Rogue River Tours
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Flowing west from the Cascade Mountain Range to the Pacific Ocean, Oregon’s Rogue River spans nearly 200 miles. The Rogue River Valley has its place in the history of the western expansion and early settlement of the United States. Once inhabited by Native Americans and then gold prospectors and pioneers, the river is central to Oregon’s past and present. It is known today for its recreational activities: whitewater rafting, salmon fishing, hiking trails, and forested scenery.
The Rogue River was one of the first designated National Wild and Scenic areas. Biodiversity in the forests is high, with wildlife such as black beers, deer, osprey, river otters, and bald eagles calling its tall trees and rocky riverbanks home. The river’s rushing waters are scenically surrounded by pristine greenery. It remains mostly untouched — the United States Postal Service runs one of the few rural mail boat services here still.
Its forested canyon is considered one of the most beautiful natural areas in the United States.
The Rogue River runs through southwestern Oregon, beginning near Crater Lake and flowing to the sea. The town of Rogue River is positioned on its riverbank.
Address: Rogue River National Forest, Medford, Oregon, USA
6 Tours and Activities to Experience Rogue River
Spend the day on Oregon’s Rouge River on a 5-hour rafting trip. Meet your guide in Ashland for a shuttle ride to your rafting location. Start with a safety briefing and then embark on your rafting adventure down 6 miles (9.6 km) of scenic class I-II rapids. Your guide handles paddling and steering so you can sit back and enjoy the ride. Stop midway for a snack and have lots of opportunities to get out of the raft to swim if you want. Kayaking can be an option deepening on the weather conditions. You return to the departure point and the end of the trip.
Start off slow and work your way towards crashing through the rapids on a family-friendly whitewater rafting trip. This Rogue River tour is a fun half-day adventure from Ashland, perfect for beginners and more advanced rafters alike. Progress from paddling and floating to riding class II and III rapids. No prior experience is necessary; professional guides support you every step of the way.
This 12 mile stretch of river combines both of our half-day trips into a relaxing and adventurous all day excursion on the Rogue. This trip departs Ashland once a day, seven days a week, when four or more river enthusiasts are ready to go. Guests leave the Ashland area by 9:00 a.m. and return approximately by 4:00 p.m. Private groups and different time schedules can be easily arranged with advance notice. Special family and group rates are also available for your Rogue River rafting adventure.
The morning half-day trip on the Rogue River through Hellgate Canyon is our most scenic half-day trip. The forbidding walls of Hellgate Canyon rise out of the water at the rivers edge marking a dramatic point of transition into the whitewater downstream. As we float through the canyon osprey and eagles fly over head as the search the river for fish. The morning trip flows through two distinct gorges and concludes with two of the best class II rapids on the day section of the Rogue River so if you want to get out on the river before the heat really sets in join us for our scenic morning trip.
Beginner paddlers are perfectly suited to this introduction to whitewater on the Rogue River. During this half-day tour, novices will enjoy full instruction and safety briefings before heading out on the 5.5-mile (9-kilometer) stretch of river, filled with exciting but manageable whitewater. Stop halfway to relax on dry land and have a snack before navigating the rest of the Class I through Class IV rapids on the river.
When seeking adventure in Ashland, this white-water rafting tour delivers. Hit Class I to IV rapids along the Upper Klamath—your guide delivers paddling instructions and support as you fly down one of the most exciting white-water rafting courses in southern Oregon. This full-day trip includes breakfast, lunch, and transportation from downtown Ashland.
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