Scott River Rafting
CLASS V RAFTING IN NORTHERN CALIFORNIA
Scott River Rafting
Meet Time: 7:30 a.m. at our Rafting Center
Dates: April 15 – May 31
Minimum Age: 16 years old
In Northern California’s Klamath River drainage flows a river unknown to many but a handful of experienced river-runners. The Scott River’s journey starts as a calm meandering stream in the Scott River Valley. As the river leaves the valley, it pauses as if contemplating whether to move downstream and then charges full throttle toward the Klamath River.
This is where our adventure begins. During the spring runoff the swollen river churns through large boulder fields producing a classic Class IV and V adventure.
The Scott River is a free-flowing stream that relies heavily on snowmelt. The river is cold, the whitewater is huge and technical, and your adventurous spirit should be high if you are interested in trying out the Scott River.
Trips meet at the Indigo Creek Outfitters Rafting Center near downtown Phoenix, Oregon. While on the river we pull over for lunch about half-way through the run. We are typically back to Phoenix between 5:00 and 6:00 p.m.
When is the best time of the year to raft the Scott River?
The Scott typically runs between March and early June. This depends greatly on the snowpack in the nearby area.
How old do I need to be to go on an Scott River rafting trip?
The minimum age on our Scott River rafting trips is 16 years old.
How do I make a reservation?
Once you have an idea of when you would like to go, 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 place your reservation online.
How is the weather on the Scott River?
The Scott River has a touch of unpredictability. We always plan on the weather and water being cold and you should too. It’s easier to cool off than warm up.
How many people fit in a raft?
Most of the time rafts have up to six paddlers and a guide.
How many folks can we book on a trip?
Our Scott River trips have a limit of 12 people.
What kind of gear will I need to bring?
You should bring warm, non-cotton, clothes. Bring a change of clothes for the conclusion of the trip. We provide wetsuits, booties, and splash jackets free of charge. For additional comfort, bring some good base layers that are not cotton.
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?
We pride ourselves in running only top of the line rafts and equipment. Our rafts are Vanguard Inflatables that offer durability and comfort.
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 out www.VisitingAshlandOregon.com for a complete list of things to do in the area.
How long is the drive time for the Scott River from Ashland, Oregon?
The Scott River is a scenic hour and a half drive from Ashland over the Siskiyou Mountain Range and down the Klamath River.
Are there airports nearby?
Yes, Medford International is only 20 minutes away from our Rafting Center.
Are there other fun things that we can do in conjunction with a rafting trip with Indigo Creek Outfitters?
Certainly. Ashland is world-famous for Shakespeare productions, fine dining, and spectacular lodging.
How to Prepare
All of our full-day Scott River rafting trips meet at 117 South Main Street, Phoenix, Oregon 97535. Please arrive by 7:30 a.m. During our Scott River rafting trips we provide a delicious breakfast and lunch.
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. 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 during the trip but you are welcome to wear your hat underneath a helmet.
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).
The Indigo Creek Experience
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