"What just might be the best commercial rafting company in North America. The trips are spectacular beyond description, the guides are the best of the best, the food is incomparable, and the customers are treated like royalty."
To all our past and present guests - Thank You! At the end of every year we sift through the emails and the photos from all of you and it never fails to give us goose bumps, it never fails to make us happy (and a little sad), and it never fails to remind us of the power and beauty of our wild places and, even more importantly, of the unique and remarkable people we are lucky enough to spend time with on the river every season.
So, with your continued support, wonderful personalities, and adventurous spirits we will continue to keep and attract the best guides anywhere. We will continue to reshape the way river travel is run and to work towards setting the standard in trip quality and environmental responsibility. And we will continue to run rivers and add adventures that are the best in their class and that are off the beaten path.
To all past and present guests a huge -
For those who have not been on a rafting trip with us below are some highlights and then a rolling list of testimonials as they come in from our guests. You can also check out TripAdvisor.com and Yelp.com for even more. Enjoy!
5"It was a glorious trip. The scenery was as fantastic as we had anticipated and the weather even cooperated. The tents were easy, the pads cushy, the splash jackets perfect and the food terrific. But the contribution that you guides made to the enjoyment of the trip was immeasurable!" - Leslie
5"Hi Momentum, Andy was an exceptional leader. The team was the best I've experienced. It was an exceptional experience." - Therese
5"Orea and crew-
THANK YOU on behalf of my "crew" for an awesome Owyhee River trip. The food, the guide support, the instruction, and the scenery were truly spectacular and beyond our expectations!!!!! We have enjoyed many paddling trips together over the past 35+ years but this one ranks up there with the best! Hope to SYOTR again." - Bill
YOU were great, as was the whole team. We were talking about your expertise in the kitchen and at the oars. The cushion surf on the prow of Whistling Bird, in combination with the stuffed French toast and the Mole Oatmeal with Chorizo and Poached Eggs, what a combination. You were wonderful. To Lorenzo and his tremendous skill at everything he does, Ben's amazing attention to detail, and gift for teaching, Keith's Sherpa kayak skills, combined with his amazing generosity and humanity, and to my man Andy, who set my tent up at every camp, worked every moment of the trip, and solo boated everything to secure our camp each day, thank you all for a great time. I look forward to my next Momentum trip." - Gary
5"Thanks for running an amazing Lower Owyhee trip last week! As the guides on the trip will attest, I absolutely loved the food! I heard from one of the guides that Pete is considering publishing a cookbook. I'd be first in line to buy it!!! Thanks - and see you on the Cal Salmon ASAP!" - JS
5"Our 4 day Middle Owyhee rafting trip was canceled due to low water, but we were offered a 5 day rafting trip on the Lower Owyhee at the same price. We immediately said yes and it was an awesome trip. Only the two of us made the switch so we had a smaller, more fun raft and two guides to ourselves. Orea and Cooper were excellent rafters and great guides. The scenery was outstanding and the food was great. Best rafting trip ever!" - Naomi
5"This early April trip on the Lower Owyhee was our first rafting trip with Momentum. We chose them because they have an excellent reputation, were offering one of the earliest trips of the season (we weren’t going to miss the optimal float levels this year!), and we’d crossed paths with them last year on the Alsek River. Our five professional and very personable guides (Andy (trip leader), Kaity, Shana, Mike, and Rob) worked really hard – initially in less than optimal weather – to give us an AWESOME experience in a truly wonderful part of Oregon. 😀 The food was an excellent mix of vegetarian and meaty choices. And the weather finally gave us two warm and sunny days! These factors, along with a very congenial group of fellow rafters, made this the unforgettable experience we’d hoped for. We're seriously considering rafting the Illinois River with Momentum in 2020 (if water levels permit)." - Bruce Hope
5"The trip was great, the canyon was STUNNING, the company was warm and friendly and you, Mike and Cooper were amazing.
" - Michael
5"We are home at last from our trip through Eastern Oregon, and have had a lot of time to reflect on the Owyhee trip. We want you to know that the most outstanding aspect of you three was your professionalism as river guides and as group leaders. From the cold, snowy first day, to the take-out along-side the "gang from Caldwell", you always exhibited the demeanor of people who understand how to deal with difficulty with a successful outcome for all. You were able to blend knowing just- what- needed -to -happen with a smile and some light-hearted banter. We had complete trust in your skills and abilities which built during the experiences of the trip (including pulling me and my hat from the river).
On the lighter side, you were awfully nice, interesting, and funny (especially Mike) and tolerated our middle aged/old age conversations and questions without a hint of boredom. Thanks for humoring us. You made us feel like we were a "special group" and in some way unique (which we really weren't). For Jim and me, you pointed out super camp-sites and engaged us in interesting conversations. Each of you gave us a picture of your background that we found very interesting (since our kids are in their late 20's). You also displayed a depth of knowledge about the geographic area, geology, knew the flora, fauna, history, and environmental concerns, which in our case, was a big part of the trip. It was nice to share the experience with people who were even more impressed by it that we were. We learned a lot from each of you. You were more than safe guides, you were also resources for a lot of information. AND you are great cooks. The meals were better than home.
The care the company takes with the environment, from the carbon off-sets, to the local/organic food, and then compost/waste handling topped off our experience. We are pretty conscientious at home, and so were impressed as well as pleased that you can run an operation with glamour AND keep the "footprint" somewhat smaller. We appreciated the good equipment too...especially those thick pads.
So, did we like the trip? YES. We have some friends that we think might also enjoy it, and can't wait to show them our pictures. Maybe we'll try Clear Creek, or the Klamath next year. Good luck with your summer, and fall plans, and with the whole enterprise. -Caroline
" - Caroline
5"Been back now in Sweden for over a week I look back at my film clips and pictures of the Lower Owyhee Trip May 15-19th and remember a very rewarding trip. The trip itself was more than I could ask for and also included some surprises (a k a wet clothes and gear). The weather was very cooperative, warm and sunny for most of the time. I found the scenery to be stunning and at the same time extremely varied
Having been on some bigger rivers before I really enjoyed the smaller scale of the Owyhee that made it more intimate....also the rapids were numerous and fun (even more fun riding a Duckie). The food were just too good (I overate once), the camps were well thought out (camp of 4th night was my favourite). What also made this trip special was the hikes (they were all great). Some hikes like to the top of the chalk cliffs included a lot of elevation gain and others were relatively flat and easy. The hot springs were awesome (and hot!)
Finally the guides were all excellent with much knowledge about rafting in general and also good problem solvers (we happened to became stuck on rocks in two rapids). The good spirit and mood among the guides (and guests) also made this trip memorable. -Mikael
5"Pete---We can't imagine a more beautiful canyon or four better guides (Mara, Jason, Mike and Paige). We will spread the word. Thanks, Bunny"
5"We had a great time also. We were very impressed with your rafting and cooking skills. We will be doing a trip advisor in the next couple of days- it will be great, of course." - Naomi
5"I am normally a Budget Traveller, but splurged on the Lower Owyhee Trip this year. I was so glad I did: Incredibly nice and competent guides helped us keep warm and cheerful even in pouring rain and 25 mph winds . Because they cared for us so well ,we could appreciate the incredible beauty of the river and canyon and everyone of us was so glad we went ( even our nearly 80 year old friend was happy and comfy and dreams of going again. Hurray for Andy, Jessi, Sam, Mike and the entire Momentum Team!" - Martina