Jon Marks

Where did you grow up?

Boise, Idaho

Where do you call home now?

Bend, Oregon

Year started at OARS?


What’s the best part of your job?

Sharing all the beautiful areas I know and love with others. Running rivers, and eating the best food!

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

I love running Blossom bar on the Rogue river because it’s always exciting and wild. Hiking to Tate Creek is always a plus after a hot day on the river!

Do you have a lucky charm or special river tradition?

Wear those PFDs right!

What can you not live without on a trip?

Great friends and fun!

Fun fact, special talent or favorite guiding memory

I enjoy doing back flips on my skis when I’m not on the river.