The North Umpqua rafting trip is one of Oregon's most exciting and memorable river trips. A full day rafting adventure on the Umpqua river is filled with an abundance of class 2 and 3 rapids as well as the famous class 4 Pinball. This trip is exciting but not overwhelming, making it an ideal family adventure for all!
- Location: Oregon River Rafting Near Crater Lake
The Umpqua River is located in the
Southern Cascades between Crater Lake and the town of Roseburg, Oregon. The
Umpqua River is accessible from I-5 by traveling east on Hwy 138.
Season: April through Late August
The volcanic under footing of the
nearby mountains allows for summer-long flows on the Umpqua River. When Crater
Lake was created 7000 years ago, vast deposits of pumice and ash were laid down
in the upper reaches of the watershed. When it rains and snows... water filters
through the porous rock replenishing springs below whose steady flow feeds into
the Umpqua and helps maintain its levels through the summer and fall. Mineral
deposits in the groundwater are what creates the surreal aquamarine color of
the water. This same volcanic foundation and processes in the Umpqua River also
helped create nearby Tokatee Falls, one of Oregon's most dramatic waterfalls.
- River Difficulty: Class III - IV
The Umpqua River is rated Class III+/IV
and is perfect for both adventurous first-timers and experienced rafters
seeking a fulfilling Oregon whitewater river rafting trip . The upper Umpqua
River has fun and relatively continuous class III and III+ rapids and one class
IV, Pinball, which we run near the end of the day. The minimum age required for
an Umpqua River rafting trip is eight.
- Gourmet Meals:
All Full-Day Umpqua River rafting trips
include a filling, gourmet deli-style lunch and celebration snacks and
beverages at the end of the trip. Two-Day & Three-Day trips include great
lunches, happy-hour hors d'oeuvres and beverages, gourmet, multi-course
dinner(s), and steaming hot breakfast(s).
Why Choose High Country Expeditions For Your Umpqua
River Rafting Trip?
It's Your Trip, Not Ours. We
have been running Umpqua River rafting trips for years and believe that the
best trip is the trip you desire. We provide a foundation of safety and seamless
logistics, and have a wealth of knowledge about the Umpqua River. From there we
create the trip you want, adjusting our style to your wants and needs rather
than asking you to fit into our agenda.
Appropriate Size Rafts and Number
of Guests Per Raft. This
is an important aspect to any rafting trip. High Country Expeditions does not
use rafts that are too big, which can reduce the amount of fun on the river.
Our fleet of 12-foot to 15-foot long rafts allows us to adjust the raft size to
the water level in order to make sure we are maximizing your fun and safety. We
also offer both paddle and oar powered rafts upon request.
Various Trip Lengths.
We offer incredibly fun Full-Day, 2- and 3-Day trips. The Full-Day trip is
peppered with great rapids. The 2- and 3-day trips also feature exhilarating
whitewater and allow you the opportunity to spend more time enjoying and
exploring the Umpqua River canyon. On our multi-day trips we camp in a quiet
riverside Forest Service campground that has car access. As a result you can
bring as much gear as you would like since you will have access to your car at
night. On our 3-Day trips, we run the best section of whitewater twice.
- Your Safety:
At Least Two Boats and Two Guides
Per Trip. On all of our Oregon white water rafting trips we always
have at least two licensed guides on the water. We believe that
the safest possible trip starts with appropriate staffing and that just one
guide on the water is not as effective as two or more. Therefore, we always
have at least two boats and two guides on each trip.
Full Safety Orientation and Gear.
Before each Oregon white water rafting trip we provide a thorough safety and
instructional presentation. As part of our full safety gear ensemble, guests
are provided with specially designed rafting helmets, and when needed, wetsuits
and paddle jackets. We also have four different sizes of lifejackets, from
children's to extra extra large.
Each and every year High Country Expeditions is among the leaders in terms of the
number of guests rafting the Umpqua River. We run trips virtually every day in
the summer. In the summer our primary Umpqua River guides virtually live in the
Umpqua River valley, resulting in a crew that knows well the characteristics of
the Umpqua River, providing you with a great trip.
- Your Convenience:
Trips Virtually Every Day of the
Week in the Summer. Since we are based near the river we
have the ability to run trips virtually every day of the week from April
through late August. This allows you to run the Umpqua River at a time that is
convenient for you.
Shuttle Options from Diamond Lake and Roseburg.
We are happy to provide transportation for groups from nearby resorts and
communities. There is a small fee for this service. Please contact our office
- Your Satisfaction:
We are confident you will find your
experience with High Country Expeditions to be exceptionally rewarding!