Kelby Ankerson

Job Title

Professional River Guide



With OARS Since


Kelby Ankerson - guide - Meet the Team


Traverse City, MI

Current Location

Traverse City, MI

Offseason Gig

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About me

I want to have fun in the outdoors no matter the season, and I hate doing it alone. I want to be with others.

The Best Part of My Job

Working outside, and that every day and every trip is a little unique.

How I found OARS

I thought guiding would be a fun job to fill my summers before I finished college and started a typical career. I got my first guide job with OARS, and before the first season was over, I knew I wanted to guide forever.

My Favorite Spot on the River/Outdoors

Mule Creek Canyon on the Rogue is just so unique, beautiful, and dynamic.

Favorite River Tradition

We wear flower shirts on the day we run Blossom Rapid.

I Can’t Live Without

Electrolyte tablets.

My Fun Fact

I make an excellent rhubarb pie.

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