The availability of lodges is a unique aspect of the Rogue River. There are very few places in the world with a system of remote riverside lodges only accessible by boat or small plane. It allows for the amazing experience of true wilderness adventure capped off by comfortable and cozy evenings in a remote lodge steeped in pioneer history.
We spend each day floating down river and spend the evenings in lodges strategically places along the Rogue River corridor. The lodges are unique and offer rustic but comfortable accommodations in quiet and beautiful wilderness settings. Accommodations may include cabins or rooms. In each room you’ll find beds made up with fresh linens, bathrooms stocked with plenty of towels and hot water for showers. Meals are served family style in a dining room or on the deck. Evenings are spent relaxing on the deck with a glass of wine or beer, fishing at the river’s edge, hiking to side creeks, playing games, or enjoying the peace and quiet of a deck chair and a good book. Generally electricity is only available until around 10:00 p.m. when the generators are shut down for the evening.
Lodge trips are ideal for anyone looking for one of the most unique experiences in the world, but they are also a perfect introduction to overnight rafting and are wonderful for those who are nervous about camping. They are a way to step back in time and get a taste of the west’s pioneer history on one of the west’s original wilderness rafting trips.
What Makes Momentum Rogue Lodge Trips Unique?
Our Rogue trips are small (4 to 12 guests) and led by guides with a minimum of five years of experience leading trips around the world. Guides who truly enjoy sharing the outdoors and their outdoor experiences with others. Read more about Momentum>>
We chose our lodges carefully based on the uniqueness of the lodge and the opportunities they offer. At our first nights lodge we serve our own “Momentum” meals. We are very well known for our food and the guides will prepare a three coarse meal featuring local and organic produce and products. Read more about our food and what our guests say about it>>
- The second nights lodge was chosen because it has an amazing deck and by far the best riverside view. It is not uncommon to see black bear from the deck! The guides will prepare a local appetizer with wine before dinner is served by the lodge.
Our trip starts near Grants Pass, Oregon at the Galice Resort, located along the banks of the Rogue River. Here we will help you pack your dry bags and get any last minute “must haves” at the resort. We then head to the river, meet the crew, and do a thorough orientation talk. After loading our gear and ourselves into the boats we push off and head into the Rogue River Canyon. For three days we will float the Rogue as it cuts through the remote and wild Siskiyou Mountain Range. The canyon is home to abundant wildlife including bear, river otter, dear, bald eagles, and osprey.
The first day includes Rainy falls, a hike to the historic Whiskey Creek minor’s cabin, and numerous chances to swim in some of the beautiful side streams. The side streams of the Rogue are almost unmatched in there frequency, beauty, and pristine state – we will take time every day to visit at least one. For inflatable kayakers day one also offers perhaps the biggest mix of rapids. We will stop for lunch along the way at one of the many beautiful spots along the banks. Our day on the water ends in the late afternoon where we pull over in the middle of Big Windy Canyon at our first wilderness lodge.
Black Bar is a rustic lodge that is only accessible by boat or small plane – it is simple yet comfortable and brimming with pioneer history. The lodge offers comfortable cabins with linens, beds, and private bathrooms with hot showers. Evenings at the lodge are spent relaxing on the deck with a glass of wine or beer, fishing at the river’s edge, hiking to side creeks, or enjoying the peace and quiet of a deck chair and a good book. Hors d-oeuvres and wine will be served on the deck while we prepare a fresh and filling dinner for all. We are famous for our food and chose this lodge because we can serve our own “Momentum” meals. The evening will be capped off with dessert and views of a night sky filled with stars and free of any light pollution.
After a restful night’s sleep, we wake to the morning and coffee and tea on the deck. A filling and delicious breakfast is served and we will have plenty of time for an extra cup of coffee before pushing off again. Some of our morning stops may include the beautiful Kelsey Creek and its tranquil swimming hole, Battle Bar and its rich Native American history, and Zane Grey’s historic cabin.
After lunch, we head into the narrow and spectacular Mule Creek Canyon. Mule Creek Canyon is one of the most unique canyons in the world, and for many it the highlight of the trip. For a short part of the canyon you can float in only a life jacket through its calm swirling waters – there are very few sensations like it. The infamous and feared Blossom Bar rapid follows. Blossom Bar was dynamited in the early 1900’s to allow boats passage. It is still an impressive rapid but with the proper guiding it is enjoyed by generations of friends and family.
Night two is spent at Paradise Lodge. Like Black Bar Lodge Paradise is set deep in the wilderness and is only accessible by boat, small plane, or on foot. The lodge sits atop a river terrace overlooking the water and has a large deck. The deck has one of the most beautiful views of the trip and many times includes Black Bear wandering the water’s edge. Paradise also offers very comfortable rooms with linens, hot showers, rustic pine post furniture, and fireplaces. Dinner is served by the lodge and is hearty and filling, the perfect end for a wonderful day on the river. Evenings are spent hiking around the lodge grounds, swimming in Paradise Creek, or just relaxing on the deck, enjoying a glass of wine and stories from the day.
Morning comes once again with coffee, tea and sun on the deck. If you are an early riser, the Rogue River trail is a wonderful way to start your day with a brisk walk along the river. After breakfast, it is back to the rooms to pack our bags, and then time to head downstream.
Our third day includes yet another scenic inner gorge, beautiful side canyons and swimming holes, some great jumping rocks, and a bald eagle rookery. We will also has some of the best opportunities to see Black Bear. We reach the end of our river trip in the early afternoon. You then either load up in our van to make the drive back over beautiful Bear Camp road to Galice Resort or make the short half hour trip to the Oregon coast to continue your vacation.