Upper Klamath Day Trip

The Best Summer Rafting In The West

TRIP LENGTH

1 Day

WHEN TO GO

April - Sept

WHO IT'S FOR

Class IV+
for experienced and
beginner paddlers.
Minimum Age 12

ACTIVITIES

Rafting

GATEWAY CITY

Ashland / Medford Oregon (MFR)

MEETING LOCATION

Ashland, OR
 

Our most popular day trip from Ashland – run over 30 major class III to IV+ rapids on big flows all summer long.  Cutting a steep wilderness canyon through the Cascades of Southern Oregon, the Upper Klamath is one of the finest and most exciting class-IV rafting trips in the West. It is hard to beat big summer flows and rapids that are over a football field long. This is the river Momentum got its start on and the ‘Upper K’ continues to be a guide and guest favorite.

Why Momentum on the Upper Klamath?

Momentum’s first commercial rafting trip was on the Upper Klamath and it is one of the two rivers that made us choose Ashland, Oregon as our base. We have added many other rivers and adventures to our offerings, but Ashland is still our home and the ‘UK’ will always be an integral part of our trip offerings and a guest and guide favorite. We recently built our ‘Upper Klamath Bush Camp’ to create one of the most unique, active, and comfortable trips in the U.S.

The same guides that guide our trips throughout Oregon, Northern California, Idaho, and abroad run our Upper K trips – guides with a minimum of 5 years of experience on many of the world’s most difficult whitewater rivers, and guides that truly enjoy sharing the outdoors and their outdoor experiences with others.

We pick guests up at their hotel in Ashland between 8 and 9 in the morning and return between 5 and 5:30 – back in time for a shower and dinner before the plays. Besides the amazing whitewater and beautiful canyon the trip also includes a continental breakfast and a big lunch.

The run has three different sections beginning with a fun class-III warm-up. This first stretch makes the Upper Klamath a recommended rafting trip for first-timers in good health, as they have plenty of time to learn the finer points of river running. After the warm up the canyon constricts, the river drops out of sight, and we enter the famous “Hells Corner” section of the canyon – beginning with a 150 yard rapid known as ‘Caldera’. There are very few stretches of summer whitewater like it.

The Upper Klamath is one of our original ‘backyard’ rivers, and one we know like an old friend. Find out why guests that have joined us on trips all over the west and abroad still try to make time for a ‘UK’ trip (or two) every year.

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• Momentum’s first commercial rafting trip was on the Upper Klamath - it is our 'back-yard' river and and one we know like an old friend.
• A small company committed to amazing trips & our wild places.
• Safety: All our guides have a minimum 5 years of experience leading trips around the world. The same guides that guide our trips throughout Oregon, Northern California, Idaho, and abroad run our day and half day trips.
• Excellent meals featuring local and organic produce & products.
• Hotel pick-up and drop-off From the Ashland area.
• Most importantly - we are friendly, we love what we do, and it shows!

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Recent Testimonials

  • "It was a lot of fun and you were excellent guides. We all felt safe and relaxed and well cared for. Peter and I agreed it was the best organised river trip we have ever been on and Peter especially has been on a lot. Please do pass our thanks on to Pete and Johnny too. Yes, we would love to come down the Rogue with you next summer. We will be in touch closer to the time!"
  • "I was not sure how I would feel about an all day river rafting Class 4 rapids trip having very little experience rafting and being generally risk adverse! However, this was a wonderful experience for me, as well as my husband and 13 and 17 yo children. Our guide, Anthony, inspired absolute confidence and skillfully negotiated the rapids. The trip was beautiful and fun and jumping into the river and swimming at the end of the trip was also a highlight."
  • "Craig was a most awesome guide! He hit the rapids in the sweet spots and created a most exhilarating adventure for our family. Craig was very professional and personable. We were provided with a lovely lunch as well. We will be talking about this trip for years to come. We also have to mention Dave our driver, who provided us with safe travels and entertainment along the way. Momentum is the way to go!!!!"
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