THE DAY BEFORE YOUR TRIP
Waterproof bags will be supplied to you if you are spent the night around Grants Pass. Shuttle instructions, as well as the time and location of our launch, will be included.
At 9:00 a.m., we’ll meet you at the river in our pre-determined location. The rafts will be ready to go once they are in the water.
We will assist in the finalization of shuttles. The guides will assist you in packing your waterproof bags and loading your gear into the rafts. After that, we’ll put on PFDs (personal flotation devices) and go over some safety precautions.
Now that the sun is shining, it’s time to head down to the river. Our morning begins with a few Class-1 rapids, providing a gentle introduction to the river. We reach Graves Creek, which marks the start of the Rogue’s Wild and Scenic portion, about 2 miles in. Our first large rapid of the morning is Graves Creek Rapids, followed by lower Graves Creek Falls. We arrive at Rainie Falls, a Class 5 waterfall, a short while later, and we choose to portage this waterfall for your safety. Rainie Falls is the only portage our visitors do, and it consists of a brief hike around the falls while the guides take the rafts down a small channel on the other side of the river called the Fish Ladder. Once we regroup, we are off to lunch. We will stop at 12 NOON and the guides will set up a deluxe shoreside lunch.
We’ll return to the river for a thrilling afternoon after a delicious lunch. This 7-mile segment is jam-packed with exciting whitewater. Tyee and Wildcat Rapids are our first stop. There are two creeks that feed into the Rogue River. We prefer to stop at one this afternoon and swim in the pool while relaxing in the sun. This afternoon, we’ll have a few more Rapids, culminating with upper and lower Black Bar Falls. If we’re going on a lodge trip, we’ll arrive at Black Bar Lodge at 5:00 p.m. after a fantastic day on the Rogue.
Now it’s time to unwind and enjoy the evening and morning at the Black Bar. Black Bar Lodge is a privately-owned business. The lodge is in keeping with its surroundings. It’s exactly what you’d expect to see as you walk up from the river, and we’re glad to be here. If we’re going camping, Horse Shoe Bend is our last major rapid of the day, and our camp is just around the corner at Telegraph Bar. At 5:00 p.m., we’ll arrive at camp. Our camp host will welcome us when we arrive. One of our guides has gone ahead of us and has spent the entire day preparing our night camp. Your guides will now transform into 5-star chefs, cooking your evening dinner as well as a filling breakfast the next morning.
This is the finest day of our trip! You’ve already spent one day on the river, whether you’re staying in a lodge or camping, and now you get to wake up to the grandeur of the Rogue River. The alarm clock will go off at 7:00 a.m., and the coffee will be ready. Breakfast will be served at 8:00 a.m., and then it’ll be time to pack your belongings and make your way to the rafts. With the sun rising at 9:00 a.m., we’ll be in the boats.
We’re about to embark on another exciting day of whitewater and history. Captain John Kelsey is the namesake of Kelsey Canyon, a fantastic series of Class 2 rapids. After that, there’s Battle Bar and Zane Gray’s Cabin to visit. At 12 NOON, we will stop at Jerald Fry’s homestead or one of Glen Woolridge’s cabins for a shoreside lunch. Don’t worry, there’s plenty more excitement after lunch. A few examples include Big Rock Rapids, John’s, Maggie’s, and China Bar. We’ve arrived at Mule Creek and the Rogue River Ranch Museum around 3 p.m. Mule Creek also has a nice swimming hole, making it a good stop for history buffs. We now have one hour until we arrive. Now we have an hour before we arrive at camp or Paradise Lodge at 5:00 p.m.
What an hour it is. Mule Creek Canyon is a one-of-a-kind stretch of whitewater. Then there’s the legendary Rogue River swim. Last but not least, Blossom Bar, the river’s most severe rapids. We’ve made it through Blossom—now it’s on to the Devil’s Stairs and our second night’s stay in Paradise. Paradise is likewise a privately owned business. It is a magnificent lodge that lies on 88 acres. If you’re camping, don’t worry; we’ll meet you at Champaign Beach at 5:00 p.m., where our camp host will be waiting for us. Whether you’re staying in a hotel or camping, you’ll enjoy a fantastic evening and meal.
You’ll wake up to the sights and sounds of the magnificent Rogue River once more. Breakfast is served at 8:00 a.m. and coffee is served at 7:00 a.m. After breakfast, you’ll have plenty of time to pack your belongings before heading to the rafts at 9:00 a.m. to catch the morning sun and tackle our first rapid, the Devils Backbone. Then it was on to the Generals and Huggins Canyon, where General Curtis LeMay had a lodge. Before pausing for our last shoreside lunch together at 12 NOON, we visited Solitude, Tate Creek, Tacoma, Clay Hill, and the Clay Hill Still Waters. After another delicious lunch and reminiscing over the previous two days, we’re on our way to Foster Bar for our final takeaway. You’ll find your vehicle here, unload your water bags, and we’ll say our goodbyes until the next time we meet.
Thank you for joining us on this rafting trip down the Rogue River.