Groups rafting down the Rogue River in Oregon.

Oregon Rafting

Rafters having fun on the Rogue River in Oregon.

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From sunset gourmet dinners along the Rogue River to the remote rapids of the Owhyee, join OARS for an unforgettable Oregon rafting adventure. The state leads the nation with more than 50 designated Wild & Scenic Rivers. The Rogue River was among the first to be honored with this important protection in 1968, while the Owyhee River earned national distinction as a Wild & Scenic River in 1984. Both rivers host fantastic multi-day whitewater rafting opportunities for all abilities.

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Where does OARS operate in Oregon?

OARS runs rafting trips on the Rogue River in southwestern Oregon and river trips on the Owyhee River in southwestern Oregon. OARS Oregon headquarters is in Grants Pass.

What is the best time to go on an Oregon rafting trip?

Rafting trips on the Rogue River generally run from May through September. Each part of the season has its benefits. Spring and early summer trips are often run in higher water, which gives the Rogue’s rapids a little more punch. The weather and water are typically a little cooler. In the middle of summer, expect splashy conditions on the river and plenty of swimming. As we move towards the end of the season, the wildlife tends to become more active, and guests often opt to paddle in inflatable kayaks. The Rogue River flows are dam regulated, so the water is reliable throughout the summer.

On the Owyhee River, higher spring flows allow a limited number of trips. The short season on this river almost always falls between mid-April and mid-May. In drier years, trips sometimes have to be canceled due to lack of water.

Are Oregon rafting trips good for families?

Oregon’s Rogue River is one of our most popular rafting trips for families. Fun whitewater, abundant wildlife, delicious meals, no electronics, and guides who know how to keep the kids happy and entertained—so you can enjoy your vacation too—are the recipe for success. We want your family vacation with OARS to be the best outdoor experience of your life. OARS is family-owned and operated, and we know how to create a family experience that can be enjoyed by mom, dad, and the kids (and maybe even by grandma and grandpa too)!

What food and wine specialty trips are available?

The Wild and Scenic Rogue River plays host to a popular series of gourmet river trips that include wine tasting, craft beer tasting, and our renowned wilderness gourmet trips.

Select specialty trips feature guest brewers, or knowledgeable wine stewards and chef-prepared gourmet meals that showcase the best of the region. On wine and wilderness gourmet trips, wines are carefully chosen to complement the menus each night, making dinner seem closer to a fine restaurant experience than a campsite on a scenic river.

Why raft with OARS in Oregon?

OARS is one of the most established outfitters in Oregon—we’ve been guiding guests on the Wild & Scenic Rogue River since 1969—and our Oregon rafting trips are consistently rated among the highest of all OARS adventures in guest satisfaction. But don’t just take our word for it. Our Rogue River rafting trip has been recognized as one of the top river trips in the West by Sunset, Outside, and National Geographic Adventure, and our Rogue River Wilderness Gourmet trip has been featured in the New York Times and Men’s Journal (among others).

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Rafters on a river in Oregon.

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