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.

Schools & Programs

Interested in river guide training? Our river guide school and whitewater guide training programs cover the full range of river guide & rafting guide experiences: whitewater river training, river rescue training, and rafting guide training. When you complete your guide training you'll be prepared to lead a whitewater river expedition.

Looking for corporate or group retreats? We offer three unique types of whitewater rafting group retreats in the McKenzie Valley. These team-building programs are perfect for building a unified team and higher morale. We are able to offer exceptional facilities and amenities for your corporate groups, athletic teams or other large groups.

High Country river guide schools are a truly hands on outdoor adventure experience. We focus our energy on having our students experience as much as possible hands-on rather than just being shown & told. This makes for a much more effective learning experience and really helps our students retain what they have learned.

High Country river guide training will give you the solid educational foundation that is critical in the unforgiving river environment. This is a hands-on learning opportunity for outdoor enthusiasts wanting to get involved in commercial or private river guiding as well as for guides with previous experience wanting to enhance their skills. Having a variety of schools available allows you to pick the one that fits your needs and schedule. We offer several different types and lengths of schools to choose from according to what your individual goals are. We offer one week classes as well as weekend workshops for those who cannot commit to a one week course. We also offer a Spring Break Guide School for students and teachers in the school system wanting to learn river skills.

To get more information and a copy of our enrollment form for our guide school, or to book a date for your Oregon rafting retreat please contact us by phone at 1-888-461-7238 or via e-mail.

We look forward to sharing an exciting and educational river adventure with you!

High Country Expeditions whitewater guide & river rescue schools provide our students with the most comprehensive hands-on exposure to the world of river guiding.

Interested in river guide training? Our river guide school and whitewater guide training programs cover the full range of river guide & rafting guide experiences: whitewater river training, river rescue training, and rafting guide training. When you complete your guide training you'll be prepared to lead a whitewater river expedition.

River Guide School & Whitewater Guide Training

Interested in river guide training? Our river guide school and whitewater guide training programs cover the full range of river guide & rafting guide experiences: whitewater river training, river rescue training, and rafting guide training. When you complete your river guide training you'll have the foundation needed in preparing you to become a commercial river guide or to lead your own whitewater river expedition!

Whitewater Rafting Workshops & River Rescue Clinics Overview
High Country Expeditions whitewater guide & river rescue schools provide our students with the most comprehensive hands-on exposure to the world of river guiding.

Our guides and instructors are a wonderful eclectic compilation of highly educated and skilled boaters with an amazing array of skills, from Class V river guides to nature photographers, EMT's, river rescue instructors, ski-patrollers and storywriters.

High Country river guide schools are a truly hands on outdoor adventure experience. People retain 20% of what they hear, 50% of what they write & 80% of what they do! We focus our energy on having our students experience as much as possible hands-on rather than just being shown & told. This makes for a much more effective learning experience and really helps our students retain what they have learned. These guide schools encompass not only the fundamental skills of reading whitewater and maneuvering boats, they also cover knot tying, raft rigging, signals, safety put-in talks, dealing with clients, class V safety techniques, equipment maintenance and repair, river conservation, local history, being in the wilderness and the finer points of creating safe, enjoyable river trips.

High Country whitewater guide training will give you the solid educational foundation that is critical in the unforgiving river environment. This is a hands-on learning opportunity for outdoor enthusiasts wanting to get involved in commercial or private river guiding as well as for guides with previous experience wanting to enhance their skills. Having a variety of schools available allows you to pick the one that fits your needs and schedule. We offer several different types and lengths of schools to choose from according to what your individual goals are. We offer one week classes as well as weekend workshops for those who cannot commit to a one week course. We also offer a Spring Break Guide School for students and teachers in the school system wanting to learn river skills.

To get more information and a copy of our enrollment form please contact us by phone at 1-888-461-7238 or via e-mail.

We look forward to sharing an exciting and educational river adventure with you!


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Looking for corporate or group retreats? High Country Expeditions offers three unique types of team-building programs in the McKenzie Valley. We are also able to offer exceptional facilities and amenities for corporate groups, athletic teams or other large groups.

Whitewater Rafting Group Retreats in Oregon

Located on the western slope of the Central Cascades, the Upper McKenzie River Valley is one of Oregon’s true Gems. In this picturesque setting surrounded by old growth-forest, is the wonderful and exciting McKenzie River. This backdrop sets the ideal location for some of the finest, most exciting, challenging, unique & educational teambuilding programs in Oregon.

People retain 20% of what they hear, 50% of what they write & 80% of what they do!

Our programs are:

  • Experiential
  • Theoretically based
  • Practically applied
  • Customized to meet the goals of the organization
  • Educational
  • And foremost FUN


High Country Expeditions has collaborated with some of the industries finest facilitators to be able to offer a fun and extremely productive experience. Depending on groups needs, desires and problems we are able to choose from an eclectic array of activities.

Facilities and Amenities

Group Facilities near the McKenzie River
High Country Expeditions is able to offer exceptional facilities and amenities for corporate groups, athletic teams or other large groups. On 46 acres in the majestic firs of the McKenzie River Valley 45 minutes east of Eugene & 1 hour west of Bend, Oregon.

  • Private executive lodges
  • Unmatched meeting facilities including audio, LCD video and video data
  • State-of-the-art kitchen and dinning facilities
  • Catering services for private meetings and functions
  • Hiking and running trails
  • Large conference rooms and smaller breakaway rooms
  • Sleeping accommodations for up to 125 in executive lodges and rooms
  • Catering services for private meetings and functions
  • Hiking and running trails
  • Large conference rooms and smaller breakaway rooms

Our facilities are perfect for corporate retreats, team building retreats for school, adventurous family reunions, and more!


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