WHEN IS THE BEST TIME OF THE YEAR TO TAKE A ROGUE RIVER RAFTING TRIP?
Price: $99/adult, $89/youth (+$20 for Mid-Day with lunch)
Meet Time: 8:15 a.m., 10:15 a.m. (mid-day), or 1:15 p.m. at our Rafting Center
Season: Three times per day, April 1st – September 30th
Minimum Age: 6 Years Old
Half-day Rogue River rafting trips offer a quick escape and introduction to Southern Oregon’s Rogue River. First-time rafters and families with children will appreciate the steady progression of rapids that end with two large Class III/IV rapids.
Morning trips meet at 8:15 a.m., afternoon trips meet at 1:15 p.m., and the mid-day trip meets at 10:15 a.m. Mid-day trips include a delicious river side lunch.
The section of river that we run is known as the “Nugget” stretch and is named after the the first big rapid. Between the start and finish there are calm places to practice paddling and sitting in the raft, there are surf waves that are fun to play in, and there are class I and II rapids that keep things interesting.
Our rafting ends at the Sports Park in Gold Hill, Oregon. From there it is about a 30 minute drive back our Rafting Center. Our standard morning trips are generally back by 12:15 (12:30 at the very latest) and our standard 1:15 trips are normally back by 5:15 (5:30 at the very latest). Mid-day trips return to around 3:15 (3:30 at the very latest).
All of our half-day Rogue River rafting trips meet at our Rafting Center, located at 205 Fern Valley Road Suite K, Phoenix, Oregon 97535 near downtown Phoenix, Oregon. For morning trips, please arrive by 8:15. For Mid-Day trips, please arrive by 10:15. For afternoon trips, please arrive by 1:15. There is a parking lot available for your use behind our building. At the conclusion of our morning and afternoon Rogue rafting trips we do provide some snacks and beverages, however, these are not full-blown meals. We highly encourage all of guests to eat a meal prior to joining us. Our Mid-Day trips (10:15 meet time) include a gourmet riverside lunch. We provide plenty of drinking water during the course of your rafting trip. Some of our guests prefer to bring their own personal water bottle – which is perfectly fine – and can be filled at our Rafting Center.
Bring shoes and clothes that you won’t mind getting wet. Sandals without heel straps tend to slip off, but Tevas, Chacos, or old sneakers work great. Sunglasses are highly recommended as well as chums to keep them on your head. During the summer months, swim trunks and a normal t-shirt are fine. For spring or early summer trips when the air and water temperature are cooler please do not wear any cotton as it will keep you cold. We do provide wetsuits, booties, and splash jackets free of charge if desired. Sunscreen, lip balm, and a hat all provide sun protection. A helmet will be required for some parts of the trip but you are welcome to wear your hat underneath a helmet or during the stretches when a helmet is not required.
Valuables such as your wallet, purse, or earrings should be locked in your vehicle or left at our Rafting Center. Your car keys should be left inside our Rafting Center and not taken on the river with you. Having a change of clothes either at our Rafting Center or left in your vehicle is a good idea, as well as a towel (which can be left in the van).
WHEN IS THE BEST TIME OF THE YEAR TO TAKE A ROGUE RIVER RAFTING TRIP?
Fortunately, the Rogue River flows year-round. When the temperature starts to heat up in early April, we start to think about getting on the water. Our first trips of the season are normally in April. The two warmest months are July and August.
WHAT’S THE DIFFERENCE IN THE STRETCHES OF THE ROGUE?
For rafting, there are two stretches of the Rogue that are the most popular. The first is the “Upper Rogue” – this is the section that we run. The second is the “Lower Rogue”. The Wild & Scenic stretch of the Rogue River is a multi-day river trip of roughly 40 miles in length.
HOW OLD DO I NEED TO BE TO GO RAFTING?
The minimum age on our Upper Rogue rafting trips is 6. Occasionally, when flows are high, the age limit is raised to 12.
HOW DO I MAKE A RESERVATION?
Once you have an idea of when you would like to go, just give our office staff a call at 541-282-4535. They have helpful information and can assist you with your decision as well as give you up to the minute availability information. A good thing to keep in mind is the earlier you can make your reservation or inquiry, the greater the likelihood the time frame you’re looking at will be available. We are limited in the number of guests we can accommodate, and trips often fill quickly. You can also request a reservation or ask for more information by submitting our Reservation Form.
HOW IS THE WEATHER IN THE ROGUE RIVER VALLEY?
In May, temperatures sometimes exceed 85 degrees but we occasionally experiences fronts of colder weather. July through August is the warmest season with temperatures frequently exceeding 90 degrees.
HOW MANY PEOPLE FIT IN A RAFT?
Most of the time rafts have up to six paddlers and a guide.
WHAT KIND OF GEAR WILL I NEED TO BRING?
You should bring clothing and shoes that you don’t mind getting wet. If it’s chilly, wetsuits and splash jackets are provided free of charge.
SHOULD I BRING VALUABLES ON THE TRIP?
We suggest that you leave your valuables at home when rafting with us. Expensive jewelry, watches, and cameras that are not waterproof add little to your trip experience and can cause heartache if they are lost or damaged.
WHAT KIND OF RAFTS DO YOU USE?
Our fleet of boats includes SOTAR, NRS, Avon, and Vanguard.
WHAT ABOUT GRATUITIES?
Guests often inquire whether it is acceptable to leave a gratuity for their guide at the conclusion of their trip. If you felt your guide was exceptional, you should feel free to give him or her a token of your appreciation. A typical gratuity is between 15% and 20% of the trip fare, but guides are appreciative of any gesture. In the spirit of teamwork, our guides typically pool their gratuities at the conclusion of the trip.
IF I ARRIVE A DAY OR TWO EARLY, ARE THERE ANY GOOD HOTELS OR BED AND BREAKFASTS NEAR BY?
Absolutely. Ashland is well known for having fantastic lodging options. Check outwww.VisitingAshlandOregon.com for a complete list of things to do in the area.
HOW LONG IS THE DRIVE TIME TO THE ROGUE RIVER FROM PHOENIX, OREGON?
The Rogue River is about a 20 minute drive from Phoenix.
ARE THERE AIRPORTS NEARBY?
Yes, Medford International is only 20 minutes away from our Rafting Center.
Groups of 6+……10% Discount
Groups of 12+……15% Discount
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