Whitewater Rafting Trips in Oregon & Idaho


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Bend, Oregon 97709

Oregon River Rafting Area Links

Links to area activities, lodging, weather reports, maps and more - organized by river.
General Links
Northwest River Supplies (clothing & equipment)
Fun Links
Other Area Resources & Friends   (Vacation planning, non-profits and partners)

 Bend & Central Oregon Area Links

Bend Weather (Updated Forecast from NOAA)
Lodging & Camping
The Shilo Inn, Bend, Oregon Riverside accommodations, dining, swimming pool and convenient location.  Rafting trips depart from the Shilo Inn daily.
The Pine Ridge Inn Offers a beautiful, quiet and intimate lodging experience in Bend. Check out their packages and specials year-round!
The Oxford Hotel  Eco-Chic Boutique Hotel. Located in downtown Bend and walking distance from great shops, galleries, dining and breweries. 
Lara House Bed & Breakfast  Luxury lodging two blocks from downtown and with a view of the river offers unique and comfortable lodging and a wine and beer hour each evening.


Timberline Mountain Guides Guided alpine and rock climbing instruction at Smith Rock State Park, throughout the Oregon Cascades, as well as glacier hiking and climbing on Mt. Hood.
Cog Wild Bicycle Tours Guided mountain biking, rentals and vehicle shuttles.
Diane's Riding Place Offers a family friendly horse riding environment in Bend. 
The High Desert Museum Engages visitors in the people, plants and animals of the arid intermountain west -- also known as the high desert. 50,000 square feet of exhibits indoors and paved outdoor trails through acres of live animal exhibits and habitats. Educational programs, bookstore. South of Bend on HWY 97.
Wanderlust Tours Wanderlust Tours offers half-day naturalist-guided tours and trips in Bend, Sunriver and Sisters, Oregon. Wanderlust Tours has specialized in outdoor tours, outdoor activities and things to do while on vacation or exploring your own backyard in Bend and Sunriver, Oregon since 1993.
Sunriver Nature Center The Sunriver Nature Center & Observatory (SNCO) is an independent non-profit that offers education and insight into the natural world that surrounds the Sunriver area.

 Deschutes River Area Links                                 
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Deschutes River Weather (Updated Forecast from NOAA)

         Meeting Locations

Lodging & Camping
Maupin City Park.  Lunch stop for 1-day trips. All multi-day trips end here.  RV and tent camping, showers available.  541-395-2252
Best Western (Madras) 800-528-1234
Inn At Cross Keys Station (Madras) 877-475-5800  Best! Great feedback from guests!
Oasis Café (Maupin) (One day trips meet here) Cabins, Café, Store. 541-395-2611
The Shilo Inn (Bend) 800-222-2244
Wasco House Bed & Breakfast (Wasco). If you are heading east after the trip and want a place to stay that's off the beaten path. 503-341-4450.


Mt. Hood Recreation, Dining and Lodging. 
Cog Wild Bicycle Tours Guided mountain biking, rentals and vehicle shuttles.
The High Desert Museum Engages visitors in the people, plants and animals of the arid intermountain west -- also known as the high desert. 50,000 square feet of exhibits indoors and paved outdoor trails through acres of live animal exhibits and habitats. Educational programs, bookstore. South of Bend on HWY 97.

Get Photos from your Trip

Deschutes River Photos -  Select your trip date and click on the Ouzel Folder.  You will need to sign up or log in.

Deschutes River Maps
GoogleMap links with placemarks for shuttle routes, launch and take-out locations, popular campsites, major rapids, area lodging and other points of interest.

 McKenzie River Area Links   Back to Top

McKenzie River Weather (Updated Forecast from NOAA)

Meeting Locations

            Shilo Inn-Bend
                Ray's Food Place-Sisters
                Black Butte Ranch
                Paradise Campground

Lodging & Camping

Holiday Farm Resort  Lodge and Cabins on the McKenzie River
McKenzie River Mountain Resort  Vacation Cabins and Homes near Blue River, OR.
Eagle Rock Lodge Resort Lodge and Cabins on the McKenzie River
McKenzie Riverside Cottages Historic cottages and lodge suites on the McKenzie River
Inn at the Bridge Riverfront cabins located in McKenzie Bridge
Loloma Lodge Lodge and cabins on the McKenzie River
Campground List from Willamette National Forest. Our favorites are McKenzie Bridge, Paradise and Olallie.
Dee Wright Observatory Built by the Civilian Conservation Corps.  Located at the summit of McKenzie Pass on Scenic Highway 242. 
Sahalie & Koosah Falls Very accessible, beautiful waterfalls located 17 miles northeast of McKenzie Bridge on HWY 126.
McKenzie River National Recreation Trail Following along the McKenzie River for 26 miles this trail offers great hiking and biking oppurtunities.
Get Photos from your Trip
McKenzie River Photos -  Select your trip date.  Record the image numbers you wish to purchase and order from the home page. 
McKenzie River Map
Our Half-Day Trips run from Paradise to Bruckart
Our Full-Day Trips run from Paradise to Blue River

Rogue River Area Links

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Rogue River Weather (Updated Forecast from NOAA)

Meeting Location

             Galice Resort

Lodging & Camping

The Galice Resort Lodging, dining, rafter's store and raft rentals on the banks of the Rogue River. Our Rogue River trips start and end here. Experience Galice!
Riverhouse On The Rogue Sleeping cabins right on the banks of the Rogue River.  Dinner and Breakfast included.  
Riverside Inn Nice accommodations and dining on the banks of the Rogue River in Grants Pass.  Convenient to shopping, dining and area activities.Conference facilities.30 minutes from Galice.
Rogue Regency Inn  Located 5 minutes from the Medford airport. 1 hour from Galice.
Riversong House A three bedroom house overlooking the Rogue River.   Located 1 mile from Galice.
Morrison's Rogue River Lodge  Located on the Rogue River.  Luxury lodging & dinning. 5 minutes from Galice.
Camping - Click on the link for the Rogue River Map Below. The map on page 25 shows all the campsites listed in the area along the river near Galice.  The largest campgrounds with the most facilities are Indian Mary and Almeda.
After the Trip - Lodging Near the Take-out or at the Oregon Coast
Powder House Vacation Rental - Port Orford, OR. Cozy, 100 year old beach cottage. Sleeps two couples.
TuTuTun Lodge  Upscale lodging and dining on the Rogue River. Near Gold Beach.


Hellgate Excursions Jet boat tours on the Rogue River through Hellgate Canyon. Dinner cruises and day trips. Located in Grants Pass near the Riverside Inn.
Wildlife Images Rehabilitation Center Excellent educational experience. See wildlife up close. Amazing place! Near Grants Pass and Merlin.
Crater Lake National Park Oregon's only national park.  Crater Lake is the United State's deepest, coldest and clearest lake.  Located 2.5 hours east of Grants Pass.
Oregon Caves National Monument Explore marble canyons with diverse geological formations and hike through old growth forests.  Tours available.  One hour southwest of Grants Pass.
Oregon Shakespeare Festival A wide variety of plays takes place each summer at this nationally recognized festival in Ashland, Oregon.  Fans love the wonderful outdoor Elizabethan theatre.  Ashland also offers  great dining, site seeing and lodging.   45 minutes south of Grants Pass.
Historic Jacksonville  Oregon's first state capital. Hosts the Britt Music Festival in an outdoor amphitheater.  Great lodging, dining and site seeing.  Located 40 minutes south of Grants Pass. 

Rogue River Maps
Rogue River Map - Download the Bureau of Land Managements Rogue River Float Guide (15 mb).   Our trips run from Argo or Grave Creek to Foster Bar. (Pages 25 - 39)
Rogue River on Google Earth (KMZ file download, Google Earth required). Camps, rapids and points of interest marked.

 North Umpqua River Area Links   Back to Top

North Umpqua River Weather (Updated Forecast from NOAA)    
Meeting Location
Lodging & Camping
Steamboat Lodge A famous country inn located near our meeting location. Excellent dining. Lodge and cottages. Call 1-800-840-8825
Illahee Inn Glide OR. Our small, quiet inn provides comfortable lodging and has six oversized non-smoking rooms with all the amenities. Call 541-496-4870
Swiftwater Guest House Choose from a fully furnished 3-bedroom home or one of two fully furnished studios.  Tell them you're booked with Ouzel and receive a 10% discount. 888-454-9696.
Dogwood Motel: Call 541-496-3403
Diamond Lake Resort Lodge and cabins (541) 793-3333.
Best Western Roseburg 1-800-528-1234
Umpqua's Last Resort Campground   Offers campsites, large RV settings and lodging with heated showers, wireless internet access (WiFi), laundry and kitchen facilitiesLocated in the Umpqua National Forest along the North Umpqua River.
River Vista Vacation Homes  Three vacation homes with spectacular view of the river are located just minutes off Interstate 5. (541)496-0506
The Lodge at Crater Lake  Historic lodge at Crater Lake National Park.  Often full far in advance.

Camp Ground Map There are many beautiful campsites along the North Umpqua River in the area where we raft.  Except for a few large group sites at Horseshoe Bend and near Steamboat, none of  the campgrounds take reservations.  Horseshoe Bend is the most popular, but all of them are great.  The following link will take you to a Forest Service map of the campgrounds.  


Crater Lake National Park Crater Lake has inspired people for hundreds of years. No place else on earth combines a deep, pure lake, so blue in color; sheer surrounding cliffs, almost two thousand feet high and a picturesque island.
Umpqua Valley Vineyard Tours  Due to the valley's diverse soil and climate a wide variety of wines can be produced such as Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot.  Every winery in this region is family owned and operated.
Diamond Lake  This alpine lake located in the Umpqua National Forest offers many recreational activities and resort facilities.  Located off Hwy. 138, just  five miles north of Crater Lake National Park.    
Wildlife Safari Wildlife Safari is a safari park in Winston, Oregon, United States. It is home to hundreds of animals that wander freely over the 600-acre park, which guests can drive through.

North Umpqua River Maps
Links to the BLM/FS River User's Guide.
North Umpqua River Map 1 - Boulder Flat to Horseshoe Bend
North Umpqua River Map 2 - Horseshoe Bend to Gravel Bin
North Umpqua River Map 3 - Gravel Bin to Bogus Creek (This map is mis-labelled as Horseshoe Bend to Gravel Bin)
North Umpqua River Map 4 - Bogus Creek to Susan Creek
Our 1-Day Trips run from Boulder Flay to Gravel Bin (Map 1 - Map 2)
Our 2-Day Trips include the section from Gravel Bin to Susan Creek (Map 3 - Map 4)
North Umpqua River on Google Earth (KMZ file download, Google Earth required). Rapids, creeks and points of interest marked from Boulder Flat to Gravel Bin.

 John Day River Area Links   Back to Top

John Day River Weather (Updated Forecast from NOAA)

Meeting Locations

            Clarno Boat Ramp
            Service Creek Boat Ramp

Lodging & Camping

Service Creek Stage Stop Bed & Breakfast (Service Creek) 541-468- 3331. Restaurant & store.
Wilson Ranches Retreat  (Fossil) Working cattle & dude ranch, B&B. 866-763-2227.
Wasco House Bed & Breakfast.(Wasco) Clean, charming and comfortable B&B. 503-341-4450.
Inn At Cross Keys Station (Madras) Great reports from guests! 541-475-5800. 
The Shilo Inn (Bend) 800-222-2244
Hotel Condon   (Nice) Located in Condon. 541-384-4624


John Day Fossil Beds National Monument  30 to 40 million year old fossil beds expose brilliantly colored volcanic deposits and contain one of the world's greatest collections of early mammal specimans.  Take an interpretive hike, have a picnic or check out the museum.
Kam Wah Chung & Co. Museum Owned by 19th century gold miner "Doc" Ing Hay.  This museum will give you a glimpse into both the life and culture of an early Chinese community in Oregon. Located in John Day, OR. 
Fossil, Oregon offers local rock hounding and fossil-hunting opportunities such as Richardson's Rock Ranch.

 Owyhee River Area Links   Back to Top

Owyhee River Weather (Updated Forecast from NOAA)
Conservation!  Learn about conservation issues, the efforts of the Oregon Natural Desert Association and how you can get invloved to help protect this unique and spectacular place. Contact: Chris Hansen (chansen@onda.org) or check out www.WildOwyhee.org.

Meeting Location
          BLM Launch Site, Rome

Lodging & Camping

JORDON VALLEY  (30 minutes east of Rome)
Basque Station Motel  (541) 586-2244  **BEST**
Rome Cafe, (541) 586-2294, Cabins **BASIC**
BURNS  (1.75 hours to Rome)
Best Inn, (541) 573-5295
Crystal Crane Hotsprings (541) 493-2312 (between Burns and Rome)
ONTARIO (2 hours to Rome)
Best Western (541) 889-2600
Crystal Crane Hotsprings (1.5 hours from Rome
Steens Mountain  This unique mountain oasis offers hiking, horseback riding, resort lodges, fishing, hunting, scenic drives and much more including winter activities.  Located 60 miles south of Burns, Oregon.
Jordan Craters  "Moonscape-like" area of basalt lava flows with well preserved vents and striking features.  Located 60 miles northeast of Rome.
Jordan Valley "Big Loop" Rodeo  Rough, wild and in the tradition of the old west this rodeo draws cowboys from all over the west.  Held the third weekend in May.  Located in Jordan Valley, Oregon.
Malheur National Wildlife Refuge  187,000 acreas of habitat including wetlands, riparian area, meadows and uplands offer prime wildlife viewing.  The refuge has over 320 species of birds and 58 species of mammals.  Located just south of Burns, Oregon.
Silver City, Idaho Ghost Town  An authentic old-west town.  May be difficult to get to in the spring.  Located 60 slow miles east of Rome.
Paradise Birding  Birding trips in the nearby Malheur Wildlife Refuge and river-based birding trips on the Owyhee.
 Owyhee River Map
Owhee River Map - GoogleMap overview of the river with notable rapids and locations.

Lower Salmon River Area Links

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Lower Salmon River Weather (Updated Forecast from NOAA)

Meeting Location

             Hammer Creek Recreation Site and Boat Ramp

Lodging & Camping

Whitebird Summit Lodge - Great Reviews. Grangeville, ID.  30 minutes from our meeting location. 866-562-5398
Canyon House. (2-bedroom vacation suite). White Bird. 208-839-2777
Kilgore Adventures Lodging. Riverside Motel. White Bird. 8 Minutes from our launch location. 800-469-8757.
Hoots Motel. White Bird, ID. 208-839-2265. 30 minutes from our launch location.
Super 8 Motel. Grangeville. 28 minutes from our launch location. 208-983-1002
Elkhorn Lodge. Grangeville. 208-983-1500 
Gateway Inn. Grangeville. 208-983-2500. 
Downtowner Inn. Grangeville. 208-983-1110
Dog Bark Park Inn B&B. Cottonwood. 208-983-1236. 
Quality Inn & Suites  Clarkston, WA. Comfortable rooms, fine dining, pool, putting green on the the banks of the Snake River. 
The York House  An eclectic and fun bed and breakfast.  The 2 homes are 100 years old and located in the Lewiston, ID.  
Hells Gate State Park Camping and Cabins.  4 miles south of Lewiston. 


Hells Canyon National Recreation Area  This very impressive canyon is the deepest in North America offering hiking, scenic viewpoints, wildlife and solitude.  Located south of Lewiston.
Wallowa Lake State Park  Surrounded by snow-capped mountains this park offers hiking, horseback riding, camping, canoeing and abundant wildlife.  Located near the town of Joseph, famous for its bronze foundry.  Two hours south of Lewiston.
Bitterroot National Forest  The 1.6 million acre forest contains mountain peaks, wildlife including grizzly bears and wolves and the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness which is the largest wilderness area in the lower 48 states.
Clearwater Historical Museum  This museum displays over 4000 photographs and artifacts from the Lewis and Clark Expedition and of the Nez Perce Indians.  In Orofino, east of Lewiston on US Hwy 12.
Idaho Repertory Theatre  This theatre is one of the longest running professional summer theatres in the Pacific Northwest.  Located in Moscow, north of Lewiston on US Hwy 95.
Nez Perce National Historical Park  More than 38 separate sites scattered throughout Oregon and Idaho make up the park.  An interpretive center near Spalding provides insight into the culture.
River Quest Excursions Jet Boat tours in Hells Canyon. River Quest provides our jet boat transportation.
Eagle Cap Guide Service Fishing on the Wallowa, Minam, Grand Ronde and other rivers, plus alpine lakes in the Eagle Cap Wilderness.
Wolf Education and Research Center This twenty-acre enclosure is home to a pack of wolves.  The visitor center is  open daily from Memorial Day to Labor Day and offers self-guided and guided tours by reservation. Located in nearby Winchester; 40 minutes outside of Lewiston. 

           Lower Salmon River Map 

Lower Salmon River Map - Link to the Bureau of Land Management's Lower Salmon River Boater's Guide.  Our 4 & 5-Day Trips run from Hammer Creek to Heller's Bar (Map 2 - Map 25)

Other Area Resources & Friends:

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  1. The Nature Conservancy
  2. Smith Rock State Park
  3. KayakOnline Equipment and resources for our kayaking friends.
  4. East Cascades Audubon Society A local 501(c)3 focusing on birds and their habitats in Central Oregon. They keep it fun and have lots of local projects, field trips and kids activities.
  5. Bachelor Parties The river is a great place to celebrate! You can also find all things bachelor partyish.
  6. Visit Bend Find out what's happening in Bend, Oregon, including things to do, Bend events, Bend breweries, Bend restaurants and Bend lodging. This is the go to page for everything happening in Bend.


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