∑ Our prices are all-inclusive. This includes all of your gear, such as water shoes, wetsuits, paddle jackets and pants when required or requested. Some outfitters offer you these items at an extra charge. Also, all of our advertised prices include the 3% forest service fee, so what you see is what you pay.
∑ HCE uses only top-of-the-line gear. This is true for our boats and gear.
∑ HCE guides have extensive training and certifications. All of our guides have a minimum of First Aid/CPR and WRT(Whitewater Rescue Technician) certifications, and several have more than this. This is a phenomenal level of training that ensures only the finest, most knowledgeable guides work for us.
∑ Our prices are low. We are able to offer reduced prices because we are locally owned and operated. This decreases expenses and allows us to be more flexible. We, in turn, pass this on to our customers.
∑ Vehicle Safety When you raft with HCE, you leave your car at a family resort, which increases the safety of your vehicle. Most companies have their clients meet them at the put in, where their cars are left unattended while clients are on the river. This greatly increases the chance of vandalism and theft. However, for McKenzie river trips, when you leave your car at Belknap Lodge & Hot Springs, you have the security of knowing there is little chance of mischief since it is a family resort, and always very busy. We have never had any problems with theft of vandalism at the resort.
∑ We serve delicious meals using only the freshest ingedients. We also cater to special dietary requirements such as vegetarian, Vegan, or low carb.
∑ Our staff is friendly, knowledgeable, professional, politically correct and above all, fun. All of our guides are well versed in local history, attractions and the surrounding ecosystems.
∑ We have fun!!! Our trips are all about fun. Our guides work as a team, they love what they do and want to share river experiences with others.
∑ We customize. We are willing to customize trips in just about any manner that is reasonable. This includes picking up our guests from their lodging location, arranging custom meeting times and other special requests.
∑ On the McKenzie River; High Country Expeditions is one of very few outfitters that use the Olallie and Frissell boat launches on the Upper McKenzie all season long. Many outfitters start from Paradise campground. We use the two higher boat launches for three main reasons: 1. By doing so we avoid the congestion other outfitters must deal with at Paradise 2. Launching from the higher locations allows you a much more scenic and pristine experience because they are located on the wild and scenic portion of the river. The lower river is beautiful also, but there are houses all along he banks. The upper section, which is mostly void of houses, is more of a true wilderness experience. When launching from Olallie you gain an extra eight miles of wilderness before reaching paradise campground, and from Frissell and extra four miles. 3. This upper section offers exciting rapids and beautiful scenery that we donít want to miss.