Tasting – With gourmet meals and five-star epicurean choices, these trips offer a sense of luxury. The wine and beer are specifically paired to compliment a delicious menu, prepared by a highlighted local chef each night of the trip.
Gourmet Meals – For dining enthusiasts, this trip delivers a foodie’s dream with exquisitely prepared dinners and thoughtfully paired wines for an exceptional culinary experience in a wilderness setting.
Bluegrass Music – For music lovers, this option offers a lively musical experience with special guest musicians providing bluegrass music and entertainment throughout the trip.
Yoga Options – A great option for those interested in a unique river experience, paired with healing, mindful yoga throughout the day.
We’ve been connecting our clients to water adventures around the world since 1987. We partner with select outfitters who share our values and are pros at creating exceptional experiences. There is no fee for our service; we earn our commission from the outfitters we represent, and the cost of your expedition is the same as booking direct.
Rogue multi-day rafting trips have loose itineraries. While on the river expect to wake up to a call that coffeee is ready. After breakfast everyone packs up their gear. In the morning there will usually be floating, running a couple rapids and maybe doing a little hike expect before pulling over for lunch. Expect more of the same in the afternoon until arriving at camp for the night. After the rafts are unloaded everyone decides where they will set up for the evening and then it's time for relaxing, appetizers, and then dinner.
Making the most of your trip
We find people have the most fun when they are flexible. Rafting trips are an adventure and the guides are continually adjusting the days plans to adjust to make the most of the day as it is presented. It can be nice to leave your watch behind.
Southwestern Oregon’s summer weather is usually excellent with highs ranging from 80°F – 90°F and dropping into the 60’s°F at night. Although Oregon is well known for its rain, very little falls on the Rogue during the summer months. However, you can expect some overcast and cool days do occur, so be prepared with layers and good rain gear.
Boats & Group Size
Your main form of transport will be an oar raft, but paddleboats and inflatable kayaks are also available for those who wish for a more interactive experience. Oar powered rafts are about 18 feet long and carry four to five guests plus the guide, who maneuvers the raft with a set of oars mounted on the raft. Normally three to five boats travel together and group sizes can range from 10 up to 25 guests, maximum. Paddleboats are 14-16 feet long inflatable rubber rafts. They carry six to eight people, and each person is responsible for paddling as a guide calls out the paddling commands. Paddleboats are a team effort boat and offer riders an intimate encounter with the river. When water levels are suitable, single and two-person kayaks let you challenge the rapids on your own terms.
Whether you’re an experienced camper or it’s your first time under the stars, our outfitters are specialists in facilitating an enjoyable and relaxing camping experience. Most outfitters provide a full sleep kit with a tent, sleeping bag, and inflated sleeping pad. Some outfitters will request that you bring your own sleep kit and camp equipment, or will have a package that you can rent for an additional cost. Everyone participates in setting up and breaking down camp. A clean, private camp toilet is set up first thing upon arrival at camp and it is the last thing to be dismantled the next morning.
One thing is certain on a Rogue rafting trip: There will be plenty of food! A full, hearty breakfast with cowboy coffee gets the day going. A riverside picnic sets the scene for lunch where you create your own sandwich. Dinners can be anything from a New York steak, grilled filet of salmon, or a Mexican feast followed by a hot, Dutch oven dessert. There are plenty of snacks and beverages offered throughout the day. Alcoholic beverages are not included, but you are welcome to bring your own. Please contact us when signing-up for the trip regarding any special dietary requirements to insure adjustments can be made to meet individual needs.
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