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A Big Thank You for a Wonderful Season

This summer has been simply amazing. We’ve enjoyed getting to know each of you and your families while sitting around the campfire, leaping off of rocks, hiking to mountain viewpoints, celebrating great lines through big rapids, and more! Thank you for spending your vacation with us.

Yoga class at Johnson Point on the Middle Fork of the Salmon River
Yoga class at Johnson Point on the Middle Fork of the Salmon River

A special thank you to our partners on the Rogue River. We appreciate our friends at Galice Resort, Lori & JR at Sundance Kayak School, and the the BLM. Thank you to our friends at American Whitewater, KS Wild, and American Rivers for always working hard to protect the Rogue River and rivers and streams everywhere.

All smiles at Stair Creek on the Rogue River
All smiles at Stair Creek on the Rogue River

Thank you to our friends who help make our Middle Fork of the Salmon River trips special. Thank you Tammy for packing our food each week! We also appreciate the staff at the Mountain Village Lodge and the Stagecoach Inn who provide lodging before and after our trips. Thank you to Lorali, Gail, Connie and the staff at River Shuttles for transporting our guest’s cars as well as Joanne, Jo, and Dan from Gem Air for providing flights around Idaho and into the Middle Fork.

Rafting with NWRC on the Middle Fork of the Salmon River
Rafting with NWRC on the Middle Fork of the Salmon River

We also appreciate our friends who partner up with us for specialty trips. Phil and Mary DeRiemer organize and guide two world-class kayaking trips on the Middle Fork of the Salmon River. Thank you to Susan Fox guiding and for providing yoga instruction on three of river trips this summer! We also love organizing special bluegrass trips with Laurie Lewis and Tom Rozum on the Rogue River.

Kayaking with Phil & Mary DeRiemer on Idaho's Middle Fork of the Salmon
Kayaking with Phil & Mary DeRiemer on Idaho’s Middle Fork of the Salmon

We also appreciate our outdoor industry partners like Base Camp Brewing for providing tasty beer and Yeti Coolers for keeping that beer cold. Thank you to Immersion Research, Lifeproof, and Sawyer Paddles for your friendship and partnerships.

Finally I would like to thank our amazing guides: Chrissy, Nate, Nicko, J.R., Lori, Allie, Audrey, Ryan, Michael, Teal, Adam, Zach, Dustin, Emily, Anna, Colby, Kutzscher, Dewi, Vlad, Kaela, Jenner, and Ben. Your enthusiasm, professionalism, hard work, empathy, and plethora of other amazing traits are what make our trips truly special.

Some of our favorite quotes from this summer

“Please know how extraordinary your leaders are: Nicko is mature beyond his years and has a sense of humor, compassion and work ethic that is beyond his years. Allie – what joyful fun she is and wow what a great chef. Audrey – what a gem! Her interests and observations of people are amazing.”

“Best guides out there. Going to remember them for the rest of my life.”

Ryan, Teal, Jenner, and Peter hard at work
Ryan, Teal, Jenner, and Peter hard at work

“The guides were so integral to my experience. The made me comfortable immediately as it was my first trip like this and I was nervous. They were wonderful. The wilderness on the Rogue was absolutely beautiful and nourishing to the spirit. I so enjoyed the break from modern day stresses. The guides, through their patient, generous and authentic examples, taught us how to respect the river and the natural world, and they gave us permission to experience the joy of this natural playground. Thank you for a truly memorable experience.”

Rock Jumping on the Rogue River
Rock Jumping on the Rogue River | Photo by Nate Wilson

“Everyone was awesome! Can’t say enough about our crew. One piece of advice if you are thinking about going on the Rogue with Northwest Rafting Co…..GO. Just GO, you will love every minute of it!!”

“This was an unforgettable week and FAR EXCEEDED my expectations of the trip! The guides were so enthusiastic and creative! They saw to every detail! I loved every minute of the trip… After leaving Salmon Idaho, my husband and I talked for hours about all the fun that we had with the guides and guests! I am JAZZED to participate in another Northwest Rafting Company trip in the future! I am so impressed with your company!”

Group photo at Cache Bar on the Salmon River
Group photo at Cache Bar on the Salmon River

“Yes, Dustin is a skilled and clever, cool and amazing guide on water and in camp, but he also managed to build a very special relationship with my son, and created an atmosphere where my son could build friendships with other kids–a truly heartfelt thank you for that!! Thank you Lori for the lesson on constellations. My son is still talking about it!”

“The guides were all really great. Just top notch folks! Clearly, you have a gift for hiring and training. Thanks for doing the hard work so we could have a perfectly balanced vacation!”

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Zachary Collier

As owner of Northwest Rafting Company, Zach Collier combines international guiding experience in places like Siberia, Bhutan, and Chile with a natural business acumen for systems and logistics. Whether he’s on big water or in the back office, Zach strives to ensure Northwest Rafting Company offers exceptional whitewater and wilderness experiences for guests and guides alike.

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