Rogue River Rowing Clinic

Location Oregon Adventure Level Moderately Challenging Minimum age 18 (16 with parent/guardian also in the class) River Rating Class III-IV From $2099
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Learn to guide an oar raft down Oregon’s Wild and Scenic Rogue River with the company twice named “The Best River & Sea Outfitter On Earth” by National Geographic Adventure.

No prior outdoor or whitewater rafting experience is necessary to participate in the OARS Rogue River Rowing Clinic. Our experienced river guides, all with whitewater rescue training and extensive guiding experience, will teach you the ropes.

This 7-day floating whitewater clinic is appropriate for:

  • Parties interested in guiding their own private river trips
  • Anyone who appreciates experiential learning or an active vacation experience and is interested in whitewater and river safety
  • Aspiring river guides

We’ll spend our days progressing downriver; learning and practicing essential skills, and camping at different locations on the stunning Rogue River each night. Instruction and hands-on learning occur both on the river and in camp. 

Why sign up for the Rogue River Rowing Clinic with OARS?

  • OARS has been a leader in whitewater rafting since 1969
  • We use top-notch, well-maintained equipment and set the gold standard in safety
  • We maintain a 1 to 3 guide/instructor to guest ratio on our rowing clinics to provide plenty of personal attention to participants
  • Our experienced, well-rounded guide instructors are personable, approachable and the best in the business
  • We are committed to treading lightly on the environment
  • Outside magazine, National Geographic Traveler, MSNBC, Good Morning America, Condé Nast Traveler, and Men’s Journal have all recognized OARS as offering some of the “Best Trips” on the planet

Start Your Career as a River Guide 
While OARS’ rowing clinics are ideal for anyone looking to learn something new or develop their whitewater rowing skills, our whitewater guide school programs are better suited for aspiring river guides with no prior experience. If you’re an experienced guide and would like to get your foot in the door with OARS, we encourage you to read our Hiring and Guide School FAQs and fill out an employment application.

Trip Highlights
  • Beginner whitewater rowing course for private boaters & aspiring river guides
  • Train on Oregon’s Class III Rogue River with professional guides
  • Learn basic hydrology, boat-rigging, rowing, camp skills, and guest service skills
  • Practice basic Swiftwater Rescue Techniques
  • Elevate your prospects for getting work as a professional river guide

What to Expect

Itinerary & Map

Itinerary at a Glance

We pride ourselves in running a relaxed and flexible schedule. Every Rogue River Rowing Clinic 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:

Day 1

After meeting up with your trip leader, we’ll spend the first afternoon in a classroom setting for dry land instruction to help make our transition onto the water significantly smoother. Later in the day, we’ll shuttle to the put-in location and set up camp for the evening.

Days 2 – 6

After coffee and breakfast each morning, we pack up our belongings, and then we’ll discuss and practice boat rigging. On the water each day, everyone has ample opportunities to row at various whitewater levels. There are also a variety of boat sizes and loads, and participants rotate from craft to craft practicing in lighter, more maneuverable boats up to heavy, fully-loaded gear boats. Each rower can expect to row about half the time. 

There will also be sufficient time for questions and discussions during our lunch stops, as well as in the evenings during classroom instruction sessions when we’ll dive into whitewater topics from A to Z.

You’ll return from the Rogue River Rowing Clinic with a better understanding of:

  • Reading whitewater, route selection, and maneuvering oar rafts in Class III whitewater
  • Raft rigging/de-rigging and knot tying
  • River signals and how to communicate with your crew
  • Camp skills—setting up a safe/comfortable camp, food handling/preparation, and minimum impact strategies, including 7 Principles of Leave No Trace
  • Tying up and anchoring boats
  • How to handle wildlife encounters & pesky critters
  • Multi-day group dynamics and team problem solving
  • Basic swiftwater rescue techniques
  • Equipment care/maintenance
  • River etiquette

Day 7

After lunch on our final day, we have a short float to our take-out point at Foster Bar. We’ll pack our gear into the vans before a 2-3 hour mountain drive back to La Quinta Inn & Suites, arriving at approximately 6 PM.

Meeting Time & Place


Grants Pass, OR

Meeting time

1:30 PM


Approximately 6 PM to La Quinta Inn & Suites

Trip Map

Dates & Prices

20% discount off regular price for active military personnel, emergency first responders, and students with a valid university ID!

2024 DeparturesPrice
May 9, 18$2,099
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• $10 per person federal, state, and local access fees
• Sleep Kit $40 | Tent included

Ways to Save

To book with one of our special offers, call 1-800-346-6277 or contact us today.

The Need-to-Know Info

Trip Details

Included in Your Trip Cost

  • Skilled, professional guide service
  • All meals from dinner on day 1 through lunch on the final day, with limited beer & wine at dinner
  • Expedition equipment, including highest quality rafts, 2-person shared tent, personal flotation device (PFD), helmet, waterproof bags, camp chair, as well as eating utensils and plates
  • Transfers from La Quinta Inn & Suites to the river and back

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
  • Gratuities

The Rogue River rowing clinic uses oar rafts, as learning/enhancing rowing skills is the focal point of this trip. Please be aware that we will ask you to share boat time and rowing opportunities with your fellow travelers. Learn more about rafts and the rest of the OARS Fleet.

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 guests 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 calmer waters, 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.

  • Physical Requirements: Your outdoor adventure will be an active participatory trip. Please inform us of any physical limitations you may have as soon as possible. If you exceed 260 pounds, please give us a call. Make sure you are exercising frequently in the months leading up to your trip and can meet our Essential Eligibility Criteria.
  • Trip Forms: Each participant will need to complete the required trip forms within two weeks of making a booking. Refer to your confirmation email for the link to the online forms. If you prefer to fill out paper forms, please let us know right away. If you are reserving within 60 days of departure, your forms must be completed immediately to ensure we can properly plan for your trip.

Reservations and Deposits

A $400/person deposit is required at the time of booking with final payment due 60 days before departure. Accounts on which final payment has not been received 50 days before the departure date will be canceled.

Payments can be made by check, money order, eCheck, wire transfer, Visa, MasterCard, American Express, or Discover. 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. Your payment is fully refundable for 7 days, less a 3% processing fee, after making a reservation when you reserve a trip 7 days or more prior to the final payment due date.

Cancellations and Refunds

Canceling your trip after your deposit is 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. 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 that 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. For these reasons, we strongly urge you to consider purchasing a travel protection plan.

Date of CancellationCancellation 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. The remainder of your payment can be transferred to another trip within the same year (or to a credit account for the following year). No refund.
59 days or less before your tripFull fare

Please note that different deposit/cancellation policies may apply for charter groups. Refer to the group organizer’s confirmation email for details.

Canceled Trips

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 prior to departure. Do not make non-refundable travel arrangements until you have verified with OARS that your trip is confirmed. 

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 the initial deposit amount and any non-refundable 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 cannot 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.

Logo for Bureau of Land Management

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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