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Guided Family Rafting trips on Oregon and California rivers including; the McKenzie River, Umpqua River, Rogue River, Upper Klamath River, California Salmon River, Scott River, Lower Klamath River.
High Country Expeditions offers whitewater river rafting and adventure trips on these wild & scenic rivers: Oregon’s McKenzie River, North Umpqua River, Upper Klamath River, Rogue River and others. Also in California on the Cal-Salmon River, Scott River, Klamath River and many other amazing Whitewater rafting rivers throughout Oregon, California and beyond.
Our Signature trip, located near Eugene, Sisters & Bend, is the perfect family whitewater experience for all ages. Come experience the splendor if this Oregon gem!
When to Go
April – October
Class 2 to 3
1/2 day, 1 day & 2 day (custom)
1/2 day trips: $45 - $60
Full day trips: $73 - $90
**Rates do not include USFS / BLM federal land use fees and carbon tax (these equate to roughly $5)
- River sections of class I-III+ rapids
Umpqua River Rafting Overview
The Umpqua River is a classic Oregon white water rafting trip. Long regarded as a premier steelhead fishing and superlative rafting region, the North Umpqua area is filled with outdoor recreation opportunities. Flowing from it's headwaters near Crater Lake, the Umpqua River stairsteps its way west through a canyon blanketed in Douglas fir and peppered with jagged spires. The Umpqua River eventually drains in the Pacific Ocean some 250 miles from its origin.
Along the way, the Umpqua River serves up some of the best whitewater rafting, scenery and fishing found anywhere in the world. In fact, the Umpqua River is considered such a valuable asset to the wilderness that it was added to the National Wild and Scenic Rivers System in 1988. Whether its the scenery, pool and drop rapids, Cascade Mountain solitude or world class fishing that brings you to the Umpqua River, we are confident that a rafting adventure trip will leave you marveling at this incredible river.
- Class IV - IV+
The Wild and Scenic "Hell's Corner" of the Upper Klamath Rafting trip offers non-stop, fun and exciting Oregon's best whitewater rafting, for most of the year. This upper most, 20 mile portion of the Klamath River is Oregon's only consistent, and without a doubt the best Class 4+ whitewater rafting experience throughout the summer. The section is located between 2 power generating dams, providing consistent water releases throughout the year. This means great Oregon whitewater rafting on the Upper Klamath River. Located in the southern most region of Oregon and nestled between Klamath Falls & Ashland, the UK (as it is known) is close but very remote. Being one of the newest members to federally designated "wild & scenic" rivers in North America makes this adventure one to be experienced.
Upper Klamath River Rafting Trip Highlights
Upper Klamath River History
For many years before the first settlers, the Klamath River was home to the Karok, Modoc, and Yurok Indian tribes. The Klamath was the life blood of the Native Americans who relied on it for its abundance of salmon and trout. The name "Klamath" was derived from an Indian word "Tlamatl" which means "swiftness" in Chinook.
The Gold Rush of 1850-51 brought many miners and left a rich history. The miners caused a terrible disruption in the lives of the Native Americans of the area by damming and diverting water for mining purposes, which made it difficult for spawning salmon and other fish populations. There are remnants of old mining sites, old hotels, brothels and hot spring resorts along the lower portion of the Upper Klamath river.
Only a few years ago the Upper Klamath was known only to a private river runner from Oregon, Jack Leroy. Dean Monroe, head of Wilderness Adventures of Redding, floated the river in 1979 and passed the word that the "Hell's Corner Run" was comparable to the Tuolumne (Monroe invented the name Hell's Corner, wrote a song about the river,and christened most of the rapids as well).
Excerpted from California White Water by Jim Cassady and Fryar Calhoun
In the early 1980s, the town of Klamath Falls proposed to build the Salt Caves Dam. This dam would wipe out the Hell's Corner section of the river. Years of heated debates began. In 1986, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) was directed to study the Klamath River for possible induction into "The National Wild and Scenic River System." Finally in 1994, the 11 miles of canyon from the J.C. Boyle Powerhouse to the Oregon-California state line were designated a federal Wild and Scenic River. This designation provides federal and state protection to the outstanding values of the river and its canyon.
- Class III - IV / IV-V
The Northwest's Premier Class V Whitewater River
The California Salmon River is one of the Northwest’s premier class 4 / 5 spring river rafting runs. This challenging and beautiful river offers class V whitewater rafting, plunging through a narrow steep-walled gorge of glistening marble and granite. The California Salmon flows out of the Marble Mountain and Salmon-Trinity Wilderness Areas down into the Klamath National Forest, offering amazing whitewater rafting adventures.
- Class IV-V
The Scott River, like the Cal-Salmon is one of the premiere and most thrilling California class V springtime whitewater rafting rivers. A sister to the California Salmon River located about 45 minutes from each other, they share many of the same attributes. It is an incredible and seldom run river with technical and continuous class IV and V rapids.
The Scott River is a non-stop high adventure trip set in a very remote lush forest canyon with an abundance of wildlife. The river is fast and furious offering exciting and thrilling rapids like Boulder Creek Falls, White House, Tompkins Creek Falls, and Schuler Gulch and is recommended only for those who have prior Class 3+ to Class 4 paddling experience.
Northern California’s Scott river is a perfect day trip from Ashland & Mt. Shasta for experienced paddlers looking for a classic Class V whitewater adventure. We highly recommend adding the Scott River trip with our 2, 3 or 4 day California Salmon River trips, and making it a Grand Slam adventure of class 4 – 5 whitewater rafting at its purest.
- Class I-II / III-IV rapids
The world renowned Rogue River is a national treasure offering pristine scenery, exciting rapids, warm clear water, excellent fishing and abundant wildlife. The half and full day sections of the Rogue River, also known as the “upper middle” portion, is located in southern Oregon, a short distance from Ashland, Medford and Grants Pass. Situated along the Pacific Flyway, the area offers a wonderful variety of birds and waterfowl, beautiful scenery, and a rich history. There are two sections to choose from: a very relaxing scenic float, or a fantastic whitewater stretch for anyone wanting to get introduced to whitewater rafting.
A perfect day trip for the whole family!
Introduction to Whitewater Rafting on the Rogue River
High Country Expeditions offers a fun and exciting guided run on this portion of the Rogue also known as “the Nugget Run”. It is the ideal adventure for families and individuals wanting to experience the wonderful world of whitewater rafting.
This segment of the Rogue River offers the most enjoyable whitewater excitement of the entire Rogue River, including the 3-4 day “wild & scenic” canyon.