Dakota Rose Goodman

Professional River Guide
 Where did you grow up?

Arcata, California

Where do you call home now?

Moscow, Idaho

Year started at OARS?


What’s the best part of your job?

The mental and physical access, as an individual and a guide, to a sacred resource.

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

The ancient yew grove on the Main Salmon River is a magical place.

Do you have a lucky charm or special river tradition?

I kiss my river necklace before big rapids.

What can you not live without on a trip?

My pen and notebook.

Fun fact, special talent or favorite guiding memory

I try to write at least one poem per river trip.

About me…

Dakota Rose Goodman holds dual degrees from the University of California, Berkeley. She received a B.A. in Environmental History, with a minor in Human Rights, and an emphasis in Psychology, as well as a B.S. in Society and Environment. Her concentration at UC Berkeley was in California water resources policy and management. She started the first campus chapter of Friends of the River at UC Berkeley since the organization’s founding in 1973. After graduating with honors from Berkeley, Dakota went to the University of Idaho to further her studies in the area of Western Water resource policy and management. She recently completed a Water Resources Master of Science, in Law, Management and Policy.