Amanda Willis

California & Oregon Reservations Manager
Where did you grow up?

Michigan. Yup, I’m a Yooper.

Where do you call home now?

Marquette, Michigan

Year started at OARS?


What’s the best part of your job?

I get to do life-changing work. I don’t know one person that’s ever gone on a river trip and been the same afterwards. I love getting to be a part of that experience.

Tell us about your favorite rapid, hike or camp and what makes it special

One of my favorite camps is Loon Creek on the Middle Fork of the Salmon in Idaho. There’s nothing better than a creekside hot spring in the middle of nowhere.

What can you not live without on a trip?

The Sibley Guide to Birds.

Fun fact, special talent or favorite guiding memory

I can spin a good yarn, tell a pretty corny joke, make a decent IPA, and balance a spoon on my nose. Sometimes all at the same time.