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The Rogue River

An amazing family vacation.

For right-brained people

Family whitewater rafting vacations on the Rogue River with ARTA River TripsThe Rogue River is beautiful, but in that unassuming, natural, comfortable, not-flashy kind of way; like it would look good in sweat pants and a T-shirt, in the morning. No stunning, cover-of-National-Geographic vistas, just mile after mile of gentle prettiness. Same with the rapids, no real heart-stoppers or poster-shots, just mile after mile of fun, straightforward, manageable drops and chutes; frequent, but not frenzied. It has its moments, like at Mule Creek Canyon where the whole river channels down into a narrow, walled-in gorge and rushes through a mile-long stretch of lively whitewater, but for the most part, this is just an easy place to be. The water is that perfect-for-swimming temperature; we take lots of different kinds of boats, from ridiculously relaxing oar rafts to dial-your-own-thrill-level inflatable kayaks; there are tons of side-streams; there are good campsites with great swimming opportunities; a few short hikes, a few historic cabins, and so much wildlife that you may get tired of watching osprey dive for fish. For kids it’s like a playground; for parents, well, it’s like taking your kids to the playground.



"I can't say enough about your guides. They all really helped make the trip one of the greatest vacations my kids and I have been on."

Susan McKinney

For left-brained people:

  • The Rogue in one word:
  • Family
  • In another word:
  • Playground
  • Best known for:
  • Wildlife
  • No other trip has:
  • So much swimming
  • Expect to:
  • Bond
  • You can also:
  • Watch Shakespeare
  • Signature Rapid:
  • Blossom Bar
  • Types of boats:
  • Oar, paddle and inflatable kayak
  • Meeting Place:
  • Grants Pass, OR
  • Length in days: 3, 4 or 5
  • Length in miles: 37
  • Overall difficulty: III
  • Highest difficulty (#): IV- (2)
  • Rapids/day: ~ 10
  • Gradient: 14 feet/mile
  • Rapids:spacer3 1/2 stars
  • Scenery:spacer4 1/2 stars
  • Wilderness: 3 1/2 stars
  • Swimming:spacer5+ stars
  • Hiking:spacer4 stars
  • Campsites:spacer3 1/2 stars
  • Wildlife:spacer5+ stars
  • Fishing:spacer3 1/2 stars
  • River Otter

    River Otters -
    (Lontra canadensi) – Playful, social and at home in the water, otters are our natural spirit animals. And, like us, they often move in with others uninvited, (they live in “holts” which are burrows they share with fellow mammals – Mother Nature’s original couch surfers). They like the same places we like and we see them everywhere we go, just not enough.