The Rogue River might just be the perfect rafting trip. This beloved OARS adventure features exciting whitewater that’s fun for all levels, beach camping, magical side hikes, and abundant wildlife viewing.
Choose from a 3-, 4- or 5-day Rogue River rafting trip with OARS and journey down 40 miles of this scenic waterway in southwestern Oregon, through the storied Siskiyou Mountains, explored for centuries by Native Americans, trappers, and gold prospectors.
One of the original eight rivers to gain federal “Wild & Scenic” designation in 1968, the Rogue River winds through one of the most beautiful pine-forested canyons in North America. What’s more, the warm, gently surging waters of the Rogue River combine with “one-of-a-kind” rapids, which provide plenty of whitewater excitement – without an “extreme” element. Rogue River rapids like Blossom Bar and Rainey Falls are sure to inspire a generous dose of adrenaline interspersed with lots of calm float time in between. For the more adventurous, our inflatable kayaks provide an up-close and personal encounter with the Rogue’s rollicking whitewater.
A family rafting tour that ties well into a visit to the state’s untouched ocean beaches and nearby national parks like Crater Lake, a Rogue River whitewater trip is an ideal addition to any Oregon adventure vacation
What to Expect
Itinerary & Map
Itinerary at a Glance
We pride ourselves in running a relaxed and flexible schedule. Every Rogue River rafting trip is different depending upon the group, other trips on the water, camp locations, and sometimes the weather. The following is a sample of what your trip might be like:
The Day Before Your Trip
The evening before your trip, we’ll meet for a pre-trip meeting in Grants Pass, OR. This is an opportunity to meet your fellow travelers and trip leader, and ask any last-minute questions.
The morning of your trip, we’ll gather at La Quinta Inn & Suites for a shuttle ride to the put-in. At the boat ramp, your guide crew will load the rafts, give a river safety talk and fit you with a personal flotation device (PFD) before launching on the river.
Heading downstream, a few warm-up rapids get us acquainted with the river, before we stop for lunch. The afternoon brings us to exciting Rainie Falls—the first real test of our whitewater skills—and a bit further downriver, a possible hike to Whiskey Creek Cabin.
Once we reach camp, the guides will demonstrate how to set up your tent and explain the ins and outs of camp life. While the guides prepare dinner, you’ll have time to have a short hike, explore the wooded terrain, read a good book, or just relax with a beverage of your choice.
Days 2 – 4 (Depending on Trip Length)
Each morning, you’ll be greeted with hot coffee, tea, and cocoa and breakfast is served around 8 AM. After you pack your belongings, you’ll have some time to relax while camp is broken down and the boats are loaded.
Some days include lots of action through many Class II and III rapids and others are more mellow. The most adventurous can paddle inflatable kayaks, which are a blast, even in the smallest rapids.
As we continue downriver, we will take time to enjoy the beauty and history the Rogue has to offer. When possible, we might try to hike to Kelsey Creek for swimming and trout fishing, meander up lush Dulog Creek to play under a refreshing waterfall or stop at one of the several historic home sites, most of which are maintained as museums of human history offering insights into the canyon’s past.
Later in the trip, we encounter the sheer rock walls and deep, rolling currents of Mule Creek Canyon, and challenging Blossom Bar Rapid, which is followed by tranquil Huggins Canyon.
Ideally, we’ll arrive at camp each afternoon around 4 PM to have plenty of time to relax, play beach games, or chat with new friends as the guides prepare a delicious meal.
Our 5-day trips allow for more time to explore the Rogue River Canyon’s hidden gems and may include a layover day spent swimming, exploring a section of the Rogue River Trail, or visiting the enchanted Brushy Bar Forest. Those who choose to stay at camp may like to take out books, journals, or sketchbooks and enjoy some peaceful “alone time.”
The Last Day of Your Trip
Leaving camp after breakfast on the last day is bittersweet—you might not be quite ready for civilization again, but a hot shower will sound pretty good! A few guests may be keen to try rowing, while the guides keep their eyes peeled for the bald eagles that inhabit the final section of the river canyon. After lunch, we have a short float to our take-out point at Foster Bar, before a return shuttle back to La Quinta Inn & Suites.
Meeting Time & Place
Grants Pass, OR
6 PM, the evening before your trip
Approximately 6 PM to La Quinta Inn & Suites
Dates & Prices
Save $100 on 2024 departures when you’re one of the first to book by March 31 and request “Premier Pricing” over the phone; some exclusions apply.
|2024 Departures||Adult Price||Youth Price|
|2024 Departures||Adult Price||Youth Price|
|May 11 All Adult||$1,449||–|
|June 2, 6||$1,449||$1,349|
|June 8 All Women||$1,449||–|
|June 18, 25, 29||$1,549||$1,449|
|July 8, 14, 20, 27||$1,549||$1,549*|
|August 3, 10||$1,549||$1,449|
|August 17 All Adult||$1,449||–|
|August 20, 24||$1,449||$1,349|
|August 25 Wine on the River||$1,649||–|
|September 1 Wilderness Gourmet*||$1,799||–|
|September 9 Wine on the River||$1,649||–|
|September 18 Craft Beer Tasting||$1,549||–|
*Youth pricing not available for trips departing in July; Wilderness Gourmet not available for Premier Pricing
|2024 Departures||Adult Price||Youth Price|
|June 15, 23||$1,699||$1,599|
|July 1, 9, 16, 23, 30||$1,699||$1,699*|
*Youth pricing not available for trips departing in July
• $10 per person federal, state, and local access fees
• Sleep Kit $40 | Tent included
Join OARS for Class III whitewater fun on our adults-only Rogue River trip
Grab your gals and join OARS on an incredible women only getaway on the Rogue river
The Need-to-Know Info
Included in Your Trip Cost
Not Included in Your Trip Cost
- Pre- and post-trip transportation, accommodations, and meals
- Transportation to and from La Quinta Inn & Suites
- Rogue River Access Fee
- Sleeping bag & a deluxe 3-inch thick air-filled sleeping pad (these items may be rented from OARS)
- Insurance of any kind, including a travel protection plan
The number and variety of boats on an OARS trip will vary based on water levels, the number of participants, and other factors we take into account when planning your adventure. Please be aware that in doing so we will ask you to share boat time with your fellow travelers. We don’t assign boats, nor can we guarantee exactly which crafts we bring, but trust us to provide you with the best possible mix for you and others on your trip.
Learn more about the OARS Fleet and the boats that may be a part of your experience: Oar raft, paddle raft, or inflatable kayak.
After each active day on the river, we pull ashore to camp for the night. Our first task is to unload the boats using a fire-line of crew and passengers to expedite the process. Individuals then collect their waterproof bags and locate an area on the beach to camp for the night.
While you put up your tent, the guides will set up the kitchen and central dining/seating area with camp chairs. They will also locate a secluded area away from camp to set up the portable toilet, where privacy is assured.
As guides prepare dinner, hors d’oeuvres are served. This is an opportunity to relax, enjoy a drink if you wish, and reflect on the day with your fellow traveling companions.
In the morning, the first wake-up call lets you know that coffee, hot water for tea or cocoa, juice, fresh fruit, and cold cereal are ready. You can fill your mug and grab a bite, then begin to pack up your personal belongings and sleep gear as the guides prepare breakfast. After breakfast, the entire camp is broken down and packed up. Once the guides have all of the gear loaded back onto the boats, we’ll head downstream to see what new adventures await us.
More info about Meals & Dietary Restrictions can be found on our Trip Resources page.
The weather in Southern Oregon is typically quite favorable during the summer months. The days are long and typically dry, making for a pleasant journey. Like anywhere, though, the weather can be unpredictable at times. Early and late-season trips can bring a wider range of temperatures, and one should always be prepared for rain.
Average Air & Water Temperatures
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Few rivers offer whitewater excitement suitable for such a wide range of ages and experience levels as the Rogue. Its Class III-IV rapids are a great whitewater introduction for the beginning rafter, yet challenging enough to excite experienced river runners. The Rogue’s flow is regulated by upstream dams; this allows for reliable river flows all summer long. Enjoy rolling wave trains and exciting drops, separated by lazy stretches, during which you can sit back and relax, as you float down this scenic river.
Before booking your trip with OARS, there are a few important considerations we’d like you to know about.
Reservations and Deposits
A $400/person deposit is required at the time of booking. Deposits may be made by check, money order, or Visa/Mastercard (American Express and Discover incur a 3% processing fee). Prices are in US Dollars, and all payments must be made in US Dollars. Payment of the deposit establishes your acceptance of our complete Terms and Conditions. Individual departures and trip capacity are strictly limited by the managing agency.
Canceling your trip after your deposit has been processed will incur cancellation fees because OARS has absorbed costs on your behalf and will turn others away who would like to book the spaces we’re holding for you. Final payment is due 60 days before departure. Accounts on which final payment has not been received 50 days before the departure date will be canceled without exception.
Cancellations and Refunds
Your deposit is fully refundable, less a 3% processing fee, for 7 days after you book when you submit a deposit 7 days or more prior to the final payment due date.
If you must cancel your reservation after the rescission period described above, your cancellation fee will be determined according to the schedule below. We regret we cannot make exceptions to the cancellation policy for any reason, including foul weather, poor air quality, wildfire activity, acts of terrorism, civil unrest, or personal emergencies. There is no refund for arriving late or leaving a trip early. For these reasons, we strongly urge you to consider purchasing a travel protection plan.
|Date of Cancellation||Cancellation Fee|
|180 or more days before your trip||$50/person|
|179 – 90 days before your trip||$100/person|
|89 – 60 days before your trip||$200/person|
|59 days or less before your trip||Full Fare|
Please note that different deposit/cancellation policies may apply for charter groups. Refer to the group organizer’s confirmation email for details.
OARS reserves the right to cancel any trip due to insufficient registration or other factors that make the trip impractical to operate. In such instances, we will inform you at least 45 days before departure. Do not make nonrefundable travel arrangements unless you have spoken to your Adventure Consultant regarding the status of your trip. If a trip must be canceled or postponed due to force majeure (factors outside the control of OARS), OARS will provide full credit for payments made toward future travel, or a refund less a 5% service fee plus any nonrefundable payments made on your behalf to 3rd-party suppliers. OARS will make good faith efforts to recover deposits made on your behalf to 3rd-party suppliers; however, we can’t guarantee recovery of any or all of the advance payments made. OARS is not responsible for expenses incurred by participants in preparation for a canceled trip.
If you need to move your reservation to a different trip during the same season, or to a credit account for the following year, there is a $25/person fee up until 90 days before departure for a one-time transfer of your payment. Transfer requests made 89 days or less before departure will be treated like a cancellation according to the schedule above.
O.A.R.S. West, Inc. operates on the Rogue River as a permitted outfitter of the Bureau of Land Management and the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest
Ancestral Lands Acknowledgement
We respect and recognize that many of the river canyons on state and federal lands where we operate are the ancestral homes of indigenous communities. Where we operate on the Rogue River between Almeda Bar and Foster Bar, we acknowledge the territories of the Tolowa Dee-ni’, Takelma, Modoc, Cow Creek Umpqua, Tututni, the Confederated Tribes of Siletz Indians, and the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde.
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