Wild and Scenic Rogue River
Float among golden oak trees and splash through rapids in this unique coastal canyon.
Looking for a unique Pacific Northwest outdoor adventure? Join us for exciting rapids and gorgeous scenery on the world class Wild and Scenic Rogue River.
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 four or 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, and you'll have access to the Rogue River Trail, which parallels the river through the length of the canyon.
This adventure features sections of smooth glassy water as well as significant whitewater rapids. Rainey Falls 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.
There are limited summer trips available, but we mostly offer the unique opportunity to see the Rogue 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.
We will meet you near the river at the start of the trip and drive you back to your vehicle at the end of the trip. For an additional fee you can arrange to have your personal vehicle shuttled to the takeout. We recommend the personal vehicle shuttle if you are planning to visit the coast, Crater Lake, the Redwoods, or any other local attractions before heading home.
We will explore the river in Arrowhead River Adventures whitewater rafts, typically with six participants and one guide per boat. Experienced guides will show you all the river has to offer, including side hikes along the Rogue River Trail, which parallels the river through the length of the canyon.
Depending on the trip, we offer riverside camping or accommodation in historic lodges along the river (based upon availability, please book early), or a mix of both. All equipment is provided on camping trips. Lodge stays includes a private room and bathroom with a hot shower.
During lodge stays, lodge staff prepare two delicious meals a day, and you'll enjoy riverside lunches prepared by Arrowhead staff. While camping, our river guides will prepare meals, and of course there will be no shortage of snacks.
Starting at $1,250/person plus 3% permit fee and $10/person public lands use fee.
Rogue River near Merlin, OR.
Nearest airport is Rogue Valley International-Medford Airport (MFR)
Camping or lodge accommodation
Sporty: Class I-IV rapids
ALL TRIPS INCLUDE
Talented, fun, and experienced guides.
Three delicious meals a day, plus snacks.
All boating and safety equipment, including life jackets and helmets.
Water, hot drinks, and powdered sports drinks.
Dry bags for transporting your personal items.
Satellite communication device in the event of an emergency (there is no cell service in the river corridor).
Personal clothes and toiletries.
Beer, wine, spirits, and soft drinks
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.