Half-Day Rogue River Rafting
The section of river that we run is known as the “Nugget” stretch and is named after the the first big rapid. For families or groups of mixed rafting experience, this stretch of river is absolutely perfect. It starts mellow and builds up slowly until the two grand finales: Nugget Falls and Powerhouse Rapid. Between the start and finish there are calm places to practice paddling and sitting in the raft, there are surf waves that are fun to play in, and there are class II and III rapids that keep things interesting. At the very end, almost like the final act of a Shakespeare play, are the two biggest rapids.
Cool Fact: The final rapid, Tilomikh Falls (commonly referred to as “Powerhouse” rapid) is an area of historical significance and the name “Tilomikh” was used by the Takelma Tribe. The Takelma (also Dagelma) are a Native American people who originally lived in the Rogue Valley, with most of their villages located along the Rogue River. The name Takelma means “(Those) Along the River”.
A rafting trip on Southern Oregon’s Rogue River offers a glimpse back to the history of western territorial exploration and settlement. Native American sites, pioneer settlements, gold rush exploration, thwarted attempts at development, and the congressional heroics that preserved the Rogue River make the background of your trip. Our guides are knowledgeable about the history of the Rogue River Valley and are eager to share their stories with you. Our rafting trips are more than just rafting trips – they are a guided experience with guides who have a passion for making your rafting trip perfect for you and your group. So whether that means focusing on whitewater, going for swims, looking for native birds, simply relaxing, or a combination of all the above, we are happy to provide an experience that exceeds your expectations.
Our rafting ends at the Sports Park in Gold Hill, Oregon. From there it is about a 30 minute drive back our Rafting Center. Our morning trips are generally back by 12:15 (12:30 at the very latest) and our afternoon trips are normally back by 5:15 (5:30 at the very latest).
Transportation, professional guides, all rafting equipment, end of trip snack.
- All rafting equipment as needed (wetsuits, booties, splash jackets)
- Transportation to and from the river
- A friendly, professional, and knowledgeable guide
- Snacks at the conclusion of your trip
- Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
- Minimum age is 8 years old
Our guides, Arden and Daniel, were excellent rafters and ambassadors for the rogue river area! Great conversation and info on the ride and back. Friendly and fun staff, easy parking and logistics. It was a good mix of calm and few thrilling spots. Our group of 9 from Seattle had a fantastic time. Nice touch at the end to enjoy beers and see the photos.
The team at indigo creek took care of everything. Coffee was waiting for us when we arrived. After a briefing and short drive we spent the morning on the river. It was a combination of relaxation and excitement! They took photos for us to remember our trip
Great tour, even though I took an unplanned swim and lost my camera. Great guides and beautiful scenery.
Loved the time spent on the river with our excellent guides, Thorn and Taylor! Thorn was thorough in his safety speech and made sure we all understood. Even though he talked about scary stuff that could happen, I was confident that if anything happened, he could handle it! I felt a lot of confidence in him from the get go. Before we hit any of the rapids, he helped us gain the tools oar control, wedging in, how to sit and hang on and paddling in unison we would need. His confidence and knowledge brought me excitement because I knew if I fell off the raft, I would be okay. I went into the day with lots of nerves, but by the time we reached the river, I was smiling and ready to ride! Thorn was training Taylor for the day, and she will be a great guide, too! I enjoyed the ride back and forth to the river as well. Lots of cool info was shared about the area, and some really bad but funny jokes made me relax. I highly recommend this adventure! I am not an adventurer, but I am now considering going back to Ashland just to do the full day rafting trip! Bring on the rapids! Do this half day trip! You will not regret it!