Our Boats & Gear

At HCE we pride ourselves in only using and making available to you, our guests, the finest gear, boats, and safety equipment in the outfitting industry. Combining this with our exceptionally trained and very personable guides makes for the absolute best and safest outdoor experience available anywhere!

If you ever disagree, we will offer you the river trip for free.

Paddle Raft

Our Paddle boats are top of the line self-bailing rafts. Our fleet consists of 12ft to 16ft custom manufactured rafts (Made in the USA.) High Country Expeditions will put 2 to 8 clients per boat, this depends on the river, the season and occasion. This form of rafting is where everyone is counted on to pull their part in paddling, teamwork and guide, rafter coordination to achieve maximum performance. This is also the preferred method of rafting on rivers ranging from class 2,3 & some class 4 runs, offering maximum participation and overall fun.

Stern Frame Paddle Raft

This configuration is also where everyone is counted on for overall response to their guide’s commands. With a bit more room for error since the guide uses actual oars rather than just a guide stick to help with maneuvering, extra power and overall more last minute control of the craft. Thus, giving folk a little more leeway when it comes to paddling.

This configuration is great for family trips with lots of kids or seniors also wanting to experience a wonderful whitewater adventure, on class 2-3 raft trips.

Also a wonderful tool for guides on bigger rivers with long and technical rapids. The use of a pure paddle raft or a stern assist configuration boat is always left up to the guide depending on the river, crew make-up, weather… unless specifically requested.

Wherever your rafting adventure takes you, we hope that you at least once experience one of our great NW whitewater rafting excursions. We are sure that once you do, that you’ll be hooked as we are on rafting in Oregon and California with High Country Expeditions.

Expedition Frame Paddle Raft

This configuration is used for overnight river trips as well as for our very relaxing scenic raft trips. You just relax, sit-back and let us guide you down the river.

Inflatable Kayaks aka IK's

On our McKenzie, Rogue & lower Klamath rafting trips we offer IK's. IK's offer an exciting way to experience the river without having to know all of the details of a Hard shell Kayak. Perfect for anyone wanting to paddle down the river under their own power. All IK's come with Thigh straps, paddle, wet suit, booties and helmet. IK trips are with guides only, HCE does not rent out IK without supervision.

Hard Shell Kayaks

We offer great Kayak lessons and trips. High Country Expeditions uses newer & top of the line models for all of its roll sessions and introduction to Kayaking classes.

Sit-on-top Kayaks