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Whitewater Rafting: The Wild and Scenic Rogue River

Program Number: 8537RJ
Start and End Dates:
6/18/2014 - 6/23/2014; 6/23/2016 - 6/28/2016; 9/1/2016 - 9/6/2016;
Duration: 5 nights
Location: Rogue River, Oregon
Price starting at: $1,179.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Water Sports Activity Level: t (see description)
Meals: 15; 5 Breakfasts, 5 Lunches, 5 Dinners    
Meal Options: Vegetarian; Gluten Free    

Join us for a whitewater rafting adventure on the Rogue River — rafting into the heart of the Rogue River wilderness. Explore old-growth forest, look for otters, osprey and Bald Eagles, and experience one of the remaining largely untouched corners of America. Nights are spent camping on beautiful beaches, while days are spent on the river, floating calm stretches and mostly class III rapids.


• Challenge the river as part of a paddle raft crew or in an inflatable kayak, and receive expert instruction on river safety, water dynamics, and rafting techniques.
• Take optional hikes to discover regional history — from gold mining remnants to author Zane Grey’s cabin.
• Enjoy excellent wildlife viewing. River otter, salmon, bald eagles and more may be seen.

Activity Particulars

No whitewater rafting or camping experience required.

Date Specific Information


Accommodations this week are wilderness lodges (4 nights) and a riverside campsite (1 night). The group size this week is limited to 12.

Coordinated by Oregon River Experiences.

Rogue River

The Rogue River is the West Coast's premier wilderness river journey. Travel through a beautiful canyon surrounded by Douglas fir forests, sandy beaches, waterfalls, historic homesteads, plenty of wildlife and, of course, whitewater. In all seasons, the Rogue welcomes - whether it is with springtime wildflowers or fall colors and crisp evenings.

Wilderness camping. Participants bring tents, sleeping bags and pads; Rentals available. Portable or pit toilet facilities.
Meals and Lodgings
   Galice Resort
  Galice resort 2 nights
   Black Bar Lodge
  Black Bar Lodge 1 night
   riverside campsite
  The Rogue River 1 night
   Paradise Lodge
  Paradise Lodge 1 night
 Galice Resort
Type: Resort
  Description: The Galice Resort is situated on the banks of Rogue River in the state’s southwest corner. Facilities include cabins, lodges, and a restaurant. The surrounding mountains and old growth forests echo with the history of Hudson Bay trappers, settlers and loggers.
  Contact info: 11744 Galice Rd
Merlin, OR 97532 USA
phone: 541-476-3818
  Smoking allowed: No
  Bathroom: Bathrooms shared with other Road Scholar participants (home style).
  Additional nights prior:  Contact resort about rate for additional nights.
  Check in time: 3:00 PM

 Black Bar Lodge
Type: Lodge
  Description: Nine miles downriver from the entrance to the Rogue River Wild & Scenic Wilderness Area, and a 150 yard walk from the river, the Black Bar Lodge provides private cabins with home style meals to add comfort and enjoyment to your river excursion.
  Contact info: no street address (wilderness location)
none, OR 97532 USA
phone: 541-479-6507
  Room amenities: The Lodge is not able to accommodate the use of hair dryers or other electrical equipment which may provide a large "load" on their generator power system. We recommend keeping a flash light at your bedside overnight in case you need to get out of bed. It is very dark once the power goes out.
  Facility amenities: Each cabin is equipped with a propane heater and hot water tank. Generator powered lights and electricity are available from your arrival until 10:00PM, then again from 6:30AM until your departure. Private log cabins, each with private bathroom, nestled amongst the trees, with a center lodge house to share your meals, play games or music and exchange stories from your day's adventures.
  Smoking allowed: No

 riverside campsite
Type: Tents
  Contact info: -
-, OR - USA
phone: 0--
  Smoking allowed: Yes

 Paradise Lodge
Type: Lodge
  Description: Deep in the heart of the canyon is the Wild Rogue Wilderness Area, Paradise Lodge, originally homesteaded in 1903, is one of a handful of the genuine remaining wilderness lodges in the United States. View black bear, deer and river otter from spacious decks. On the grounds you will find large tended gardens that provide much of our produce, herbs and flowers. In spite of the remote location and restricted access to the area, the lodge has all the amenities of a cozy bed and breakfast and the rustic charm of the historical landmark that it is.
  Contact info: no street address (wilderness location)
none, OR 97504 USA
phone: 888-667-6483
  Facility amenities: Two flights of stairs from river to lodge.
  Smoking allowed: No

Travel Details
  Start of Program:
Arrive at 4 PM, the Galice Resort. You will be staying at Galice Resort that night.
  End of Program:
Program ends at approx. 3:30 PM, at the Galice Resort. You will be staying at Paradise Lodge the night before.
  Required documents:
The Participant Information Form is required. Oregon River Experiences LLC, the program provider, is required by its insurance carrier to obtain signed liability release waivers from all participants. All participants must sign a waiver in order to participate in the program. That waiver will be included in the preparatory material participants will receive after enrolling in the program, and it must be returned prior to the program's commencement.
  Parking availability:
Available at Galice Resort. No charge.
To Start of Program
  Location:  Galice resort
  From End of Program
  Location:  Paradise Lodge
Travel Details

Medford, Oregon


From Airport




Commercial Van/Shuttle
phone: 503-563-1500
Advanced Reservations Required


A shuttle from the Medford airport (or a nearby hotel - location TBA) to the Galice Resort (our program's meeting place) will be available. The shuttle will depart at 3:30 PM on day one of the program. The return shuttle to the airport will also be available the afternoon of day six, after the program has concluded. The cost of this round trip shuttle is included in the program tuition. You must request pickup a minimum of one week in advance. Call O.R.E. at 503-563-1500.

Driving Directions
  All locations We will meet between 4 and 5 PM at the Galice Resort. Look for us in front of the café. Galice is roughly 400 miles north of San Francisco, California, and 250 miles south of Portland, Oregon. To get to Galice, take Interstate 5 to the Merlin exit (exit # 61), five miles north of Grants Pass, then follow the signs to Merlin. This will put you on the main road, which passes through Merlin and continues to Galice, about 20 miles west of I-5. The Galice Resort is on the right hand side, between the road and the river. It takes about 40 minutes to drive from Grants Pass to Galice. Contact O.R.E. if you are interested in carpooling.
Elevation Note: Elevations below 3,000 feet except during return drive, when elevations reach 5,000 feet.

Equipment Requirements: Clothing and shoes appropriate for whitewater rafting are required.
The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.

Daily Schedule

Day 1: Check-in and Orientation
(Wednesday, June 18)
 Arrive To: Check in at the Resort between 4 and 5 PM. Dinner will be at approximately 6:00pm. Introductions and an orientation session follow dinner.
 Dinner: Dinner will be at approximately 6:00pm.
 Evening: After dinner, a brief orientation and get-acquainted session will be held.
Accommodations: Galice Resort
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2:
(Thursday, June 19)
 Breakfast: Breakfast at Galice Resort.
 Morning: We depart for the river at approximately 9:30 AM. Once we arrive a river safety orientation and gear check will be conducted. We'll be on the river by approximately 10:30 AM. This first day of rafting features beautiful scenery and mild rapids.
 Lunch: Lunch provided.
 Afternoon: Rafting continues. Return to Galice lodge by late afternoon.
 Dinner: Dinner at Galice Lodge.
Accommodations: Galice Resort
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Today we head downstream into the famous wilderness section of the Rogue River.
(Friday, June 20)
 Breakfast: Breakfast provided.
 Morning: We begin with a one hour float to the Rainey Falls portage. Watch Spring Chinook jumping, while your expert guides maneuvering the boats through this Class V rapid as you walk around the Falls. Then its back on the river for more rafting.
 Lunch: Lunch provided.
 Afternoon: Rafting continues, amid the perfect combination of incredible geography, sparkling water, sunshine and fresh breezes. Arrive to our lodge late afternoon.
 Dinner: Dinner at Black Bar Lodge.
Accommodations: Black Bar Lodge
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Raft on the river and stop at Zane Gray's cabin and Battle Bar.
(Saturday, June 21)

Note: Overnight accommodations are at a beautiful beach along the river. Tents, sleeping bags, sleeping pads, and chairs provided.

 Breakfast: Breakfast provided.
 Morning: Rafts depart approximately 9:30 AM. We'll cover about 15 miles of river today, with stops (time permitting) at Zane Gray's cabin and Battle Bar (site of the 1855-56 Indian Wars).
 Lunch: Lunch provided.
 Afternoon: Continue rafting.
 Dinner: Ample and delicious dinner served at riverside. Catered by our guides.
 Evening: Relax on the beach and watch the river flow by, while the guides set up tents and beds for you. Watch for otters and bald eagles in the evening light, enjoy social time around the campfire, and then fall asleep in a cozy tent beneath a blanket of stars.
Accommodations: riverside campsite
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Choice of two optional hikes to the Rogue River Ranch or along Mule Creek Canyon, followed by a short rafting trip through Mule Creek Canyon and Blossom Bar, the river's most challenging rapids.
(Sunday, June 22)
 Breakfast: Breakfast provided.
 Morning: Two optional hikes. 1) Two miles (round trip) to the Rogue River Ranch, a remote government ranger station and museum of regional artifacts. Enjoy the beauty and learn more about defining, maintaining and protecting wilderness areas. 2) Three miles (round trip) along Mule Creek Canyon to scenic Inspiration Point above Stair Creek Falls.
 Lunch: Lunch provided.
 Afternoon: Return to the river. Today’s run is short (less than five miles) but includes the river’s most notable rapids: Mule Creek Canyon and Blossom Bar. Arrive to our lodge in time to enjoy the spectacular setting.
 Dinner: Dinner at Paradise Lodge.
Accommodations: Paradise Lodge
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Mild rapids allow for ample opportunity to enjoy outstanding scenery and to keep an eye out for the river's abundant wildlife.
(Monday, June 23)
 Breakfast: Breakfast provided.
 Morning: Depart our lodge approximately 9:30 am for 8 miles of river. Stop at scenic Flora Del Creek and waterfall.
 Lunch: Lunch provided.
 Afternoon: We arrive at Foster Bar, our take-out point, at approximately 1 PM. Once we’ve unpacked your gear from the boats you’ll board a van for the ride back to Galice. Van travel back to Galice Resort is a 2 hour trip on a mixed surface road – mostly paved but with some gravel stretches. Route is a winding road, so if you’re particularly susceptible to car sickness you may want to bring medication. Van will return to Galice and those with vehicles parked here will disembark. Van will then continue to the Medford airport for those who have need transportation to that location. Estimated arrival time at the airport is 4:30 PM.
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
Important information about your itinerary: Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy and completeness of the information featured on this website. Itineraries are based on our best information at this time. Circumstances beyond our control may require us to adjust itineraries or other details. We regret any inconvenience this may cause and appreciate your understanding. Information will be sent to you from your Program Provider approximately three weeks prior to the program start date. The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.

Suggested Reading List

The Rogue River - A Comprehensive Guide

Author: Matt Leidecker

Description: A waterproof, spiral-bound map and guidebook.

The Hip Pocket Naturalist: A Guide to Oregons Rogue River Basin

Author: Andrew Jackman

The Rogue : A River to Run

Author: Florence Arman and Glen Wooldridge

Description: The story of pioneer Rogue River runner Glen Wooldridge.

Rogue River Float Guide

Author: USDA forest Service

Description: Waterproof booklet

Illahe: The Story of Settlement in the Rogue River Canyon

Author: Kay Atwood

Description: (Out of print.)

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