The Rogue River in Southwest Oregon is the quintessential whitewater river trip for multi-generational families. This 2 – 5-day journey will take you down approximately 40 miles of thick forested canyons, sandy beach campsites, and warm water perfect for swimming and relaxing. You will encounter many Class II and III rapids and, when water levels are high, two Class IV rapids including Rainey Falls and Blossom Bar, a technical ride requiring strategic maneuvering through swift channels and boulders for a fun, exhilarating challenge. This trip also offers a variety of hikes including a trek to Kelsey Creek, where you can jump in for a cool swim and cast a line to hook a Chinook salmon or a brown trout. The hillsides and rustic lodges tell the stories of Native Americans, cowboys, and gold miners who once ventured into this wild country.
A flexible, open attitude is a necessity. You will be immersed in the varying elements of nature. There is no set daily itinerary, electricity, or indoor plumbing. There is plenty of adventure, camaraderie, good food, and beautiful wilderness scenery.
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.
Trips begin in either Galice or Merlin, Oregon where your outfitter will shuttle you to the put-in spot to begin your adventure.
All trips end with transportation provided by the outfitter back to your initial meeting location in either Galice or Merlin, Oregon.
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.
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.
One of the most stunning watersheds in the nation, the Rogue River provides a 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.
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. With advance notice, all outfitters are able to accommodate for special dietary requirements.
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