The Grand Canyon of Oregon

Owyhee River

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The Wild & Scenic

Rogue River

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Middle Fork of the

Salmon River

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Kayaking Expeditions on the

Chetco River

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Welcome to Northwest Rafting Company

We’re a professional family of guides dedicated to leading trips down some of the most beautiful rivers in the world. Our most popular trips are Oregon’s Rogue River and The Middle Fork of the Salmon River in Idaho, but we also offer a few special trips to places we love and know you will too.

News & Updates

Hood River Access at Punchbowl Falls

/ Sunday, January 11, 2015

The confluence of the East Fork and West Fork of the Hood is a special spot for whitewater boaters, fishermen, and anyone who enjoys rivers. This property has been used by many years by rafters and kayakers as a take-out as the West Fork of the Hood or as a put-in for the main stem of the Hood River. This river access was private property until 2006 when Western Rivers Conservancy began purchasing the land from Longview Fiber and PacifiCorp in an effort to conserve Salmon...

Fighting for the Futaleufu

/ Monday, December 22, 2014

The Futaleufu is perhaps the most famous whitewater river in the world. With turquoise waters, and huge Class IV/V rapids, it attracts rafters and kayakers from around the globe. But the river and the valleys surrounding the Futaleufu are in danger of being ruined forever. The river is effectively owned by a huge multinational corporation, Endesa, which bought the water rights in 1996 with plans to build 3 dams on it. Not only would these dams impede the river, but they would also provide power for...

Hope and Heartache of Rough and Ready Creek

/ Monday, March 24, 2014

A lot of hope and heartache lies in the weathered ridges that make up Rough and Ready Creek’s watershed. Through them, a blue ribbon sometimes fraught with white, carves its winding canyon. Above the water, the isolated ridge top plateaus are the remnants of an ancient flatlands, the Klamath Peneplain, that once existed here and fostered the build-up of the minerals that have been the source of so much speculation since their discovery in the mid nineteenth century. The laterite soils on the ridges and hillsides...

Please Help Protect the Hood River Confluence

/ Monday, August 13, 2012

The merging of two rivers is always an auspicious place for rafters and kayakers, and one of my favorite confluences is that of the East and West Forks of the Hood River. Not only is this a beautiful place to go for a swim on a hot day, but it also serves as the put-in and take-out for several great whitewater runs. Western Rivers Conservancy recently purchased 102 acres of land which encompasses this confluence and the amazing Punchbowl Falls, a stunning 15 foot waterfall that...