August 5 - 9, 2020
August 12 - 16, 2020
5 day / 4 night camp trip
kayakers: $1495 adult, $1445 youth
rafters: $1370 adult, $1320 youth
Distance: 40 miles
Average Gradient: 13 ft / mile
Difficulty: Class II - III
Average Daily Flow: approx. 2,000 cfs
Reservations: Indigo Creek Outfitters 541-282-4535
DeRiemer Adventure Kayaking trips on the Rogue River are run by Indigo Creek Outfitters, a legal operator and permit holder on the Wild & Scenic Rogue River.
This is the perfect river for bomb proofing your roll while playing at numerous and varied play spots! You'll share the warm Class II/III water of this Wild and Scenic river with bear, deer, eagles and otter.
"You all were just too good to be true! It was a pleasure to be in your company and share the Rogue experience!"
- Dave Ashley
Day 1 The Rogue is a Class II/III river full of moderate rapids with plenty of action -but not too wild! The morning of the first day is a great warm up. After lunch we enter the Wild and Scenic section, and we do so with a bang! Grave Creek rapids thrill the rafters and challengethe kayakers. Everyone gets wet! Next, most guests hike around Rainey Falls - the far left shore is a straightforward portage. The guides run the rafts through the lining chute while some kayaks run the smae line. At day's end there is time to hike, swim, read, or relax on the beach. We serve hors d'oeuvres with happy hour, followed by a hearty dinner created by the guides. What better way to cap a paddling day than eating a delicious dinner, watching shooting stars, and sharing tales and laughter with your friends?
"What can we say that has not been said already...we had an amazing time and I really can't imagine that a trip could go any better!"
- Greg Bernstein, DC
Days 2 and 3 are full days on the river. The aroma of coffee is your alarm clock! After a country breakfast we pack up camp and hit the river. Rapids on Day 2 includeWildcat, South Russian, Slim Pickens,Upper and Lower Black Bar Falls andHorseshoe Bend. Rapids on Day 3 include Mary's Pothole, Dulog, Kelsey Canyon, John's and China Bar. The instructional opportunities on this stretch are abundant.
On day 4 we encounter two of the Rogue's most challenging rapids; Mule Creek Canyon and Blossom Bar. After Blossom comes Devil's Staircase, which is not as tricky but definitely demands our attention. When the whitewater lets up we have a chance to enjoy the spectacular beauty of the sheer rock walls.Then it is smooth floating through more beautiful scenery until camp.
Day 5 is an easy day as we paddle down to the take-out at Foster Bar. We usually arrive mid-afternoon. The sight of the take-out is a shocking signal that the trip is really over and inevitably elicits sounds of dismay from the group. The disappointment is soon lost in the bustle of unloading the rafts, changing clothes, loading the vans, and saying good-bye to the guides, who stay on to de-rig. The two hour van ride follows a winding and beautiful road that climbs over 4,000 feet in elevation before coming full circle back to Galice.
"Thanks again for such a wonderful trip! I'm grateful for all your superb
instruction and the time you took with me!"
- Denis Udall, CA
The Rogue River canyon formed over a million years ago when the western part of Oregon was uplifted to form the Pacific Coast Range. During this activity, the lower Rogue River was transformed from a quiet stream into a frothing, boiling torrent of white water. Over time the river eroded its channel deeper and deeper into the rock. Today the canyon averages a depth of over 3,000 feet and the river has become much more playful for her kayaking guests.
The canyon is rich in history. The native Americans earned themselves the nickname "Rogue Indians" as they fought hard against the onslaught of miners and settlers who came for gold in the 1850's. First called "The River of the Rogues," it eventually was shortened to the Rogue River. The canyon became home to a colorful and cantankerous lot of settlers. Most famous is Zane Grey, the author of potboiler westerns, who spent summers on the river. Grey's Rogue River Feud takes place on the river, and his Tales of Freshwater Fishing did much to give the Rogue its national reputation for fall Steelhead fishing.
Over 30 years ago, the Federal Government dedicated 43 miles along the Rogue as "Wild and Scenic." This action protected the pristine canyon and river. The Rogue boasts the richest conifer forest in North America. For the first two and a half days we see trees that require little water: pacific madrone, white oak, canyon live oak, tan oak and manzanita. Near Mule Creek Canyon we cross to the ocean side of the coastal range which hosts trees that can use more moisture: fir, hemlock, sugar pine, and grand fir. Wildlife abounds. Deer are very common and quite tame. Black bears prowl the shore hunting for salmon and berries. Raccoons sometimes hang around camp at night, river otter often romp nearby, and mink dart through the brush. Great blue herons glide gracefully by. Osprey soar above and occasionally dive into the river and fly away with salmon - always pointed aerodynamically, head first! Several bald eagles nest here, and mergansers ducks run expert lines that make the best kayakers feel uncoordinated!