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Oregon Rafting
Rogue River Lodge to Lodge

Rogue River Vacation Questions

A rafting vacation in Oregon on the Rogue River often entails many questions. What type of boats are used? How does camping on the river work? What is the food like? What do I need to bring and what is supplied by the outfitter? You'll find answers to all these questions and many more in the categories below.

Reservations & Cancellations

What deposit is required?

An initial deposit of $300 per person is required to secure your space. Deposits may be made by check or credit card (Visa, MasterCard, Discover, or American Express).

Can I hold space without a deposit?

We are happy to put a courtesy hold on seats for a 48-hour period of time, we do not require a deposit at this time. Based on the timing of the courtesy hold prior to the trip departure, we may be able to extend the hold time. You will receive an email letting you know that this courtesy hold will expire and you can call and book your seats.

When is final payment due?

Payment in full is due 90 days prior to trip departure and is non-refundable. Payment may be paid by check (preferably) or credit card.

How can I make payments?

For your convenience, we offer an automatic payment service to charge the balance due to your credit card 90 days prior to trip departure or you may make partial payments by credit card or check providing the full balance is paid 90 days prior to your trip. We reserve the right to cancel your reservation if full payment is not collected by the due date. You may also make payments towards your balance prior to the final due date. These payments may be made online or by phone. Installment payments can be scheduled to run automatically if requested. For payments over $10,000 and for large international payments, a check or wire transfer is preferred.

What is the cancellation and refund policy?

An initial deposit of $300 per person is required to secure your space. This deposit is non-refundable. Payment in full is due 90 days prior to trip departure and is non-refundable.

Our cancellation policy applies in every instance and there will be no exceptions for any reason. Western River Expeditions will not issue any refund for arriving late or leaving a trip early whether voluntary or caused by other circumstances. Western River Expeditions is not responsible for any expenses incurred due to travel delays, flight cancellations, or illness. Western River Expeditions assumes no financial responsibility for personal injury, emergency evacuation, or personal equipment lost or damaged in any way.

Your trip operator, ROW Adventures, reserves the right, either prior to or after departure, in its good-faith discretion and in circumstances that warrant it, to change or re-price any tour, trip, or expedition. This includes the possibility of moving to different river or river segment due to extreme water conditions, forest fires, road closures and/or acts of God. If we are not able to provide a substitute trip, river, or altered itinerary and have to cancel the departure completely, you will be refunded in full. Refunds are limited to the amount actually paid. ROW Adventures reserves the right to cancel trips that are below the trip minimum (usually 6 persons). All trip members will be notified a minimum of 30 days before the trip departs and will receive a full refund.

Is cancellation insurance available?

If you are concerned about the possibility of having to cancel, you will find information about cancellation coverage at www.travelguard.com/westernriver.

Some of the most difficult situations occur when a guest needs to cancel a few days before a trip because of an injury, a family illness, or some other catastrophic event. In these situations, we generally do not have time to refill the space. Yet, we have already spent considerable time, money, and energy preparing for your trip: scheduling vehicles, flights, drivers, guides and equipment, purchasing food, etc. Because of our short season and very limited number of available seats, we cannot afford the financial loss that cancellations cause. Therefore, consider the investment you are making in your vacation and whether or not you could afford the loss if you did have to cancel.

What about tips and gratuities?

Your guides will make every effort to see that your trip is enjoyable and successful. Gratuities for guides are appropriate, greatly appreciated and at your discretion, as a gesture of thanks for their professionalism and service. A suggested guideline is 10 percent of the trip cost. The common practice is to give the gratuity to the trip leader on the last night. It will later be divided equally with the rest of the crew. Paying in cash is the most common form of payment though you can always bring along a check and make it out to the trip leader.

**At each lodge, if you feel that you have been well served, we recommend a $5.00 per guest gratuity be given to the staff after breakfast each morning.
Are departures guaranteed?

There is a minimum requirement of 6 passengers to confirm any launch. Not all travel dates are guaranteed. Should the trip be canceled without another option, all trip members will be notified a minimum of 30 days before the trip departs and will receive a full refund. Any outside travel expenses (airlines, hotels, etc) are not included as refundable.

What if the date I want is sold out?

If the particular date and trip are not available, we are happy to put your name on our waitlist in the event we should have a cancellation for that trip and date. Western River offers many other rafting destinations and we are happy to discuss other trips that would work as an option.

How far in advance should I make my reservation?

We will be able to take reservations a year in advance of a trip departure (the season prior). You can check availability and make your reservation online or call anyone in our office for availability and reservations.

Groups & Charters

What is the maximum number of guests on this trip?

The maximum permitted capacity on a Rogue River trip is 23 passengers.

How many guests per raft?

On a Rogue River trip, raft options on the river are oar boats, paddle rafts and inflatable kayaks. An oar boat can take 4 guests with the guide comfortably. An oar boat will have only the guide with oars to paddle. A paddle raft has a maximum capacity of 6 passengers and 1 guide. On a paddle raft, all guests and guide will paddle together. There are single and double inflatable kayaks, affectionately called “duckies” available for those who want to take on the challenge of the rapids alone or with one other guest (no guide on a duckie).

Can I charter my own private trip?

On the Rogue River Lodge to Lodge rafting trips, chartering your own private trip is easy. Get your group together to celebrate a special occasion, family reunion, etc. To confirm your own launch date, pay for 19 friends and/or family and the 20th passenger will go for free! Your private charter size will be set at 20 passengers.

What about group discounts?

Book 19 friends and/or family and the organizer (20th passenger) will go for free!

What is the easiest way to get my friends booked on the same trip?

In order to make sure you and your friends are all booked on the same trip, Western River can send you our direct booking link for that particular trip date. You can then forward that link to the friends and family you want to travel with. Your guests will make their own reservations online and note that they are traveling in your group. You can also arrange to put a large number of seats on a courtesy hold, as your friends and family call in to make their reservation, we put you all in the same group on the roster.

What if I’m traveling solo?

Any river trip is a great experience for solo travelers. Meet like-minded, adventurous, new friends! On the Rogue River trips, your lodging on the river is based on double occupancy. If traveling solo, keep in mind that those nights would incur a single supplement fee.

Physical Requirements

What are the physical requirements for this trip?

A whitewater rafting trip can be both thrilling and challenging. Participation requires an appropriate mind set. The same qualities that make a river trip appealing to most people can present real difficulties to others. We desire to strike the appropriate balance between encouraging our guests to stretch themselves and making sure they are protected from harm.

The remoteness of the location, rugged terrain, and being outdoors are a major part of the appeal. We take pride in our ability to accommodate a variety of disabilities and strive to make our trips as accessible as possible. However, a river trip is not for everyone. The last thing we want is for you to be miserable or to get injured. Your decision to participate should be carefully evaluated.

What about hiking?

Hiking while on a Rogue River rafting trip will be diverse and varied. The beauty of this Wild and Scenic environment in this pristine wilderness canyon can find you surrounded by ferns and lush vegetation one minute and expansive old oak and cedar groves the next. Most of the hiking along the Rogue River is moderate in grade and easy for everyone to enjoy.

As we travel down river, we make occasional stops to lead “side hikes” which can be either very short and relatively easy, or much longer, covering significant distances and elevation. We hike over uneven, rocky, and often steep surfaces, hiking is encouraged and yet optional.

Do I need to know how to swim to go on this trip?

You need to be comfortable floating in the water while wearing a life jacket and you need the ability to propel yourself through the water to assist in your own rescue should you fall out of the raft. Falling off the boat into the river, or having your boat capsize is one of the inherent risks associated with whitewater rafting. If this happens, you will need the ability to self-rescue by swimming to the boat or to shore.

Each guest wears a life jacket and the life jackets, if worn properly, are very effective at keeping you above water, but if you are unable to swim, it can still be a threatening situation because the waters are turbulent.

Self-Sufficiency

A river trip is a participatory experience and requires each guest to be reasonably self-sufficient. The guides will look after the safety and welfare of all the participants on the trip, but you are also responsible for your own safety! The guides will provide you with the information and tools you need to participate; however, they already fill nearly every minute of their day performing their duties on behalf of the group. They will not be able to devote a lot of extra time to any one individual on the trip.

Remote Location

Our trips are operated in the “backcountry.” At any given time, you will be a minimum of several hours away from medical help. The guides are all trained in wilderness first aid and some have even higher levels of emergency response training (e.g., EMT), however, sometimes injuries or the aggravation of pre-existing medical conditions are severe enough to require evacuation from the trip. The guides carry satellite phones but they are not 100 percent reliable in all locations.

Weather

On the same trip, you may experience extreme cold, heat, wind and perfectly comfortable conditions. For this reason, we encourage our guests to bring everything from shorts to substantial rain gear. Shade is often scarce, so adequate sun block lotion and sun protective clothing is a must.

Boats
Getting on and off the boats can be very challenging. We park the boats against a variety of terrain such as rocks, steep sandy beaches, and flat locations. The boat is sometimes moving up and down and side to side when tied up in faster current. Boats may also be slippery and they have uneven surfaces.
Falling off the raft

Falling off a boat into the river, or having your boat capsize is one of the inherent risks associated with whitewater rafting. If this happens, you will need the ability to self-rescue by swimming to the boat or to shore. If you end up on shore, you will need to traverse a rocky shoreline to rejoin the boat which cannot maneuver upstream.

For those participants who have heart conditions or who are very overweight, falling into the river also presents the possibility of a “cold-water immersion heart attack.” This is caused when the person swimming cannot calm his/her breathing within a reasonable amount of time (generally 60 seconds).

Life Jackets

Each guest wears a life jacket and they are very effective at keeping you above water, but if you are unable to swim, it can still be a threatening situation because the waters are turbulent. The life jackets we use are certified by the United States Coast Guard and are approved for use by our managing agencies (National Park Service, Bureau of Land Management & Utah State Parks & Recreation). They are classified as “Type V Whitewater” jackets, and they come in two basic sizes “Youth” and “Adult Universal.”

Youth jackets fit someone weighing between 50 and 90 pounds (23-41kg). An Adult Universal Jacket is rated “for persons weighing more than 90 pounds (41kg).” They are highly adjustable and fit a range of chest sizes from 30 - 58 inches (76-147 cm). Body shape can also affect the proper fit of the jacket. If you are unsure, call and speak with us. If necessary, we’ll mail you one of our jackets and you can try it on.

The Importance of Full Disclosure

We don’t want to be overly discouraging, but it is important for your safety and comfort that we be forthcoming about the specific challenges presented on a river trip. It is also vitally important that you disclose any and all physical, emotional, and mental conditions, limitations, or challenges you or your children may have. Likewise, it is important to be completely honest about the age and weight of children. Undisclosed medical or physical conditions might affect the safety and well-being of you and/or other participants on the trip. It is critical that you share this information with us in advance so that we can help keep you safe.

We cannot absolutely guarantee your safety, or the suitability of a trip like this for you. For a participant who is not capable of meeting these criteria, a river trip, particularly a multi-day trip, can be unpleasant, dangerous, or even fatal. For those who meet these criteria, these trips are often the best experiences of their lives. The difference is in determining your suitability for a trip, then selecting the right trip for you, and arriving physically and mentally prepared to actively and joyfully participate in the experience.

We encourage you to carefully evaluate your overall physical, mental, and emotional condition in relation to these environmental challenges. If you have concerns or questions about your physical condition, we recommend you also consult your physician. If you have questions about the specific parameters of a rafting trip, please contact our office at 1-800-453-7450 or 801-942-6669. We would be happy to provide any other information you need to make this decision, or to discuss any of this information in detail.

Traveling with Children

What is the age limit for this trip and is it flexible?

The minimum age on a Rogue River trip is 5 years old.

What if my kids are picky eaters?

The food is fantastic and there is plenty of it. If your kids are picky eaters and you know what they like, you are welcome to bring along extra food items that your child prefers. Please note on lodge trips the lodges provide meals from a set menu, therefore they may not be as flexible with their options.

Is this the best trip for younger children?

The Rogue River is a great trip for kids with playful rapids and hikes to explore your surroundings. An extensive amount of wildlife from deer, river otter, eagles, osprey, bear and salmon keep you entertained with the beautiful surroundings.

Preparing & Packing

What should I bring?

A detailed, trip specific packing list will be provided upon confirmation of your reservation. All guests are given a gear bag for their duffel bags and a day bag to use for smaller items like camera, sunscreen, necessary medications at the pre-trip orientation. Be prepared with your river clothes and personal hygiene items in a soft sided duffel bag. You will want to pack your gear bag the night prior to trip departure with your duffel bag so that you will be ready for the trip first thing in the morning. All guests should come dressed and ready to raft on the first day. River attire is very casual – comfort and convenience take precedence over style! Wear clothing in layers for early morning cool temperatures and warmer afternoons. Quick drying material, such as nylon or capilene is the best for river wear, cotton items when they get wet may take days to dry.

Do I need a wetsuit?

Early in the rafting season on the Rogue River, May and June, you will want to be prepared with layers of clothing. A splash jacket and rain gear are important clothing items for the early season. Water temperatures can be in the 60’s earlier in the season so these clothing items will protect you from the cold water rapids. While blue skies and sunshine are predominant, rain can happen any time so rain gear is important!

Can I bring my own life jacket or PFD?

Guests are not allowed to bring their own life jacket or PFD. Outfitters are subject to regulations promulgated by the National Park Service, Bureau of Land Management and State Parks. All three of these agencies require that guests of commercial outfitters wear Type V Whitewater life jackets. Personal life jackets are usually meant for lake sports and even Type III jackets, meant for kayaking or canoeing, are not acceptable for use by our guests.

Fortunately, the newer generations of Type V life jackets are very comfortable. They also have a lot more flotation than the typical personal jacket.

What about fishing on the river?

Fishing on the Rogue River is good, especially in the fall months when water is cooler. The Rogue River is specifically regulated for certain species of fish. September is a good time to be fishing the Rogue as Salmon and Steelhead start moving in.

How should I be dressed the morning of my rafting trip?

Come dressed in shorts, top, swimming suit, water shoes, hat, sunglasses. Wear what can get wet and dry quickly. During early season, make sure to have your rain gear handy.

What about sun protection?

Bring along plenty of sunscreen for any rafting trip. Daytime temperatures can climb into the 80’s and 90’s. Hats and sunglasses are very important items. A sarong or head buff can also protect you while in direct sun.

Can I bring a camera on the river? What about charging it?

Cameras can be charged if guests bring a portable charging device. Alternately, cameras can be charged if guests bring a portable charging device. We recommend bringing extra batteries or a battery pack, rather than relying on a solar charger. If a cell phone is used for picture taking, it should be in airplane mode to conserve battery life, and be in a waterproof case.

This video features some excellent camera tips:


Guidelines for camera use on the river:

You are free to film and shoot photos during our trips, however, we ask that you consult with your guide before doing so. We have some guidelines you will be asked to follow. These include:

  • Shooting from an appropriate location - Wearing a camera in certain locations could endanger yourself or others around you. If your guide feels that your use of a camera may put you or another guest in danger, you may be asked to put the camera away or move to a safer location for filming.
  • No pole mounts or extension devices on rafts - Cameras cannot be mounted to poles or other extension devices while on rafts as this may endanger you or other guests.
  • Shut down cameras in emergency situations - For the privacy of those involved and your own personal safety, you will be expected to shut your camera down if first aid is being rendered or in an emergency situation. We need all guests to remain alert and undistracted from filming or taking pictures in such situations.
  • Anticipate battery or card change necessities - If you see your card getting full or battery getting low, change them ahead of time during an appropriate moment. Rafts or vehicles cannot be stopped to change batteries or memory cards.
  • Cameras may be damaged or lost - We cannot guarantee the safety of your camera. It may become wet, sandy, lost in the river, dropped on a hike, etc.
  • Respect the privacy of others - If someone does not want to be filmed or photographed, please respect their privacy.
  • If you’re wondering what type of camera is most suitable for the river, here are a few thoughts.

    Waterproof/Shockproof Digital Cameras - These cameras are perfect for everyday use and have become very affordable with most at $100 to $300. They’re rugged and waterproof, but also elegant and trim like any other digital camera.

    GoPro and Similar Cameras - Together with their durable waterproof cases, these cameras can take some nice shots while on and off the water. Generally, the wide angle zoom cannot be adjusted so this should be taken into consideration. We ask that you plan to mount these cameras only with the head strap or helmet mount options (bring your own helmet). You will not be allowed to mount the cameras anywhere on the rafts during travel on the river.

    Larger SLR Cameras - It is possible to bring a larger SLR camera, but be sure to have something sturdy to protect it. We recommend a hard-shell Pelican Case if you’re planning to bring a more expensive camera. Space is limited on the boats, so we try to keep additional camera equipment minimal.

    Aquapac - This is a good solution if you aren’t in the market for a brand new camera, but just want to protect the one you have. It is a flexible waterproof housing to fit a number of camera types -- including video cameras. You do need to make sure the plastic housing stays clean as you’re shooting through it, but a lot of our guests find this to be a nice solution.

    See it at Red Rock Outfitters

    Batteries and Cards - While your are in remote areas during your trip, there will not be any location to charge your batteries or devices. Consider bringing extra batteries and memory cards and don't forget to charge your extra batteries before you get to the river.

    Small Float - You might consider attaching your camera to a small float that may save your camera if you happen to drop it in the river. GoPro sells a small, attachable float that fits on the back of the camera housing that many of our guests find useful.

    How do I protect my belongings from getting wet?

    Personal belongings for your Rogue River rafting trip should be placed in the soft-sided duffel bag and put into the gear bag that is provided to you at the beginning of your trip. This gear bag will be stored away each day on the rafts. You will also have a smaller, day use dry bag to put items like sunscreen, camera, medications, lip balm, etc into. This bag will be with you each day on the raft. These bags are waterproof and will keep your personal items dry.

    What gear is provided with the trip?

    On a Rogue River Lodge to Lodge trip, you have the convenience of sleeping in a bed and access to a bathroom at night. All bedding and towels are provided. A personal gear bag is provided for your duffel bag and a smaller dry bag for daily use is also provided.

    What do I do with extra luggage?

    Any extra luggage that does not need to go with you on the river can stay at Morrison’s Lodge.

    What if I need to take medications?

    We will want to make a careful note on our rosters about any medical conditions. Please let us know when making your reservation if you will need to have your medications kept in a cool place. You can carry your medications in your smaller, day bag if you need access during the day, otherwise, you can put them away in your duffel bag to have when off the river at night.

    On the River

    What is a typical day on the river?

    Coffee and tea are served in the main lodge dining room around 7:00 am with breakfast served around 7:30 to 8:00 am. After breakfast, you will pack your dry bags to load on the rafts. Once all packed for the river, around 9:30, the group gets on their way for another new river adventure. You will experience plenty of rapids, dramatic scenery, wildlife and take side hikes to see original homesteads. After a morning of river rafting, you will stop for lunch around 12:00 noon. Your guides will fix lunch while you rest or take a hike. You will arrive at the next lodge each day around 4:30 or 5:00. Appetizers and dinner will be prepared at each lodge by their staff while you are assigned your cabin or room and clean up. Dinner is served family style, at a long table or round tables. Get a good night’s sleep because another day is just hours away!

    How much time is spent on the raft?

    Because you will want to experience all that the river has to offer, there will be time spent on side hikes as well as on the river, rafting. You can plan on an average of 1 - 2 hours at a time on the rafts.

    What about rapids and water levels?

    The rapids on the Rogue River make a perfect rafting adventure for your family. This river accommodates any experience level, whether beginner or intermediate, so anyone can enjoy the whitewater excitement. Famous rapids like Rainie Falls and Blossom Bar make the adrenaline-fueled trip absolutely unforgettable. Rapids are rated between class II and IV.

    What type of raft can I expect?

    Rogue River rafting trips allow you a variety of raft choices to experience. You can choose to raft in an oar boat (guide only rows), paddle raft (all guests have a paddle and share in the paddling experience with the guide) or single and double inflatable kayaks (known as “daring duckies”) each day.

    What is the water temperature on the river?

    The level of the river tends to be higher in the spring (May/June) and fall (September). Higher water means bigger splashes and cooler water temps. On the other hand, July and August have warmer water temps and slightly lower flows usually around 60 to 70 degrees.

    What about swimming?

    While not rafting the whitewater rapids, swimming in the Rogue River will add to your rafting adventure. There are all sorts of opportunities to float along with the rafts and cliff jump.

    What bathroom facilities are available during my trip?

    The Rogue River trip is operated in a remote, backcountry setting where there are no permanent bathroom facilities along the river. During the day while on the rafts, the guides will make frequent stops at which you can go to the bathroom. Liquid waste goes in the water by wading into the river or going for a swim. Once we reach each lodge for the evening, you will have access to flushing toilets from the time of your arrival until you depart the lodge.


    What do I do about feminine hygiene during the trip?

    If you expect to be menstruating during your trip, we recommend the use of tampons rather than pads. During the day, you will constantly be getting wet, so pads are not ideal. If you choose to use pads, we recommend wearing a good pair of waterproof rain pants.

    A good strategy is to bring several sandwich-sized ziplock bags pre-packed with individual tampons. The same bag can then be used for disposal after use. Toilet facilities will always be available at the lodges and the guides will stop as often as is necessary during the day to accommodate your needs. We will always provide a means for discreet disposal of feminine hygiene items. It is best that you bring your own supplies, but we also carry a supply of feminine hygiene products.

    Additional tips that have come from previous guests:

    • Bring a sarong that can be used for additional privacy. It also helps when changing clothes.
    • Wear a two-piece swimsuit such as a tankini with swimsuit bottoms covered by shorts. This is most comfortable for wearing life jackets, sitting on boats and going to the bathroom.
    • Bring hand sanitizer, baby wipes, and non-applicator tampons.
    Can I be contacted while on the river?

    It is not possible to be reached while on the river. You can leave the Western River office phone number (800-453-7450) or ROW Adventures office phone number (800-451-6034) with your family. A message can be waiting for you as soon as you are off of the river.

    Can I contact others while on the river?

    There will be no cell service while on a Rogue River trip. This is also your opportunity to unplug, leave the rest of the world behind and enjoy your surroundings.

    What if there is a medical situation on the river?

    Should there be a medical situation on the river, the guides will have access to Satellite phones to call for help. All guides are certified in first aid and river rescue. Many guides are certified as a Wilderness First Responder or Emergency Medical Technician. All guides carry a satellite phone along with a GPS on trips lasting three or more days. Satellite phones are used to contact emergency transport, including helicopters. Depending on the situation, weather and location evacuation can take from as little a couple of hours to 24 hours in extreme cases.

    Are there any guidelines about camera use on the river?

    We do have several guidelines and suggestions for camera use while on your trip. You are free to film and shoot photos during our trips, however, we ask that you consult with your guide before doing so. We have some guidelines you will be asked to follow. These include:

    • Shooting from an appropriate location - Wearing a camera in certain locations could endanger yourself or others around you. If you guide feels that your use of a camera may put you or another guest in danger, you may be asked to put the camera away or move to a safer location for filming.
    • No pole mounts or extension devices on rafts - Cameras cannot be mounted to poles or other extension devices while on rafts as this may endanger you or other guests.
    • Shut down cameras in emergency situations - For the privacy of those involved and your own personal safety, you will be expected to shut your camera down if first aid is being rendered or in an emergency situation. We need all guests to remain alert and not distracted by filming or taking pictures in such situations.
    • Anticipate battery or card change necessities - If you see your card getting full or battery getting low, change them ahead of time during an appropriate moment. Rafts or vehicles cannot be stopped to change batteries or memory cards.
    • Cameras may be damaged or lost - We cannot guarantee the safety of your camera. It may become wet, sandy, lost in the river, dropped on a hike, etc.
    • Respect the privacy of others - If someone does not want to be filmed or photographed, please respect their privacy.

    If you’re wondering what type of camera is most suitable for the river, here are a few thoughts.

    Waterproof/Shockproof Digital Cameras - These cameras are perfect for everyday use and have become very affordable with most at $100 to $300. They’re rugged and waterproof, but also elegant and trim like any other digital camera.

    GoPro and Similar Cameras - Together with their durable waterproof cases, these cameras can take some nice shots while on and off the water. Generally, the wide angle zoom cannot be adjusted so this should be taken into consideration. We ask that you plan to mount these cameras only with the head strap or helmet mount options (bring your own helmet). You will not be allowed to mount the cameras anywhere on the rafts during travel on the river.

    Larger SLR Cameras - It is possible to bring a larger SLR camera, but be sure to have something sturdy to protect it. We recommend a hard-shell Pelican Case if you’re planning to bring a more expensive camera. Space is limited on the boats, so we try to keep additional camera equipment minimal.

    Aquapac - This is a good solution if you aren’t in the market for a brand new camera, but just want to protect the one you have. It is a flexible waterproof housing to fit a number of camera types -- including video cameras. You do need to make sure the plastic housing stays clean as you’re shooting through it, but a lot of our guests find this to be a nice solution.

    See it at Red Rock Outfitters

    Batteries and Cards - While your are in remote areas during your trip, there will not be any location to charge your batteries or devices. Consider bringing extra batteries and memory cards and don't forget to charge your extra batteries before you get to the river.

    Small Float - You might consider attaching your camera to a small float that may save your camera if you happen to drop it in the river. GoPro sells a small, attachable float that fits on the back of the camera housing that many of our guests find useful.

    The Great Outdoors

    What can I expect at the lodges?

    A typical day on the river will have you arriving at your lodge for the night around 4:30 or 5:00. You will be assigned a cabin or room to clean up from your day on the river. You might want to take a short hike around the property, visit with your fellow travelers, or play a few games that are offered at the lodge. Appetizers and dinner will be prepared at each lodge by their staff. Dinner is served family style, at a long table or round tables at about 7:00 pm. After dinner, guests can play cards, visit, play the lodge guitar or go outside and gaze at a star-filled sky. Get a good night’s sleep because another day is just hours away! Coffee and tea is served in the lodge dining room around 7:00 am with breakfast served about 7:30. After breakfast it’s time to pack up and carry our gear back to the rafts on the river and launch around 9:00 a.m. for another day of exploring and fun.

    What are the sleeping arrangements during the trip?

    Rogue River Lodge to Lodge trips offer you the comforts of sleeping inside each night in a cabin of your own. Each room will have 2 beds with bathroom and shower.

    Can I bring a CPAP machine on the river?

    If you require a CPAP machine, please carefully evaluate your decision to participate on a river trip. The primary question to ask is, “am I physically fit enough to handle the physical demands?” More information is found under the section titled “What are the physical requirements for this trip?”

    The next question to ask yourself is, “can I complete the trip if my CPAP machine fails or my batteries don’t last?” Medical evacuation is only available for severe injury or an imminently life threatening condition. You need to be able to safely complete the trip without a working device!

    Guests who do bring these devices must bring a CPAP machine with a self-sufficient power supply. We have had guests surprised that the battery ran out the second night. The newer machines are amazingly compact with long-life battery technology, and some even have solar panels so you can re-charge while on the river.

    It is important that the guest know how long one battery can power their specific machine, and they must be able to complete the trip without health risk based on the timed battery life. Guests are also responsible for bringing the right adapters and to check the compatibility at home.

    Additionally, guests must be able to carry the battery and the machine off the boat and to the lodge each night with their regular gear. The generator power at the lodge cannot be used for a CPAP machine.

    Thank you for carefully considering additional challenges that traveling with a CPAP requires on a multi-day backcountry lodge and rafting expedition. It is important to us that you choose wisely, and come well prepared to self-sufficiently manage this need while in the backcountry.

    How do I bathe while on this trip?

    Each night in your room at the lodges, you will have your own shower. Towels and linens are provided.

    On a summer rafting trip, frequent swimming in the clear water leaves you feeling clean. For those guests who want to bathe near the river, it is always done well above the river’s high water line. Bio-degradable soap does not go in the river.

    What about bugs?

    Mosquitoes are rare on the Rogue River. There are sometimes bees and flies and it's a good idea to bring some repellent for the evening at the lodges. If you have a bee allergy be sure we know and bring your own medication.

    What do I do with jewelry while on the river?

    It is best to leave your jewelry behind. Rafting is an active vacation and jewelry often gets in the way. Earrings and necklaces can get caught on life jackets. Rings can also cause injuries when you are holding on tightly to ropes.

    Food & Beverage

    What meals are provided with the trip?

    The night prior to the trip departure will be dinner on your own. Breakfast on Day 1 is also on your own. Lunches each day will be provided on the river. Dinner on Day 1, 2 and 3 (if you are on a 4-day trip) are all provided at the lodges. Breakfast on Day 2, 3 and 4 (if you are on a 4-day trip) are also provided at the lodges.

    What is the food like?

    Meals prepared at the lodges are home cooked and hearty, you will not go hungry! Lunches are deli style meats and salads prepared by your guides on the river each day. The lodge staff prepare their meals from a set menu and are limited to what exceptions can be made. If you have special dietary needs, you are welcome to bring along your own food providing it does not have to be prepared by the guides or the lodge staff.

    What beverages are supplied and what can I bring?

    There will be juice, coffee and tea each morning. A limited supply of sodas and beers will be available each day along with a limited supply of wine with dinner. You are welcome to bring along any additional drinks. No glass beer bottles please. Bottled wine is fine.

    What about dietary restrictions or food allergies?

    All of the meals at the lodges are served “buffet or family style” with any custom, per person preparation being limited to things like “how would you like your steak cooked” or “do you prefer your eggs scrambled or over-easy?”

    While we try to accommodate some special dietary needs, we are not always able. If you have a specific food allergy or sensitivity, please let us know. If you have dietary restrictions based on a lifestyle choice or religious practice, please let us know. If your food allergy is severe, we need to have a more in-depth conversation about what can and cannot be done.

    Please understand that we may not be able to completely meet your needs. However, we have found that most people find what they need from within the established menu.

    The policy we have developed to maximize the common welfare of all guests on a river trip, and to allow our guides to focus their time and attention on critical aspects of a trip is that:

    • Guests may bring supplemental items if they do not require special preparation by the guides, or the lodge staff. There will always be an ample supply of snacks, fresh fruits, vegetables, and side items to choose from. While the storage space is limited, there will be both cold and dry storage available on our boats for any supplemental products you may bring.
    • We cannot absolutely guarantee your safety if your food allergy is severe enough to cause anaphylaxis. You must bring an adequate supply of your own Epipens to meet your needs. Please understand that one injection of an epipen will only last 10-20 minutes and that an evacuation from the river may take hours.

    Please let us know of any special dietary needs well in advance. Special food requests made within two weeks of the trip launch date may not be able to be accommodated.

    Can I bring my own food and snacks?

    We bring a variety of snacks on every trip. As a general rule, snacks will be served mid-morning and mid-afternoon while traveling down river. If you would like to bring some of your own snacks, small, pre-packaged items are best. We can provide cold or dry storage. If you have special dietary needs, bringing some of your own snacks that work well for you is a great idea.

    Travel & Logistics

    When is the best time to travel?

    The level of the Rogue River tends to be higher in the spring (May and June) and fall (September). Higher water means bigger splashes and cooler water temps. So if you’re looking for a more splashy, thrilling ride, those months are for you. On the other hand, July and August have warmer water temps and slightly lower flows. Don’t worry though, the rapids on Rogue River trips are still a great time and the water temp is plenty cool and refreshing.

    What weather should I expect?

    Weather in any river canyon can vary widely from day to day. However, the Rogue’s typical daytime temperatures can climb into the 80’s and 90’s, with the water temperature generally 60-70 degrees. Early and late season trips temperatures range from 60-80 degrees. While blue skies and sunshine are abundant during the summer months in Southern Oregon, rain can happen any time so please bring rain gear! For up to date, current weather forecasts, go to our website: http://www.westernriver.com/rogue-river-lodge-trip/weather. Your trip will span miles of river, this forecast from the nearest major weather station may not be indicative of the entire region where your trip will take place. Weather in the canyon may vary greatly from the surrounding cities.

    How do I get there?

    The Wild and Scenic section of the Rogue River is located in Southwest Oregon, approximately 20 miles northwest of the city of Grants Pass. You will be meeting for your orientation and start of your trip in Merlin, Oregon. You can drive your vehicle to Morrison’s Lodge for the start of the trip and leave it there while you are on the river. If you are flying into the area, you can fly into the Rogue Valley International Medford Airport , which is approximately 28 miles south of Grants Pass. United, United Express, Horizon/Alaska and Delta Connection service this airport. Shuttle service can be arranged from the airport to your accommodations in Grants Pass or Merlin. This shuttle can also pick you up at Morrison's Lodge the afternoon you return from the river and return you to the airport. For assistance with shuttle service, call Affordable Shuttle (541) 479-1042 or Galice Resort (541) 476-3818. You can also fly into Portland, Oregon and rent a car for some extended travel around the beautiful state of Oregon.

    What transportation is provided with the trip?

    Transportation to the river on the day of your river trip from Morrison’s Lodge and the return to Morrison’s Lodge on your last day is included in the base price of your trip.

    What accommodations are recommended before and after the trip?

    Whether driving or flying, we encourage you to arrive in the Merlin area the night before your trip. There are a number of motels and campgrounds in the area from Medford to Grants Pass and Merlin. Reservations are strongly recommended. Your meeting location is at Morrison’s Lodge and that is where most guests will spend their first night. The Galice Lodge is located nearby and is another great option for pre and post trip lodging.

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