Kersten Schnurle

Professional River Guide
Where did you grow up?

San Jose, CA

Where do you call home now?


Year started at OARS?


What’s the best part of your job?

The river! And the people.

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

I’m currently very intrigued by Demon’s Drop camp on the Lower Salmon, because on our last trip we camped there and found a FRESHWATER SPONGE. How rad is that??

Do you have a lucky charm or special river tradition?

I like to keep my teeth clean. Clean teeth, clean lines.

What can you not live without on a trip?


Fun fact, special talent or favorite guiding memory.

I’m learning guitar!

About me…

I love marine biology, and I will talk your ear off about it.