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Category: Rogue River

Oregon Coast

After you go on a Rogue River rafting trip, you might want to take an extra day or two to explore this beautiful part of Oregon. In my previous blog, I suggested an itinerary that included a trip to Crater Lake and visits to waterfalls. This time I’m suggesting spending a couple of days along the Oregon Coast. Day 1 – Drive to Galice + Arrange a Car Shuttle It’s about a 4-hour drive from Portland to the meeting place for the trip, Galice Resort. We… Read More


As one of our guides performed a mid-river concert, everyone became distracted by a black bear walking towards the water. In the Rogue Valley, seeing wildlife is common. By far the best way to experience these animals is from the river. From our charismatic megafauna like bears and otters to smaller fish and salamanders, the Rogue River is a fantastic and important river corridor. Let us explore who they are and why there are so many animals by the river. American Black Bear: Charismatic Megafauna A… Read More

The view at Hellgate Canyon Viewpoint (BLM)

The Rogue River has inspired stories since humans have encountered it. From Native American legends to star-studded Hollywood movies, we have told and retold Rogue river lore for generations. Below are a few authors and tales (some quite tall!) shaped by this amazing river. Native America The original inhabitants of the Rogue River were known as the Takelma, whose name means “those dwelling along the [Rogue] river”. Their lore explains the origin of many famous landmarks in Southern Oregon and the Rogue River. To the Takelma… Read More

Osprey are Common Along the Rogue River

The Rogue River National Recreation Trail is a beautiful hike traversing the right side of the Rogue River. Stretching a total of 40 miles, the trail passes through gorgeous side creeks, steep canyons, and provides plenty of river access. I hit the trail in mid-September and found amazing Fall colors, enjoying the cooler weather. Length: Trail stretches 40 miles from Grave Creek to Foster Bar Season: May through September Water: Plentiful from side creeks – bring a water filter Toilets: Available at certain campsites. For those… Read More

Blossom Bar Rapid on the Rogue River

The Rogue River is a classic multi-day river trip enjoyed by thousands of people every year. Protected as one of the original eight Wild and Scenic Rivers in 1968 this gem offers great rapids, spectacular camps, awesome side hikes, and so much human history. One of the most famous places on the Rogue River is Blossom Bar Rapid, commonly referred to as “the most expensive rapid in the West.” You can find countless stories and YouTube videos of success and mishap with a quick search of… Read More

Coffeepot Rapid in Mule Creek Canyon

Mule Creek Canyon is often one of the most memorable parts of our Rogue River trips for both guests and guides. It is one of my favorites too due to its mix of scenery, geology, and unique whitewater. Where is Mule Creek Canyon? Mule Creek Canyon is a half-mile stretch that emerges in the second half of the Rogue River trip, just above a large rapid known as Blossom Bar. Two geologic formations frame the river. If you get the chance to look to your left,… Read More

Camping on the Rogue River

The Rogue River is one of the best multi-day river trips in the world. Here are the top 5 reasons we love paddling it in the spring. 1. Incredibly Green & Lush The canyon surrounding the Rogue River is always green, but in the spring it is so incredibly lush! The Rogue River is a wonderful river for day hikes and the vegetation in the spring makes it even more lovely. 2. Waterfalls The many side creeks that flow into the Rogue are gushing with rainwater… Read More

Tyee Rapid on the Rogue River | Photo by Nate Wilson Photo

Rivers are the saws of the Earth, cutting their way through millions of years of lava flows and landslides to create the canyons we see today. The Rogue River is one of these canyons. It was formed with the Klamath Mountain range and yields some spectacular geology, some of which is more than 150 million years old. From the start to the end of the trip, boaters float through three geological formations. Rogue Formation Dothan Formation Flournoy Formation Rogue Formation The Rogue Formation begins at Galice and continues to… Read More

Ducky Coming Down the Fish Ladder

The Rogue River is a southern Oregon gem, and classic multi-day river trip. The Rogue attracts many new boaters each year because of its Class II-III rapids, great weather, camps, and side hikes. There is so much to do while floating the Wild and Scenic Rogue River. Hiking opportunities are endless. Here are a handful of hints, helpful land marks, and things not to miss to get ready for your first Rogue adventure. Grave Creek Bridge This is a popular put-in location for many boaters with… Read More

Al Case captures the paddle boat and duckies going through Coffee Pot on the Rogue River

The Rogue River captured my heart the first time I saw it. I will remember my first trip down very fondly. I had recently returned from a backpacking trip in India and was ready for a summer filled with sleeping outside, rafting, and sharing the outdoors with people. There was rain in the forecast but that wasn’t going to stop me from having fun. The water was high, my sleeping bag got a little wet, but it made a huge impact on my life. Here I… Read More