Note: Starting 10/30 we are making some adjustments to our payment system. We will not be taking online reservations or guide school signups on the website during the transition period. Please call us at 541-822-8288 to make a reservation.

Guides and Gratuities

Guides are like your personal waiters, they know their tasks and are highly skilled people. What makes them really special is that they are sharing what they truly love, and working very hard to make your day's adventure the best it can possibly be.

Folks often mention how guiding must be the ultimate job – outdoors, on the river… and it is! But it entails a lot of hard work, a lot of training, personal sacrifice (training & time), dedication, and days begin long before the trip begins, and end long after the trip is over. In other words, river guides definitely don’t do it for the money, but for the love of what they do, and a chance to share these amazing places and experiences with others.

Guides are paid a set rate by type of trip they are leading, equal to a basic hourly daily wage.

High Country guides devote themselves wholeheartedly to making each and every trip the finest possible. If you notice that your guides are going above and beyond the call-of-duty in making your day special, or they just add that little extra something, please feel free (but never obligated) to extend a gratuity for a job well done.