Rogue River

Wild and Scenic Adventure

Experience Oregon's

Wild and Scenic Rogue River

Float among golden oak trees and splash through whitewater rapids in this unique coastal canyon. 
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Wild Rogue

Women's Retreat

Camping and rafting with option for fishing. For anyone who identifies as female, ages 13 and older. 

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Rogue River

Fishing Adventure

Fish for Salmon and Steelhead. Experienced guides provide all fishing gear. Lodge accommodation

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Rogue River Rafting Adventure

Camping and rafting with option for fishing. Great for all ages and abilities.

The Wild and Scenic section of the Rogue River is one of the most beautiful and unique places on earth. This is the trip if you're looking to truly experience the magic of the Pacific Northwest, to be fully immersed in wild beauty. We float 34 miles in three-five days through this coastal canyon river corridor teaming with wildlife. Depending on the trip, we offer camping or accommodation in historic lodges along the river (based upon availability, please book early), or a mix of both. Our friendly staff will prepare delicious meals and snacks each day, as well as offer nature hikes on the Rogue River Trail, which parallels the river through the length of the canyon.

 

This adventure features sections of smooth glassy water, and also significant whitewater rapids. Rainey Falls, a class VI rapid you won't float through, is a great place for family photos. Then hold on tight and prepare to get wet as we raft through whitewater at Mule Creek Canyon and Blossom Bar, both rated Class IV.

 

Most folks come to raft the Rogue River in the summer, but we offer the unique opportunity to see it in the fall, with milder temperatures and fewer crowds. The hillsides glow with autumn colors and foraging wildlife. Mornings and evenings are crisp while days are still usually sunny and warm, especially in September and October. Be sure to bring your camera for shots you won't find anywhere else and keep your eyes open for black bears with cubs.

This trip operates on the traditional territory of the ancestral lands of the Cow Creek Umpqua, Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde, Tolowa Dee-ni’, and Takelma.

WHEN

September-November

3-5 days

price

Starting at $975/person plus 3% permit fee and $10/person public lands use fee

WHO

Age 8+

Women's only trips open to age 13+ and those who identify as female

WHERE

Rogue River near Merlin, OR.

Nearest airport is Rogue Valley International-Medford Airport (MFR)

Lodging

Camping or lodge accommodation

RIVER RATING

Sporty: Class I-IV rapids

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ALL TRIPS INCLUDE

  • Experienced guides

  • Transportation to and from the Medford Airport (if needed).

  • Three delicious meals a day, prepared by our excellent camp chef or lodge kitchen staff. Great desserts and snacks too!

  • For camping trips, all camping gear, tents, sleeping pads, cots, dry bags, fishing equipment, safety gear, solar showers, etc.

  • All boating and safety equipment, including life jackets.

YOU BRING

  • Personal clothes and toiletries.

  • Fishing license (if applicable)

  • Camera or phone for capturing the memories

  • Alcoholic beverages (we provide non-alcoholic beverages)

  • Tips for guides

WHAT TO EXPECT

The Rogue River in the fall ranges from hot and sunny, to cool and rainy. In the same trip (or the same day) you may want your sunscreen and your rain gear. You will be sent a detailed packing list, and we recommend checking the weather and packing accordingly. Please note that this area is prone to fall wildfires which can impact visibility and air quality. If wildfires are present at the time of your trip, we will contact you with further information. In most cases we do not cancel trips due to smoke.

Frequently asked questions

Is this a good trip for families with children?


We recommend this trip for any families with children age 8 and older, due to the class of whitewater on the river. You'll be able to sit back and enjoy the river while the kiddos play in the water, discover wildlife, and enjoy drinks and snacks that you don't need to prepare or clean up. Please note that Arrowhead staff are not trained childcare professionals, and you will be responsible for your children at all times.




Can you accommodate dietary restrictions?


Yes! We can accommodate almost all food allergies and dietary restrictions. After you have booked your trip, we'll send you a questionnaire where you can tell us any dietary restrictions you may have based on preference, religion, or allergies. For severe food allergies we will do everything we can to minimize the risk of cross contamination between foods, but it is never possible to remove the risk entirely. Let's chat if you have concerns. Please note, some food substitutes are significantly more expensive to purchase and prepare, and a small fee may be added to your trip to account for dietary requests.




What should I pack?


Once you have booked your trip we will send you a detailed packing list based on your trip's season and location. Our goal is to provide any specialty river or camping gear you may need, so you don't have to go out and purchase anything new for your trip. Basic items for all trips include:

  • Swimsuit
  • River clothing (quick dry items)
  • Camp clothes (warm cozy layers for cool evenings)
  • Hiking shoes
  • River sandals
  • Toiletries
  • Sunglasses and hat
  • Camera
  • Personal medications
  • Book or journal




What are you doing to protect against COVID-19?


For information on our current COVID-19 practices, please see our COVID-19 page.




Is it ok if I’ve never been camping or before?


Yes! No experience is necessary for any of our trips. We love to introduce newcomers to the world of rivers and camping. You're welcome to sit back and relax while we handle everything, or we'd be happy to teach you about camp cooking, setting up a tent, basic boating skills, or whatever else you'd like to learn. And of course there is no camping requirement for lodge-supported trips.




Are there bathroom and shower facilities?


Lodge supported trips: All lodge rooms will have showers and toilets. Camping trips: On camping river trips we use a camp toilet system called a groover, which will be set up near camp. We set up a privacy tent around the toilet and strive to give you the best view possible while you relax and take care of business. Many folks find that using the camp toilet is easier, cleaner, and far more scenic than they expected. We will also have warm water solar showers set up with privacy tents for your use. Give us a call or email with any specific questions or concerns - we want you to feel comfortable on your trip, and there are no stupid questions.




What is the cancellation policy?


For complete cancellation policy info please visit our cancellation policy page.




Will I have internet access and cell phone reception?


In some areas you may get a few bars on your phone, but you should not plan on reliable phone or internet access. In the event of an emergency, we take a satellite phone on all trips.




What are the risks I should be aware of?


On any river expedition, there are inherent risks. We work hard to plan ahead and prepare for incidents that may occur. As a participant, safety concerns you should be aware of are:

  • Water safety
  • Wildlife
  • Sunburn
  • Illness
Simple tools to manage those risks are:
  • Wear lifejackets and follow guide instruction while swimming
  • Don't touch or approach wildlife, take photos at a distance, follow guide instructions for black bear habitat.
  • Apply sunscreen early and often
  • Wash hands frequently