We are a family-run whitewater rafting company based in Ashland, Oregon. Our business adventure began when we opened our doors for our first trip on April 17th, 2011. It snowed and we thought “What are we doing?” At the time, we had three rafts, one van, a few nervous guides, and zero customers. Today we are humbled to be the trusted outfitter to thousands of visitors traveling to Southern Oregon, as well as the local’s choice when it comes to backyard adventures.
Hard work pays off, and we are continuously motivated to provide better experiences for our customers. Our motivation to grow and reach new customers stems from our belief that being outside is simply good for the soul. The river captures moments when things are simple, things that matter are clear, and provides a platform for experiences that create lasting memories.
As our operation has expanded, the culture and values of Indigo Creek Outfitters remain the same as they were when we embarked on our journey in 2011. As a family-run business, our focus is on families with kids who might be experiencing a rafting trip for the first time. We know first-hand the unique challenges of vacationing with young kids, particularly doing an activity as a family when one or two people may be nervous.
Both Will and Julie have active roles in the business. When you call, chances are good that you’ll speak directly with Julie. When you visit our Rafting Center, Will may be greeting you as you walk through the door. We are both committed to staying connected with our customers and having a presence in our business. Over the course of thousands of river miles, we’ve discovered that it might be whitewater and the thrill that draws people to our business, but it’s the people – family, old friends, new friends, and our guides – that bring our customers back for another trip. The same is true for us – we love being outside and spending time on the river, but it’s sharing these special places with others that makes it worthwhile. We feel lucky to have the best customers on Earth.
As you begin to plan your adventure, please keep us in mind as a resource. Whether you decide to raft with us or someone else, the most important thing is that you have an enjoyable experience on a beautiful river in Southern Oregon.
We will look forward to sharing an adventure with you.
Will, Julie, Elijah, Carson, Emma, and the crew at Indigo Creek Outfitters
How has Indigo Creek Outfitters emerged as an industry leader in Southern Oregon?
Our customers choose us because of our approach to rafting trips, our caring and experienced crew of guides, and because of our proven ability to deliver incredible experiences time and time again.
A letter from Will Volpert, founder of Indigo Creek Outfitters
“There is nothing- absolutely nothing- half so much worth doing as simply messing about in boats.”
– Rat to Mole, Wind in the Willows
Whenever I see this quote I think back to a house in Salmon, Idaho. The image that comes to mind is this: coolers leaning against the fence, a crew cab full of excited river guides pulling up to the house, and my brothers and me jumping back and forth between tubes on a blown up raft in the driveway.
Summer was an exciting time in our family. I always took it as the norm, the fact that the day after school got out we would load up the suburban with everything we would need for three months and leave Point Reyes, California. A night in Winnemucca, Nevada, was a routine, and from there to Salmon, Idaho, completed the trip the following day.
Once in Salmon guides would begin to arrive. Our house was a “guide house” and on certain nights there could be up to 10 guides sleeping on the deck, in the other rooms, on the couches, etc. And that was in addition to our family of five. It was a full house in many ways: full of excitement, full of food, full of noise, and full of people who would become role models for my brothers and me.
1988: Matt, Will, and parents Mary and Bob on the Deschutes River, Oregon.
It was from this house that my parents ran their outfitting business. Six-day trips on Idaho’s Middle Fork and Main Salmon Rivers were planned, packed, and pushed off from the house on Broadway. Countless memories, life changing moments, eye-opening realizations, and relationships were formed on trips that began and ended at the house.
1992: Will Volpert, Joe Slattery, and Bob Volpert on the Middle Fork of the Salmon, Idaho.
As a young kid there was a lot to absorb in what many would call the “river culture”. We were around guides all the time. Our parents would send us out on six-day trips with simple instructions like “do as you’re told” or “listen to Tom” and we’d spend a week floating the river and roaming the hillsides of the beautiful Frank Church Wilderness Area.
1994: Volpert brothers Skip, Will, and Matt on the Main Salmon, Idaho.
My parents are still outfitters in Idaho. My younger brothers, Matt and Skip, are guides and I’ve spent the last few seasons bouncing around between rivers in Idaho, Oregon, and California. To put it simply the river is in our blood.
Indigo Creek Outfitters officially started in January of 2011 but you could say it’s been in the works since I was six months old, on my first river trip, a three-day Wild & Scenic Rogue in 1986. My hope is that we can deliver to you an outdoor experience that creates a lasting memory. Just as the house on Broadway is etched in my mind, as the smell of Ponderosa is forever present, and as the people who shaped my life will never be forgotten – I want you to have an experience you will never forget.
My name is Will Volpert and I would be ecstatic if you would join me on the river.