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.

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Ultralight Kayaking on the Wenaha River

/ Sunday, July 24, 2016

Yesterday I finished a special trip down Oregon's Wenaha River. This beautiful stream is a tributary to Grande Ronde River that flows through the Wenaha-Tucannon Wilderness. This river is only paddled a handful of times each year since it's only accessible by trail. Everything for the trip must be carried in by foot. Day 1 We began at the Elk Flat Trailhead and packed our gear 5 miles down to the South Fork of the Wenaha River. When we arrived there was just enough water in...

Exploration of Josephine Creek

/ Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Located just to the south of the Kalmiopsis Wilderness, Josephine Creek is a remote and stunning tributary to the Illinois River. Paddling this creek has been an alluring, yet challenging goal, pieced together over the last few years by several motivated individuals. I am fortunate to have been part of this story by enjoying a sunny first descent of the 2.6 miles above previously ran sections. Although Southern Oregon is home to several kayakers and whitewater enthusiasts, Josephine Creek remains a hidden piece of whitewater because of...

First Descent of the North Fork of Rough and Ready Creek

/ Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Rough and Ready Creek is a tributary of the upper Illinois River. I fell in love with it after my initial visit in 2011 and subsequently returned three more times to paddle this uniquely special creek. My most recent expedition with NWRC guides Nate Wilson and Ryan Saevitz involved carrying our gear for a day and a half to paddle it’s remote upper reaches. The most challenging part of running this upper section is being there when the conditions are right. You need to go in...

A Week Spent on the Middle Fork of the Salmon

/ Monday, September 14, 2015

At the end of August, I was able to join the last Middle Fork of the Salmon trip of the year. It was my first time down this river that I have heard so much about. It was an incredible trip that I will never forget. I left my house near Hood River, Oregon early on Tuesday morning. I headed East towards the Boise Airport to pick up ECHO co-founder and Idaho Whitewater-legend, Joe Daly. We slowly wound up the steep mountain roads, straight into the...