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Whitewater Rafting: The Wild and Scenic Rogue River

Program Number: 8537RJ
Start and End Dates:
6/26/2014 - 7/1/2014;
Duration: 5 nights
Location: Rogue River, Oregon
Price starting at: $699.00 - 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. Depending on the date, nights are spent camping on beautiful beaches or staying at wilderness lodges, while days are spent on the river, paddling calm stretches and mostly class III rapids.




Highlights

• 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

6-26-2014

Accommodations this week are tents. The group size this week is limited to 20.



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.



Accommodations
Accommodations vary by program week. Camping: Participants bring tents, sleeping bags and pads; Rentals available; Portable or pit toilet facilities. Lodges: Shared or private bathrooms.
Meals and Lodgings
   riverside campsite
  The Rogue River 5 nights
 riverside campsite
Type: Tents
  Contact info: -
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  Smoking allowed: Yes


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
Arrive at 4:30 PM, in the parking lot of Almeda Bar Campground. You will be staying at riverside campsite that night.
  End of Program:
Program ends at approx. 5:30 PM, at the Galice Resort. You will be staying at riverside campsite the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety 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.
Transportation
To Start of Program
  Location:  The Rogue River
  Nearest city or town:  Galice, Oregon.
  Nearest highway: Interstate 5.
  Nearest airport:  Medford, Oregon.
  From End of Program
  Location: The Rogue River
    (Additional transportation information same as above)
Travel Details
 

Medford, Oregon

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Commercial Van/Shuttle
O.R.E.
phone: 503-563-1500
Advanced Reservations Required

   

A shuttle from the Medford airport (or a nearby hotel - location TBA) to the Almeda Bar Camground (our program's meeting place) will be available. The shuttle will depart at 3:00 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 airport-area pickup a minimum of one week in advance. Call 503-563-1500.

 
Driving Directions
  All locations We will meet at 4:30 PM on the first day of the trip at the Almeda Bar Campground, near the town of Galice. Look for us in the main parking lot. Galice is roughly 400 miles north of San Francisco, California, and 250 miles south of Portland, Oregon. To get to Almeda Bar Campground, 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. Almeda Bar is roughly three miles past Galice, 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: Sleeping bag, pad, and tent. (Chairs provided.) We offer camping equipment for rent to those who do not own or do not wish to transport this gear. High quality, two-person backpacking style tents are available for a $40 per tent rental fee (per trip). Sleep kits (15 degree rated synthetic sleeping bag, cotton bag liner, self-inflating sleep pad, and ground cloth) are also available, for $40 per person. Supplies are limited, so please place your rental gear reservation request well in advance by calling the O.R.E. office at 1-800-827-1358. Rental fees are payable by check or by credit or debit card.
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: Meet at 4:30 pm at Almeda Bar Campground, Orientation
(Thursday, June 26)
   
 Arrive To: We will meet at 4:30 PM at the Almeda Bar Campground near Galice, Oregon. Look for us in the main parking lot. Our Lead Guide will show you how to pack your things into our waterproof river bags, and direct you to our campsite for the evening.
 Dinner: Dinner will be served between 6 and 7 PM.
 Evening: After dinner, a brief orientation and get-acquainted session will be held.
   
Accommodations: riverside campsite
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: Travel to Galice Resort to leave cars, then raft on the river, watch Spring Chinook jump, and hike around Rainey Falls
(Friday, June 27)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast provided.
 Morning: After breakfast on day two we will pack up camp, then we will car caravan to Galice Resort (a 10 minute drive) where you will park your vehicle. We will then return by van to Almeda Bar, and after a safety orientation we'll begin our journey downstream.
 Lunch: Lunch provided.
 Afternoon: Soon we come to Rainey Falls. Here we watch Spring Chinook jumping, and your guides will maneuver the boats through this Class V rapid as you hike around the Falls. Then it is back on the river for more rafting.
 Dinner: Dinner provided.
   
Accommodations: riverside campsite
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Raft on the river and stop at Zane Gray's cabin and Battle Bar
(Saturday, June 28)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast provided.
 Morning: Rafts depart at approximately 10 am. We'll cover about 12 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: Rafting continues, amid the perfect combination of incredible geography, sparkling water, sunshine and fresh breezes.
 Dinner: Dinner provided.
   
Accommodations: riverside campsite
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Lay-over day at Mule Canyon Camp, and choice of two optional hikes to the Rogue River Ranch or along Mule Creek Canyon
(Sunday, June 29)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast provided.
 Morning: Lay-over day at Mule Creek Camp. Optional hikes: one mile (round trip) to the Rogue River Ranch, a remote BLM ranger station and museum of regional artifacts. Enjoy the beauty and learn more about defining, maintaining and protecting wilderness areas. And four miles (round trip) along Mule Creek Canyon to scenic Inspiration Point above Stair Creek Falls.
 Lunch: Lunch provided.
 Dinner: Dinner provided.
   
Accommodations: riverside campsite
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Raft down the river through Mule Creek Canyon and Blossom Bar rapids
(Monday, June 30)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast provided.
 Morning: Today’s run is includes perhaps the river's most dramatic scenery, and certainly the river’s most notable rapids: Mule Creek Canyon and Blossom Bar.
 Lunch: Lunch provided.
 Dinner: Dinner provided.
   
Accommodations: riverside campsite
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Raft down the river for our final stretch to our take out point, van back to Galice and departures
(Tuesday, July 1)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast provided.
 Morning: We depart our final camp at approximately 9:30 am for a float along the last 7 miles of river. Along the way we'll stop at scenic Flora Del Creek and waterfall.
 Lunch: Lunch provided.
 Afternoon: We typically arrive at Foster Bar, our take-out point, between 2:00 and 3 PM. Once we’ve unpacked 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 includes some sections of winding road, so if you’re particularly susceptible to car sickness you may want to bring Dramamine.
   
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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