Rogue River Rafting

Oregon's Iconic Wilderness River Trip

TRIP LENGTH

3 to 5 days

WHEN TO GO

May - September

WHO IT'S FOR

Class III / IV-
Options for everyone
Minimum age 7

TRIP COST

$1140 - $1250

ACTIVITIES

Rafting, inflatable kayaking, SUP'ing, hiking

GATEWAY CITY

Ashland / Medford Oregon (MFR)

MEETING LOCATION

Merlin, Oregon
 

The Rogue River is an iconic American classic, one of the country’s great summer wilderness trips, a founding member of the National Wild and Scenic River System, and a river with such a grand reputation that in some circles it is simply known as “the Canyon”. It flows through an area rich with pioneer history and lore – some of it surviving to this day in the form of remote, river-accessed, wilderness lodges and abandoned historic homesteads. The canyon itself is a stunning wilderness playground that is home to a staggering amount of wildlife and abundant whitewater. Momentum is based a short drive away from the Rogue and we are honored to have one of the best summer rafting trips in our backyard.

The Rogue River begins in the Rogue-Umpqua Divide Wilderness and Crater Lake National Park. It flows south west through the Cascades and then briefly touches civilization near the town of Grants Pass. We begin our trip just downstream right before the river plunges into the rugged and remote Siskiyou Mountains.

A trip down the Rogue has been compared to being in a “Planet Earth” movie. There are narrow canyons of polished rock, cool grotto’s draped in ferns, heavily forested hillsides, big sandy beaches, some of the best swimming holes anywhere, cascading waterfalls, and hikes up tumbling sidestreams. It is common to see bald eagles, osprey, otter, and black bear.

There are over 80 rapids and the whitewater is fun and exciting yet safe. The rapids and the choice of craft make the Rogue almost unmatched in its ability to satisfy a wide range of tastes and skill levels. It is not uncommon to have trips enjoyed by three generations of family or friends. You have the choice of sitting in relaxing oar boats, participating in more exciting paddle boats, or navigating the whitewater in an inflatable kayak (this adds a big level of excitement to the rapids). Click here to read more about Inflatable Kayaking.

For all the grand descriptions and accolades heaped on the Rogue for many of the guides who grew up here it is simply home a place to recharge, relax, and live simply. In the end that might say the most about this place.

 

Note: Each trip covers the same stretch of river but there are different ways to experience it. We offer 3-day lodge trips where nights are spent in comfortable and rustic wilderness lodges and 4-day camp trips where nights are spent under the stars. We also offer custom 3 to 5-day trips for groups and charter trips. You can read more about our trip styles below.


Options and Info

 
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• Small Trips, unparalleled personal service, and a greater experience.
• 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.
• Creative menus: featuring local and organic produce & products.
• All inclusive: all camping gear included if needed (ultra-comfortable 3” sleeping pads).
• Overall comfort: Innovative wilderness camping and lodging, attention to detail, & our signature hospitality.
• Most importantly - we are friendly, we love what we do, and it shows!

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Recent Testimonials

  • "We had a fantastic trip with three families rafting the Rogue River. For several of us, it was our first rafting trip, we had a mixture of adults & kids, vegans & carnivores, picky eaters (the kids!) and more, and Momentum not only handled it with grace but prepared excellent food, kept us safe and having fun on the river, and gave us the family trip of a lifetime. We loved it, and we can't wait to do another river with Momentum. Andy, Diego and Derek are fantastic guides; they hosted a fun Rogue wine tasting with local cheeses, the kept us safe on the rapids, setup our tents, played guitar and sang in the evenings - and by the last day we were all sad to leave. We loved being off the grid and in nature. Momentum is excellent and we plan to book a trip with them again!" - Lisa W.
  • "My partner and I were used to doing DIY adventure trips so it was such a treat to be looked after by Momentum - with knowledgeable guides, delicious fresh food and lots of time on the river, we are definitely converts to this kind of trip! The trip was the perfect mixture of wild river, wildlife, wilderness and really comfortable beds in warm cabins at night - brilliant accommodation with nice hot showers! We got plenty of river time and our guide Sol made sure we enjoyed the best rapids and got involved in the inflatable kayak and SUP! The food was excellent, and we loved the nice touch of providing local wines and cheeses. We felt a real connection with the guides, they were so welcoming and interested in our lives, and couldn't do enough to ensure we had an epic time. Can't recommend this trip enough!" - Katie and Jon
  • "Three or so years ago, I made this same journey with a dozen other folks in heartbreakingly beautiful sunny weather — a wonderful trip. THIS time, I dragged my husband along, and together with just two other fellas and our superb guide Anna, we froze our butts off during a couple days of unseasonable rain. Yet, when I think back, all I can recall was the extraordinary natural beauty of the river, the camaraderie of our fellow paddlers, my admiration for our river guide, the comfort of our accommodations, and how grateful I was that second afternoon when we pulled into Paradise Lodge and got our “Rum and Tea” in the bar. Thank you, Momentum — can’t wait till next time!" - Susan Gee Rumsey
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