- Half-Day Rogue Rafting
We run two trips per day: a morning trip that meets at 8:15 a.m. and an afternoon trip that meets at 1:15 p.m. These are family-friendly trips and are suitable for ages 8 and up. All of our trips depart from our Rafting Center, located at 130 A Street, Ashland, Oregon.
The section of river that we run is known as the “Nugget” stretch and is named after the the first big rapid. For families or groups of mixed rafting experience, this stretch of river is absolutely perfect. It starts mellow and builds up slowly until the two grand finales: Nugget Falls and Powerhouse Rapid. Between the start and finish there are calm places to practice paddling and sitting in the raft, there are surf waves that are fun to play in, and there are class II and III rapids that keep things interesting. At the very end, almost like the final act of a Shakespeare play, are the two biggest rapids.
Cool Fact: The final rapid, Tilomikh Falls (commonly referred to as “Powerhouse” rapid) is an area of historical significance and the name “Tilomikh” was used by the Takelma Tribe. The Takelma (also Dagelma) are a Native American people who originally lived in the Rogue Valley, with most of their villages located along the Rogue River. The name Takelma means “(Those) Along the River”.
A rafting trip on Southern Oregon’s Rogue River offers a glimpse back to the history of western territorial exploration and settlement. Native American sites, pioneer settlements, gold rush exploration, thwarted attempts at development, and the congressional heroics that preserved the Rogue River make the background of your trip. Our guides are knowledgeable about the history of the Rogue River Valley and are eager to share their stories with you. Our rafting trips are more than just rafting trips – they are a guided experience with guides who have a passion for making your rafting trip perfect for you and your group. So whether that means focusing on whitewater, going for swims, looking for native birds, simply relaxing, or a combination of all the above, we are happy to provide an experience that exceeds your expectations.
Our rafting ends at the Sports Park in Gold Hill, Oregon. From there it is about a 30 minute drive back our Rafting Center. Our morning trips are generally back by 12:15 (12:30 at the very latest) and our afternoon trips are normally back by 5:15 (5:30 at the very latest).
Reservations and Cancellation Policies
Reservations are required for all of our rafting trips and tours. The minimum age for our Rogue River rafting trips is 8 years old (6 if he or she weighs over 50 pounds). The minimum age for our Upper Klamath rafting trips is 12 years old. A deposit of $50.00 per person holds your space on a half-day or full-day rafting trip. The balance is due 48 hours prior to trip departure. To make a reservation please call us at 541-282-4535.
Small Group / Family Cancellation Policy (groups of 6 or less)
Our trips are of the highest quality and we incur substantial costs in preparation. The majority of our customers are families or groups of 6 or less, and we understand that plans change, family members can become sick, and sometimes life simply throws you a curveball. We have developed the most family friendly cancellation policy in our industry and we offer it to protect both your investment and our business. If you cancel 48 hours prior to trip departure we will refund 100% of your payment. Within 48 hours we will offer a 50% credit towards a future trip or tour.
Note: Cancellations made within two weeks of your trip have a significant impact on our business, employees, and other customers. We ask that if you must cancel within two weeks of your trip that you first consider accepting a trip credit. If this is not possible we will happily issue a refund.
Large Group / Charter Cancellation Policy (groups of 7 or more)
For large groups and charter trips, please understand that we often block out specific dates for large groups of 7 or more, thus we cannot offer any refunds or credits if your group cancels within two weeks of your scheduled trip.
When is the best time of the year to take a Rogue River rafting trip?
Fortunately, the Rogue River flows year-round. When the temperature starts to heat up in early April, we start to think about getting on the water. Our first trips of the season are normally in April. The two warmest months are July and August.
What’s the difference in the stretches of the Rogue?
For rafting, there are two stretches of the Rogue that are the most popular. The first is the “Upper Rogue” – this is the section that we run. The second is the “Lower Rogue”. The Lower Rogue is a multi-day trip that originates out of Merlin, OR. We are a booking agent for Rogue River Journeys, an outfit that runs phenomenal trips on that stretch.
How old do I need to be to go rafting?
The minimum age on our Upper Rogue rafting trips is 8. Occasionally, when flows are high, the age limit is raised to 12.
How do I make a reservation?
Once you have an idea of when you would like to go, just give our office staff a call at 541-282-4535. They have helpful information and can assist you with your decision as well as give you up to the minute availability information. A good thing to keep in mind is the earlier you can make your reservation or inquiry, the greater the likelihood the time frame you’re looking at will be available. We are limited in the number of guests we can accommodate, and trips often fill quickly. You can also request a reservation or ask for more information by submitting our Reservation Form.
How is the weather in the Rogue River Valley?
In May, temperatures sometimes exceed 85 degrees but we occasionally experiences fronts of colder weather. July through August is the warmest season with temperatures frequently exceeding 90 degrees.
How many people fit in a raft?
Most of the time rafts have up to six paddlers and a guide.
How many folks can we book on a trip?
Our trips have a limit of 30 people.
What kind of gear will I need to bring?
You should bring clothing and shoes that you don’t mind getting wet. If it’s chilly, wetsuits are provided free of charge.
Should I bring valuables on the trip?
We suggest that you leave your valuables at home when rafting with us. Expensive jewelry, watches, and cameras that are not waterproof add little to your trip experience and can cause heartache if they are lost or damaged.
What kind of rafts do you use?
We pride ourselves in running only top of the line rafts and equipment. Our rafts are Vanguard Inflatables that offer a durability and comfort that is unmatched in the industry.
What about gratuities?
Guests often inquire whether it is acceptable to leave a gratuity for their guide at the conclusion of their trip. If you felt your guide was exceptional, you should feel free to give him or her a token of your appreciation. A typical gratuity is between 15% and 20% of the trip fare, but guides are appreciative of any gesture. In the spirit of teamwork, our guides typically pool their gratuities at the conclusion of the trip.
If I arrive a day or two early, are there any good hotels or Bed and Breakfasts near by?
Absolutely. Ashland is well known for having fantastic lodging options. Check out www.VisitingAshlandOregon.com for a complete list of things to do in the area.
How long is the drive time to the Rogue River from Ashland, Oregon?
The Rogue River is only 25 to 30 minutes from Ashland.
Are there airports nearby?
Yes, Medford International is only 20 minutes away from our Rafting Center.
Are there other fun things that we can do in conjunction with a rafting trip with Indigo Creek Outfitters?
Certainly. Ashland is world-famous for Shakespeare productions, fine dining, and spectacular lodging.
All of our half-day Rogue River rafting trips meet at our Rafting Center, located at 130 A Street near downtown Ashland. For morning trips, please arrive by 8:15. During our Rogue rafting trips we do provide some snacks and beverages, however, these are not full-blown meals. We highly encourage all of guests to eat a meal prior to joining us. We provide plenty of drinking water during the course of your rafting trip. Some of our guests prefer to bring their own personal water bottle – which is perfectly fine – and can be filled at our Rafting Center.
Bring shoes and clothes that you won’t mind getting wet. Sandals without heel straps tend to slip off, but Tevas, Chacos, or old sneakers work great. Sunglasses are highly recommended as well as chums to keep them on your head. During the summer months, swim trunks and a normal t-shirt are fine. For spring or early summer trips when the air and water temperature are cooler please do not wear any cotton as it will keep you cold. We do provide wetsuits, booties, and splash jackets free of charge if desired. Sunscreen, lip balm, and a hat all provide sun protection. A helmet will be required for some parts of the trip but you are welcome to wear your hat underneath a helmet or during the stretches when a helmet is not required.
Valuables such as your wallet, purse, or earrings should be locked in your vehicle or left at our Rafting Center. Your car keys should be left inside our Rafting Center and not taken on the river with you. Having a change of clothes either at our Rafting Center or left in your vehicle is a good idea, as well as a towel (which can be left in the van).
In summary, here is a checklist of items that you may want for your trip:
Important: Eat a meal prior to joining us on the river.
Clothes for the River
Chums (to hold your sunglasses on)
Clothes for the River
Dry Change of Clothes
Upon returning to our Rafting Center your photos will be displayed and ready for purchase. Digital Photo Albums are available for $35.00 and include all the photos of your raft through Nugget Falls. They are shot in high resolution and can be printed clearly up to most standard poster sizes.
We are the only outfitter in the Rogue Valley that provides access to photos of your experience immediately after your trip. Our Rafting Center is a comfortable place to kick back, relax, and watch your raft run some of the Rogue’s largest rapids.
For examples of our photos, check out our “Top Shots” album on Facebook.