In 2011, four Northwest Rafting Company guides embarked on an exploratory trip down the Chetco River through the Kalmiopsis Wilderness. They came back with beautiful photos and stories about one of the most beautiful rivers in the world. We immediately started planning expeditionary trips to this beautiful river.
"When I received the special use application, I considered the review and preliminary decision one of the most important of my career. I have kayaked the Chetco River from Taggarts Bar to the wilderness boundary, and I believe this stretch of river is one of the jewels of the National Wild and Scenic River system. This stretch of river is unsurpassed in its primitive nature. It has an extreme amount of natural resources highlighted by water quality, aquatic habitat, geologic features and biological diversity, just to name a few."- Excerpt from the decision memo for our permit
We led our first group of guests down the Chetco River in 2013. Now we offer several special trips on this river every summer. In early June we return to the upper Chetco River through the Kalmiopsis Wilderness. We also offer several trips down the stunning Lower Gorges of the Chetco.