Archive for May, 2013

Oregon River Sports Trips

Come and paddle the scenic McKenzie River with us this summer. You can enjoy full-day and half-day raft and inflatable kayak trips down different sections of this class II(III) river, which runs through Oregon’s Willamette National Forest.

The most popular stretch of this beautiful river is from Blue River down to Helfrich. This section, known as the “Lower McKenzie,” provides plenty of excitement, with several class II rapids and the class III Marten Rapids. The rapids are separated by lazy calm stretches, making this run especially popular with families and first-timers.

The “Upper McKenzie” begins at the Ollalie Campground and flows to the confluence of the South Fork of the McKenzie and the McKenzie. This is a more pristine section of the Mac. The upper section has a more dramatic change in gradient than the lower run, and is characterized by continuous rapids. This water can be challenging, and the wilderness it runs through is more remote than the lower McKenzie.

Oregon River guides are highly qualified, experienced, safety-conscious individuals. They are first aid and CPR certified. They work hard to ensure your trip is enjoyable and you are confortable. Gratuities are gratefully accepted.

They are not in the business of processing our customers- just putting them in rafts and floating them down the river. Rather, they like to share with people the adventure and the serenity that can be found on our moving earth…the rivers. They do not work at what we do, instead they display a passion and a lifestyle intertwined with the outdoors. Come and experience this style of river running… and they will show you how to run with fluid motion…

Picture yourself canoeing on a glassy smooth lake in British Columbia, or paddling hard through roaring Idaho whitewater rapids, or fishing and camping out of your boat along the John day…In 2013 the Oregon River is offering six different wilderness water expeditions for anyone with a sense of adventure and the desire to paddle. The trips ranged from local Pacific Northwest favorites to rugged Idaho canyons, and offer many different types of paddling to enjoy.

You can paddle with touring kayaks, canoes, inflatable kayaks, or small catarafts and camp out of our boats. You’ll have time for a few side hikes on most of the trips, and there are plenty of wildlife-viewing opportunities.
All of these trips are shared experience. This means that they are not guided trips; we’ll all be in this together!

Anyone is welcome to come on these expeditions, although some of the trips require previous paddling experience. The cost of each trips varies; because these are not guided trips, the prices reflect only the actual costs of doing each individual trip. This means that they are much lower than a similar professionally guided trip would be. This is good for everyone, because it means more of us can participate in more adventures!

Each trip is planned together as a group, with pre-trip meetings to arrange the trip logistics, including food options and shuttle decisions.