Join us for this trip that combines the rugged Rogue River with the lovely lodges found on its banks. The Rogue was federally protected from any future development in 1968, but the existing lodges were allowed to continue operating. Only a handful of them remain open today, making them rarer than the black bears, but on this 3 day trip you'll get to spend your nights on the river at these scenic hideaways.
The first night will be at Black Bar Lodge, in rustic, yet pleasant cabins complete with heat and hot water. Relax next to the roaring fire in the main lodge with a book or card game, before sharing a full family-style meal with the fellow guests. You'll head out on the river in the morning after a country style breakfast of ham, eggs, fruit, and golden brown, fluffy pancakes.
Rafting on to Paradise Lodge, you'll arrive in the afternoon to bask in the sunshine for horseshoes, volleyball, or frisbee golf. Relax in your peaceful room before rejoining the group for local wines, microbrews, and hors d'oeuvres before another scrumptious meal. Drift off to sleep sans TV or cell phones to interrupt your dreams. You'll head out again by raft in the morning and reach the take out shortly after lunch time.
Dressing comfortably and fashionably for overnight river trips requires a little advance planning. You will need clothes to wear on the river and in camp. On the River 2+ Shorts or Swimsuits 2+ Shirts Lightweight Wool or Polypro Shirt River Shoes or River Sandals Hat for Sun Protection Sunscreen & Lip Balm Water Bottle Sunglasses with Strap Bandana River Clothes: For your daytime river outfit, you'll want quick-drying clothes so that you don't feel soggy all day. Wearing shorts with a lightweight long or short-sleeved shirt...
Today, due to the threat of nickel strip mining in their respective tributaries, American Rivers has placed the Rogue and Smith Rivers on the 2015 Most Endangered Rivers List. The following is an account of our expedition to document the effect that strip mining would have on the waterways and communities downstream. Lost and surrounded by vegetation so thick that I could not even fall over, it was hard to imagine the ridge line we were walking is imminently threatened by anything human made. Yet, as...