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Rogue River, Oregon

Family Vacations & Family Vacation Ideas - Rogue River, OR
Four Days, Class III

Departure Dates
June 9, 14, 16, 19, July 9, August 11, 18, September 8

$961 adult / $837 youth

Five Days, Class III

Departure Dates
June 26, July 2, 10, 14, 17, 21, 24, 28, 31, August 7, 14, 26, September 9

$1099 adult / $979 youth


Why the Rogue? (cont.)

•  Our Rogue trip is tailor-made for families seeking to spend some “quality time” away from the hustle of everyday life. Cares and worries are forgotten as fathers and sons, mothers and daughters, come closer together with each passing river mile. Side canyons, swimming holes and sandy beaches make being out of the rafts as much fun as on them. O.A.R.S. trips are the ultimate forum for sharing favorite pastimes with your child, providing ample time to enjoy one another's company. Ask about our “family friendly” departure dates: trips specifically designed with your child in mind.

•  The Rogue River received federal protection in 1968 with the passage of the National Wild and Scenic Rivers Act. This legislation recognized the Rogue as having “unusual scientific, aesthetic and recreational value” and mandated that it “should be allowed to remain in a free-flowing state and natural setting without manmade alteration.” The Rogue was one of the original eight rivers to be granted this designation, and thankfully, it is the reasons why it is preserved so well to this day.

Family Vacation IdeasHISTORY
•  The Rogue River Canyons history has been largely determined by three key factors: fishing, trapping and gold. The abundant aquatic population and other food sources initially drew the Rogue River Indians to the region. Though not the most hospitable terrain in which to settle, archaeologists have nonetheless found houspits as old as a thousand years old. Indeed, this canyon was home to many generations of American Indians long before the arrival of European trappers and traders. At first, white men came in search of the valuable pelts from beaver and other river mammals. The Gold Rush of 1849 was even more incentive to move to the area, and it brought large numbers of settlers as well as regrettable demise of the Indian population. The white traders and speculators dubbed the Indians “rogues,” though the roguish behavior was prevalent on both sides in the violent raids and counter-raids. The many historical sites and artifacts that have been found along the shores of the Rogue, give testament to its rich, and sometimes, troubling past.

•  The Rogue remains, however a fisherman's paradise. There are four species of trout found in the Rogue, though steelheads are what's most commonly seen on our trips. Two species of salmon also make their way up the Rogue to spawn in their place of birth. Chinook salmon can be seen fighting the rapids once in the spring, and again during the fall. The fishing season on the Rogue lasts from September through mid-November and offers some of the West's finest fly-fishing. If you plan to fish, you must have a valid Oregon fishing license. For detailed information regarding equipment and license, please call:

Silver Sedge (541) 476 2456
Jim's Bait and Tackle (541) 476 3831

•  The Rogue River Canyon is a brilliant location for wildlife viewing. Deer, elk, bear, a variety of smaller mammals, as well as reptiles and birds, populate the canyon passage. Black-tailed deer are rather common and sightings frequent. Less often seen are the otter, beaver and mink that make their homes on the river, as their fur has been a target for trappers for many years. If you're a bird-watcher, be sure not to forget your binoculars: the water and woodland birds are frequent, with an occasional eagle, hawk or owl in their midst. Mixed conifers, evergreen and oak woodlands dominate the shoreline, providing ample cover for the wildlife population.

•  An adventure that's ideal for outdoor enthusiasts and wine connoisseurs alike-–or even those who are simply looking for a unique getaway–-our “Wine on the River Series” combines the excitement and exhilaration of wilderness rafting with some of the countries best wines.

Sample Itinerary
We pride ourselves in running a relaxed and always flexible schedule. Every trip is different depending upon the group, other trips on the water and the occasional effects of the weather. The following is a sample of what your trip might be like:

Day 1

We meet our trip leader at 8:30 a.m. in the dining room of the Galice Resort. Here you will be provided with two waterproof bags in which to pack wht yo plan to bring on the river. After making sure that your bags are properly packed and sealed, your guides load the gear onto the boats (directly behind the resort), fit you with Coast Guard approved lifejackets and begin a thorough discussion on trip procedures and safety issues.

After all are boarded on the rafts thr group pushes off from the shore and heads downstream. The canyon walls slowly rise up around you, heightening the feeling of isolation from the outside world. After a few small rapids in the morning, you'll probably notice that appetites on river trips are larger than those at home and lunch barely comes soon enough. Afternoon soon sees us at the exciting Rainey Falls, the first real test of our whitewater skills. Not long after, we'll set up camp on a nearby sandy beach. While the guides prepare dinner, you'll have time to explore the wooded terrain, or just relax.

Day 2

For the early risers iamong you, hot coffee, tea and cocoa will be ready around 6:30 am. The first wake-up call comes at 7:00 am, and breakfast is served between 7:30 and 8:00 am. After your belongings are picked, you'll have some time to relax while camp is broken down and the boats are loaded. The inflatable kayaks are aavailable for the more adventurous of you who wish to take control of their own crafts. These boats are a kick, even in the smallest rapids. Your guides will give you some pointers on navigation and soon river lingo like “eddy,” “ferry angle” and “river right” will be part of your vocabulary. All in all, it's a leisurely day and we'll camp sometime around 4:00 pm.

Day 3

Wake-up call, breakfast and departure follow roughly the same schedule as the day before.

There is a possibility for a layover day on the 5-day trips. Most of the group may cross the river to hike up Kelsey Creek. A few of us get out our books, diaries or sketchbooks and spend some peaceful "alone-time.” Others may try their luck with their new fly rod. There maybe another short hike up Dulog Canyon, which is as close as most of us will ever come to experiencing the feel of a rain forest.

Day 3 (4)

This morning your guides may let you sleep in, but we all know it's the dawning hours that are the best in which to catch a fish, take a brisk walk or paint the sunrise. We make astop at the historic Rogue River Ranch for a brief hike and look around while the guides fix lunch. Following lunch, the notorious Mule Creek Canyon, with its sheer rock walls and deep rolling currents meets us on the river. Next on the agenda is the scouting and running of Blossom Bar Rapid. We pull into camp not far below the bar, still exhilarated and congratulate each other on a job well done.

Day 4 (5)

Breakfast is just as hearty today as every morning. Leaving camp today is bittersweet—we're not quite ready for civilization again, but a hot shower sounds pretty nice.

A few of the guests may be practicing their new rowing or paddling skills, while the guides keep their eyes peeled for the elusive bald eagles that inhabit this section of the river canyon. After lunch we have a short float to our take-out point at Foster Bar and then the scenic drive back to Galice Resort. Arrival will be approximately 5pm.

What's Included?
•  Transfers between the river and the meeting place
•  Skilled professional guide services
•  Delicious Meals
•  Life jackets (Required at all times)
•  High quality rafts, helmets and equipment
•  Watertight army ammo case for your camera and film
•  Waterproof dry bags for your personal belongings
•  Splash Jackets (Spring and cold weather trips only)
•  Two Person Tents

What's Not Included?
•  Sleep Kits (may be rented – see trip planner)
•  Pre and Post trip accommodations and meals
•  Any Items of personal nature (an equipment list will be provided)

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