Oregon Rafting Adventures
Why O.A.R.S. in Oregon?
We are one of the most established outfitters in Oregon—we’ve been guiding guests on Rogue River rafting trips since 1969. Five of our guides have a collective experience of 81 years leading river trips. More than a couple of guides were born into the raft-guiding business. That’s a tremendous amount of insight, wouldn’t you agree?
We offer a variety of ways to experience the Oregon wilderness: down a river in your choice of a raft, a dory or an inflatable kayak; a multi-day hiking trip along the Wild & Scenic Rogue River with raft support or a luxurious lodge-to-lodge rafting excursion. Either choice offers hearty and delicious meals, peaceful accommodations, sublime scenery, and unforgettable companionship.
Oregon leads the nation with 48 designated Wild & Scenic Rivers, and the Rogue River was among the first to be honored with this important protection. Conservation is the foundation of our company. O.A.R.S. was created in 1969 to help people of all ages enjoy "the best outdoor experience of their lives." Our company encourages and actively supports awareness, deeper appreciation, and preservation of our rivers and natural ecosystems.
Four decades in the whitewater rafting and adventure travel industry has deepened our respect of the environment and you. We use responsible leadership and we maintain small groups, minimizing our impact and keeping the environment healthy. You benefit with an intimate experience in the outdoors.
We were the first, and only, North American rafting outfitter to be 100% carbon neutral through the support of domestic carbon offset projects that are inspected, verified and or certified by independent third parties including Green-e, the Gold Standard, CDM, and the Climate, Community and Biodiversity Alliance. Our offices in California and Grand Canyon are also 100% solar powered.
We have guided more than 450,000 guests on rivers and coastlines throughout Oregon, the Western U.S. and worldwide. Our highly trained, enthusiastic, approachable, multi-faceted and professional river guides are the single most important component of our organization. They routinely refresh their whitewater safety, swift water rescue and technical guiding skills, and they all have friendly, outgoing personalities. They can also whip up some wildly imaginative, tasty and fulfilling meals.
Our company is routinely honored for its adventures and its customer service. National Geographic Adventure, Outside and Sunset magazines have proclaimed O.A.R.S. adventures as some of the Best Trips on the Planet. The folks answering our phones, and mapping out your vacation, have more than 100 years collective experience in the Adventure Travel Industry – with close to 950 river trips among them.
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Join O.A.R.S. in Oregon for family-friendly Rogue River and Owyhee River white water rafting and hiking deep within Oregon's forested wilderness.
We want our O.A.R.S. whitewater rafting expeditions to become memorable experiences for families, which is why we've created O.A.R.S.' Oregon rafting trips on rivers like the family-friendly Rogue River in southwestern Oregon and the Owyhee River in southeastern Oregon. O.A.R.S. is family-owned and operated so we know just what you're looking for in an Oregon family vacation getaway which can be enjoyed by mom, dad and the kids (and maybe even by grandma and grandpa too)!
The Rogue River, stretching 215 miles from Crater Lake National Park to the Rogue River National Forest, with its moderate Class III whitewater—is just wild enough to satiate an adult sense of adventure, while tantalizing teens and thrilling youngsters. And with no more than four to six in a raft, there's ample opportunity to glean historical and environmental facts from our river rafting guides, making a Rogue River whitewater rafting adventure in Oregon a great educational experience for your clan. Our Rogue River rafting trip options include our Rogue River Lodge Trip trip, adding a little extra comfort at night to the whitewater highlights of the Rogue by day.
Owyhee River rafting in southeastern Oregon is another paddling delight by dory, raft or inflatable kayak—all options on our 6 day Owyhee River rafting trip. With abundant wildlife and its dramatic canyon setting, this Class III whitewater rafting trip on this Wild and Scenic river in Oregon is a must do for rafting afficianados!
And for great Oregon hiking, you'll enjoy your journey on foot along the scenic beauty of the historic Rogue River Trail traversing over 39 miles in six days of riverside hiking fun on our Rogue River Trail Hiker Special.
For folks looking for something more...O.A.R.S. Oregon adventure vacations deviate from the norm in a most sophisticated way. One of our Wine Adventures is located on the Rogue River (with others in California, Idaho and British Columbia, Canada). And all of our Oregon river rafting trips coincide with the popular Ashland Summer Shakespeare Festival.
The last snows of high-country winter melt away here, and adventure memories sprout anew in the gentle rivers and the reborn life of warm spring.
Called "the Eden at the end of the Oregon Trail," the likes of this region's physical beauty had never been seen before when it was discovered in the nineteenth century. Word spread across the United States that "The Trail", which started in Independence, Missouri, was rumored to lead to a heaven on earth.