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Lower Gorges of the

Chetco River

  • Length: 10 miles / 3 days
  • Dates: July 7 – 9 and July 14 – 16, 2019 (custom group trips available)
  • Activities: Class IV Inflatable Kayaking
  • Includes: Professional guides, food, and equipment
  • Trip Cost: $995 (max 6 people per trip)
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What an incredible way to spend time with friends. Bombing the rapids and catching up around a campfire.

A trip through the Chetco’s lower gorges provides guests the opportunity to experience some of the river’s most impressive rapids as well as a coastal forest. This trip is an opportunity to paddle a wild section of the Chetco River without the arduous hike required for the Upper Chetco.

Day 1

Trips begin at the end of the Wilderness section of the Chetco at Tolman Ranch (the take-out for the Upper Chetco River Trip and proceed through many Class III and IV rapids that are perfect for inflatable kayaks. Unlike the upper section, we can access this part of the river by road and will drive to the put-in.

Inflatable Kayaks on the Chetco River
Inflatable Kayaks on the Chetco River

Days 2 & 3

The Lower Gorges of the Chetco River are only runnable at low water when it is possible to portage around two of the biggest rapids: Candycane and Conehead. Many of the other rapids also require scouting and at times there will be additional portages. Guests must be physically fit and have experience with inflatable or hardshell kayaks. Each member of the expedition will carry their own gear in their kayak for the length of the trip.

Kayak above Conehead Rapid on the Chetco River
Kayak above Conehead Rapid on the Chetco River

This trip meets in Brookings, Oregon which happens to be near Agness, the take-out of our Rogue River trips. Guests could easily combined a 4-day trip down the Rogue with this incredible opportunity to kayak the Lower Gorges of the Chetco River.

Trip Highlights

  • Incredibly clear water
  • Narrow canyons and boulder strewn rapids
  • Scouting and portaging rapids
  • Quick Facts

  • Nestled between the well known Smith River and Illinois River
  • Enters the Pacific Ocean at the fishing town of Brookings, Oregon
  • Everyone paddles inflatable kayaks
  • Trip Reviews

    ChetcoLower Overall rating: ★★★★★ 5 based on 1 reviews.
    5 1

    5 5 5

    A+ experience start to finish

    ★★★★★
    5 5 1
    What an incredible way to spend time with friends. Bombing the rapids and catching up around a campfire.

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