Rafting in Oregon
takes you along the Rogue River, which flows from the Cascade Mountains to the Pacific Ocean, past California redwoods and Crater Lake National Park. The river got its name from the derogatory term that 19th-century French fur trappers would use for local Native Americans with whom they fought, and who were eventually forced onto reservations, their land rights plundered by European colonisers.
The Rogue River is ideal for short family rafting tours in USA, with intermediate (Class II and III) rapids and lots to do when you don’t have a paddle in hand, including hikes to waterfalls, swimming holes and historic homesteads to visit. Deer are frequently seen on the banks, along with the occasional black bear or otter, while the national bird, the bald eagle, can sometimes be seen in the sky.
You have the option of staying in a remote but cosy riverside lodge every night instead of camping. These locally owned properties are as welcoming as they are comfortable, with rafting and fishing trips along the river making a big contribution to their business. Head torches are handy, as there are no electric hook-ups this far out in the wilderness. Once the generator is turned off in the evenings, there’s only the moonlight.
How difficult is rafting the Rogue River?
Rogue River rafting trips in Oregon are ideal for beginner and intermediate paddlers, with plenty of easy rapids that families love, as well as a few larger and more exciting sections. You can either travel the river in a raft paddled and steered by the guides or take the oars yourself.