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Rogue River Rowing Clinic

7 Days from $1299
Trip Highlights
  • Beginner whitewater rowing course
  • Train on Oregon's Rogue River with professional guides
  • Learn basic Swiftwater Rescue Techniques
  • Elevate your prospects for getting work as a professional river guide
  • Learn basic hydrology, boat-rigging, rowing, camp skills, and guest service skills
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Outside Travel Awards 'Best Outfitter' Runner Up National Geographic Adventure Magazine - Best River & Sea Outfitter on Earth As Featured On 50 Tours of a Lifetime - National Geographic Traveller Mindy Gleason, O.A.R.S. Reservations Manager Condé Nast Traveler Top Travel Specialist 2007-2013 (River Rafting)

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2016: May 14

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Deposit: $250

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$10 per person federal, state and local access fees
Sleep Kit $40 | Tent included

River Rating Minimum Age
Class III16
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Rogue River Rowing Clinic

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Learn to guide an oar raft down Oregon’s Wild and Scenic Rogue River with the company twice named the “The Best River & Sea Outfitter On Earth” by National Geographic Adventure magazine. You need no prior outdoor or whitewater rafting experience to participate in the O.A.R.S. Rogue River Rowing Clinic. Our experienced river guides will teach you rafting and camping techniques that will be useful throughout your entire life.

This 7-day floating whitewater clinic is appropriate for:

  • Anyone interested in working as a professional whitewater rafting guide
  • Parties interested in guiding their own private river trip(s)
  • Anyone who appreciates experiential learning and is interested in whitewater and river safety
  • Adventurers seeking an active vacation experience in a beautiful forested canyon filled with wildlife

Our professional guides, all with whitewater rescue training and extensive guiding experience, will share with you their outdoor and river knowledge. We’ll spend each day progressing down river; learning and practicing newly acquired skills, and set camp at a different location each night. Instruction and hands on learning occurs both on the river and in camp.

Why sign up for a whitewater rafting guide school with O.A.R.S.?

  • Outside magazine, National Geographic Traveler, MSNBC, Good Morning America, Condé Nast Traveler and Men’s Journal have all recognized O.A.R.S. as offering some of the "Best Trips" on the planet.
  • We keep our trips small, with 1 guide for every 4 guests (1:4) participants receive plenty of personal attention
  • O.A.R.S. has been guiding people on rivers and coastlines worldwide since 1969
  • More than 450,000 guests have trusted us to escort them on some of the most spectacular wilderness destinations worldwide
  • We use top-notch, well-maintained equipment and set the gold standard in safety

One price includes:

  • 6 days of whitewater rafting on Oregon’s Wild and Scenic Rogue River
  • Guide training
  • 5 nights of riverside camping and a 2-person shared tent (You may bring your own sleeping bag/pad or rent them from O.A.R.S.)
  • Meals from lunch on Day 1 through lunch on Day 7
  • All rafting and expedition equipment, including helmet and PFD (personal flotation device)
  • Transfers from Galice Resort to the river and back

An example of course content taught during the Rogue River Rowing Clinic:

  • Reading whitewater
  • Maneuvering oar rafts in Class III whitewater
  • Route selection
  • River hydraulics
  • Knot tying
  • Raft rigging/de-rigging
  • River signals
  • How to communicate with your crew
  • River logistics management
  • Camp skills - setting up a safe/comfortable camp, food handling/preparation, minimum impact strategies
  • 7 Principles of Leave No Trace
  • Tying up and anchoring boats, so you know they’ll be there in the morning
  • Wildlife encounters - what to do about those pesky critters
  • Multi-day group dynamics
  • Team problem solving
  • Basic River Rescue
  • Equipment Maintenance

Raft Guides for Hire

Don’t want the fun to end? If you do well in our Rogue River Rowing Clinic, we just might consider asking you to stay on as an O.A.R.S. guide. (We do give preferential consideration to our guide school graduates.)

As the paddle sports industry evolves (smaller companies are disbanding, guide retention rate is shrinking due to fewer opportunities) working within the rafting industry has become increasingly competitive. O.A.R.S. requires skilled guides and seeks a higher proficiency rate of its crew. This guide school is a critical first step to river guiding and may provide an opportunity for you to get your foot in the door with a well-established organization with itineraries spread throughout North America, South America and Fiji.

Show Mile By Mile Guide

Rafting the Rogue River in Southern Oregon:
Mile-by-Mile Guide (Approximately 45 River Miles)

Mile 0

Put-in (start) at Galice Store and Resort or nearby launch site for O.A.R.S. Rogue River rafting trips.

Mile 2.5

Smullin Visitors Center (III). Pause here for a brief rest stop to check-in at the center and pick up our permit to enter the Wild & Scenic corridor.

Mile 3.8

ALMEDA MINE. Exciting volcanic ledge drop with sizeable waves just below Almeda Park with formations rich with minerals deposits. Miners discovered gold here in 1852, in addition to copper, silver and lead.

Mile 5.1

ARGO FALLS (III). Biggest rapid between Grave Creek and Grants Pass, we’ll avoid rocks in the channel as the river winds us right.

Mile 7.7

GRAVE CREEK FALLS. We’ll pass under Grave Creek bridge as we enjoy beautiful surrounding scenery and prepare to tackle some strong hydraulics.

Mile 9.1

RAINIE FALLS (III-V). This is typically a rapid we’ll want to scout along the left bank before entering the middle. We may opt to line our boats and run “fish ladder” on the right instead to get around the falls at lower water levels when boulders are more apparent.

Mile 11.6

TYEE RAPIDS (IV). The gravel bar pushes water towards the right bank while a small bedrock island splits the channel. At high flows, we’ll enter with caution as waves can push our rafts towards a large hole at center right.

Mile 12.1

WILDCAT RAPIDS (III). Splitting around a center divide, the river excels into a boulder-clogged right turn at the confluence of Wildcat Creek.

Mile 14.2

SLIM PICKINS RAPID (III). At low water, the best line is right of the boulder and is a tight squeeze where you’ll need to pull in your oars. At high water, the boulder may be completely covered.

Mile 16.1

Black Bar Lodge. You reach this riverside resort on river left after charging through some Class III whitewater. In the late 40s, gold hunters frequented this spot. Today, the lodge is a popular rest stop for rafters in the summer and hikers each spring.

Mile 17.9

HORSESHOE BEND RAPID (III). This rapid can become quite violent at high water and encompasses the outside of right-hand bend as the river completes a 180-degree turn.

Mile 19.6

Dulog Creek. We may pull in here for lunch. Afterwards, our guides typically lead an exploratory hike up the nearby creek; mind the blackberry thorns as we scramble uphill on a short hike to Dulog Falls.

Mile 20.2

KELSEY FALLS (III). This rapid is divided by a Giant Flat Boulder, which was located of the left bank prior to a dynamite blast by boatman Glen Wooldridge in the early 1900s.

Mile 21.3

Sturgeon Rock. Sports Illustrated Magazine wrote an article expressing how this large, high rock was a prime fishing spot along the Rogue; today, it is subsequently referred to as the Sports Illustrated Rock.

Mile 22.6

Zane Grey Cabin. After numerous visits to the region, writer Zane Grey built and settled here on Winkle Bar in 1927 with his family and resided along the river throughout the 30s.

Mile 29.9

Marial Lodge. Originally owned by Tom Billings, this lodge was managed by his daughter Marial for many years before it was sold to Ted Camp just prior to the biggest flood on record (December 1964). This lodge is well known for its family hospitality and close proximity to the Rogue River trail.

Mile 28.4 – 29.2

Mule Creek Canyon. One of the most unique sections of the Rogue River, with narrow sheeted dike walls on either side that make for a thrilling welcome into a corridor with extremely powerful, unpredictable hydraulics. Inflatable kayaks should especially watch out for large boils and surging whirlpools in COFFEEPOT RAPID (IV). At Mile 55, you can spot Stair Creek Falls cascading behind an alcove on river left.

Mile 30.3

BLOSSOM BAR (IV). The largest and most difficult rapid within the Wild & Scenic section. Many boulders cluster the river here at the end of two vertical drainages, demanding that guides take challenging lines to maneuver around them. Its name stems from the abundant pink azalea flowers that color the banks along the rapid.

Mile 31.6

Paradise Lodge. Situated high above Huggins Canyon, this rustic lodge sits on an expansive deck above the river and was originally built as a farm but began hosting guests overnight to cater to traveling hikers and passing boaters.

Mile 31.9

Half Moon Bar Lodge. This property was deeded to Andy Huggins, a miner and hunter in the early 1920s. Bill and Betty Norfleet were the third owners who maintained the property for over 20 years, upholding good relations with the various outfitters that ran the river.

Mile 33.8

East Creek (The General’s Cabin). This is a small camp with concrete stairs that lead to a vacation cabin originally owned by WWII generals.

Mile 35.7

Tate Alcove. Located at river right, you’ll find a sandbar pull-in that leads to a steep ravine with a trail heading up towards Tate Creek. In approximately one mile, you’ll reach a waterfall that pours into a crystal clear pool – the perfect natural waterslide!

Mile 36.0

Lower Tate. This camp contains an assortment of comfortable spots for your tent; our guides will cook dinner under a live oak tree as you look to set up shot on top a grassy hill overlooking the river.

Mile 36.7

Clay Hill Lodge. Although this lodge was used by Glen Wooldridge in the 40s as a private retreat for his river guests, it was originally homesteaded by the Thomas Family in 1914. The Thomas’ second daughter died in childbirth shortly after bedwetting 77-year-old James Fry and was buried on the property.

Mile 36.9

UPPER CLAY HILL RAPID (III). Water drains to the right side of a rock located just below a large gravel island, creating the perfect surfing wave.

Mile 38.0

Fall Creek Waterfalls. Three waterfalls are found here, but the third accumulates the most drainage; listen closely as you pass by on the river as you can hear each one at a time.

Mile 41.1

Illahe Lodge. Constructed in 1944 by Ernest Schneider, the Illahe’s ownership has successfully stayed in the family since its inception, and is a great casting spot for visiting fisherman. It also marks the end of the line for hikers along the Rogue River trail.

Mile 42.0

TAKE OUT (end) at Foster Bar for O.A.R.S. Rogue River trips.

Information for this Mile-by-Mile guide was gathered from photographer and river guide, Matt Leidecker’s “The Rogue River – A Comprehensive Guide from Prospect to Gold Beach” in-house knowledge and from a variety of sources on the internet.


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"This trip was a course in rowing and general river trip methods. I found it to be well thought out and presented in a calm and professional form. The day when I looked around and saw us all GETTING it, was the trip for me. Hats off to both Kate and Chris. We tried our best, but we could not rattle them. This trip motivated me in many different ways. The size of the group, the lessons learned and for me, a new river, made for a nice mix."
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O.A.R.S. is an author ized concessioner of Arches, Canyonlands, Grand Canyon and Grand Te ton National Parks and Dinosaur National Monument.
Outside Travel Awards 'Best Outfitter' Runner Up National Geographic Adventure Magazine - Best River & Sea Outfitter on Earth As Featured On 50 Tours of a Lifetime - National Geographic Traveler Mindy Gleason, O.A.R.S. Reservations Manager Condé Nast Traveler Top Travel Specialist 2007-2013 (River Rafting) Best of the Bay Area Winner

For consecutive years, O.A.R.S. has been named the "Best River & Sea Outfitter on Earth" by National Geographic Adventure and one of the top two outfitters in the world by Outside Magazine in its annual Active Travel Awards recognition program. In multiple years, O.A.R.S.trips have been honored as "50 Tours of a Lifetime" by National Geographic Traveler and since 2007, Condé Nast Traveler has recognized Mindy Gleason, O.A.R.S. Reservation Manager and International Adventure Travel Consultant, as Condé Nast Traveler's standalone Top Travel Specialist in the River Rafting category.

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