We’re an award-winning group of professional, well-trained guides who lead people down the most beautiful rivers in the world.

Professional, Well-Trained Guides

We are best known for our passionate, charismatic, and professional guide staff. We seek out warm personalities and then provide them with the highest level of training in the industry.

Of course, it takes more than hard skills to make a stellar guide, and we make sure that we hire people that are fun to be around. Our guides are well-rounded, personable, and entertaining people who enjoy nothing more than introducing people to the wonderful joys of the outdoors.

Northwest Rafting Company and Sundance Kayak School river guides

Northwest Rafting Company and Sundance Kayak School river guides

Our guides embody the spirit of adventure professionals and are found in the outdoors year-round. They explore unknown rivers and take advantage of the skills they acquire as river guides to seek out as much adventure as they can. Meet the NWRC guide crew.

The Most Beautiful Rivers in the World

Our most popular trip is on the Rogue River. This Wild and Scenic river is one of the most beautiful river trips in the country and is perfect for families. Novice and seasoned boaters alike can enjoy the Rogue's wildlife, warm temperatures, and whitewater.

A few years back our guides were some of the first to fall in love with the Wild and Scenic Chetco River in southern Oregon. We offer one adventure-filled trip per year on this challenging, but stunning river simply because we love it.

Rafting by the Punakha Dzong in Bhutan

Rafting by the Punakha Dzong in Bhutan

We also offer trips to a few select international destinations. For the past four years we've taken groups to the Kingdom of Bhutan for a magical rafting and cultural tour. We also run trips in Russia, the Balkans, and Chile as well.

Explore. Lead. Protect.

This is the internal mantra of Northwest Rafting Company. Not only do we have a steadfast commitment to excellent service and world-class rafting trips, but are active in a variety of conservation efforts throughout the Pacific Northwest. We understand the necessity to protect and sustain the natural environment that we have the privilege to lead trips through.

The Chetco River

The Chetco River

River Conservation

We are currently involved in conservation efforts of five of the most endangered rivers in the Northwest: the Rogue River, the Chetco River, Rough and Ready Creek, Baldface Creek, and the Hood River. With our knowledge and abilities to access and run these remote places, we take the photographs, shoot the videos, conduct interviews, and edit these media pieces and then give them to our non-profit partners to use in their websites, brochures, and other campaigning efforts. (Learn more about our De Facto Kalmiopsis Wilderness Area project)

Wild Rivers Night

We organize Wild Rivers Night, an annual event to promote the conservation projects we are working on. In 2012 we worked with a grass-roots conservation group Friends of the Kalmiopsis to nominate Rough and Ready and Baldface Creeks on American Rivers’ Most Endangered Rivers list. After giving a slideshow presentation that we had created, we nominated these two creeks for the list and they were both added. Since then, the conservation efforts for Rough and Ready and Baldface creeks have skyrocketed.

NWRC Guides exploring the Chetco River

NWRC Guides exploring the Chetco River

Locally, Sustainably, and Ethically Sourced Gear

We value well-made and repairable products and source as much of our gear from local and sustainably-minded companies. Quality products are worth the extra pennies for the peace of mind that our guests will be safer on our trips and that our gear will last years. From teaching our guides how to patch a leaky raft to walking down the street from our office to our local industrial-grade repair shop, we strive to repair and re-use instead of buying cheap and throwing away.

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