Trip Itinerary & Details
Our first day on the river begins with mild rapids which are ideal for a warm up, especially for those behind the oars or paddling an inflatable kayak. Once past Grave Creek boat ramp we encounter our first major rapids, Grave Creek rapids and Grave Creek falls. Not long after we come to the biggest rapid on the river: class V+ Rainie Falls. No-one will raft the falls themselves, and most people will walk around the rapids altogether. But water levels permitting we may invite members of the group to challenge a class III+ side channel, the "Fish Ladder". While at Rainie we’ll keep an eye out for Salmon, jumping the falls: a spectacular sight.
Days two and three provide the most exciting whitewater of the trip. (One three day trips, these rapids are run in the afternoon on day one, and all day the next.) We encounter numerous class III rapids, including Wildcat, Horseshoe Bend, and Black Bar Falls. Two spectacular class IV rapids — Mule Creek Canyon and Blossom Bar — are the whitewater highlights of the trip. (Please note: Unless water levels are particularly favorable, our guides will take the inflatable kayaks and row-yourself catarafts through the first section of Blossom Bar before turning these boats back over to our guests for the remainder of the rapid.)
In addition to the rapids the Rogue offers other attractions. Time and conditions permitting we may hike up to the double waterfalls at Dulog Creek, stop to explore the swimming holes at Howard Creek or Big Windy Creek, pay a visit to the historic Rogue River Ranch, or stop for a picnic lunch at the waterfalls of beautiful Flora Dell.
We meet at 8:30 AM on the day your trip begins at the Galice Resort Cafe. The Resort is situated along the banks of the river not far from the town of Grants Pass. Galice is roughly 400 miles north of San Francisco, California, and 250 miles south of Portland, Oregon. (Please have your breakfast before our meeting time, and arrive Rogue river morning in your river clothes.) Our Lead Guide will meet you in front of the cafe and store. Look for a vehicle sporting the O.R.E. logo. If in doubt about where to find us, ask a Galice employee at the store, and they will assist you. After a brief orientation you will pack your things into our river bags, and park your vehicles at Galice. We will then go by van to the launch site a few miles downstream. Depending upon trip length and water level, we begin our river trip at either Almeda Bar, Argo Bar, or Grave Creek boat ramp.
Once we arrive at our launch site, you’ll meet the rest of our guide crew, and they’ll conduct a short safety and orientation briefing, which will include instruction on paddle and rowing techniques as needed. We’re normally on our way downstream by mid-morning.
On the River
Each day is a bit different. But a typical day on the river begins with freshly brewed coffee around 7 AM, and breakfast by 8 AM. After breakfast we’ll pack our bags and load the boats. Then, after a brief orientation to the day’s adventures, we’ll head downstream.
We’re on the river an average of four hours per day. Along the way we stop for a riverside picnic lunch. We may also stop to swim, to explore historic sites, to scout rapids, or hike up scenic side streams. We usually arrive at camp or lodge by mid to late afternoon, and while the guides or lodge staff prepare hors d’oeuvres and dinner, you’ll have time to hike, swim, fish, read, or nap.
We typically arrive at Foster Bar, our take-out point, between 1:30 and 3 PM. Once we’ve unpacked, you’ll board a van for the ride back to Galice. (On small trips, we will completely de-rig the boats, and our guides will accompany you back to Galice. On larger trips, you will say good-bye to the guides when you leave Foster Bar, as they will stay behind to finish de-rigging.) The ride takes about two hours, on scenic Bear Camp Road through the Siskiyou National Forest. Climbing 4,000 feet through mountainous terrain before descending to Galice, it’s a beautiful drive. (It is also a winding road, so if you’re particularly susceptible to car sickness you may want to bring Dramamine.) We arrive back in Galice between 4:30 and 6:00 PM.
- The services of our professional guides and staff.
- Transportation to our launch point from Galice, and from our take-out back to Galice at trip’s end.
- All meals, from lunch on the first day through lunch on the last. Our menu is delicious, varied, and hearty. Meals are freshly prepared by our guides from the highest quality ingredients. Juice and water are available at each meal. Coffee, tea, and cocoa are available at dinner and breakfast, and complementary wine is served with some dinners. Special dietary needs may be accommodated with advance notice. We also provide cups, plates, and silverware.
- Durable, professional quality rafts and river running equipment, including U.S. Coast Guard Approved lifejackets.
- Waterproof river bags and boxes for your personal gear.
- Camp chairs.
- Lodging fees are included in trip price for lodge and camp/lodge combo trips.
Where and When to Meet
We meet at 8:30 AM on the day your trip begins, at the Galice Resort Cafe. To get to Galice, 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 15 miles west of I-5. The Galice Resort is on the right-hand side, between the road and the river. There’s no “Galice Resort” sign – look for the café. The address is 11744 Galice Rd, Merlin, OR 97532. Galice is roughly a 40 minute drive from Grants Pass.
The closest commercial airport is Medford, Oregon. It is served by Alaska, United, Delta, and Allegiant airlines. Plan your flight to arrive the day before your river trip begins.
Car rentals are available at Medford. Also, the Galice Resort offers shuttle service from the airport to Grants Pass or to the resort (which is our meeting place). Shuttles are $525 round trip, per van, so your ultimate cost depends on the number of people (1 to 14) who share the ride. For more information or reservations contact the Galice Resort at 541-476-3818 or visit www.galice.com.
Pre and Post Trip Shuttles
Your trip fare includes transportation from Galice to our put-in point, and from our take-out point back to Galice at trip’s end. If you’re planning to drive up or down the Coast after your river trip, you may wish to leave directly from takeout. When we meet in Galice on put-in day, your guides can assist you in arranging to have your car shuttled to takeout. Galice Resort conducts these shuttles, at a cost of approximately $115 per vehicle.
What to Bring
You will need to bring your own clothing and toiletries. You will also need to bring a tent, sleeping bag and sleeping pad, although if you prefer you can rent them from us instead. (Info here.)
Details, tips, and a complete list of what to bring are found here. You will receive a copy of this information when you sign up for your trip.
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The weather in the Rogue River canyon is usually very pleasant. Warm or hot days are likely, especially June through September. The river water itself is cool in the Spring, and warms by early July to the high 60’s.
Fishing on the Rogue is fair to good during spring and summer and good to excellent in the fall. If you would like to fish you will need an Oregon fishing license, which may be purchased at Oregon sporting goods stores, at the Galice Resort, or online at the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife's web site.
Camping and Lodging On The River
We select beautiful beaches, meadows, and forest glens for our camp sites. Our guides establish a central kitchen and social area, and trip members select spots in the surrounding area to pitch a tent or roll out a sleeping bag.
Most camps are equipped with outhouses, while at other camps O.R.E. will set up a portable toilets.
O.R.E. practices minimum impact camping, and the crew will instruct you on the simple steps we follow to protect the river.
Our camp/lodge combination trips spend one or two nights in camp along the river, and one night at a wilderness lodge. Our lodge trips spend two nights at wilderness lodges. These lodges are rustic but very beautiful and quite comfortable.
Where to Stay Before or After Your Trip
Rustic cabins and a lodge are available at the Galice Resort. Phone 541-476-3818. Also nearby is Morrison’s Lodge (800-826-1963).
Camping is available nearby at Indian Mary Park and also at Almeda Bar Recreation Area, both within 5 miles of Galice. Reservations for both can be made through at www.reserveamerica.com.
An overview of the Rogue River region's colorful history can be found here
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An overview of the Rogue River region's natural history can be found here.
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While in the area you may want to visit Crater Lake National Park, Oregon Caves National Monument, or the southern Oregon coast. You may also want to visit the nearby towns of Jacksonville and Ashland. Jacksonville, a National Historic Landmark, hosts the Britt Music Festival on weekends in July and August. The Britt Festival features classical, jazz, and bluegrass music under the stars. For information contact the Festival at 800-882-7488. Ashland is site of the renowned Oregon Shakespeare Festival. Because Shakespeare Festival performances often sell out, we recommend that you call well in advance for tickets and information (541-482-4331).
Guests sometimes ask whether it is appropriate to tip their guide. Tipping is optional, but if your guide did a great job then feel free to thank him or her with a gratuity. The amount is up to you, but tips between 8% and 20% of trip cost are customary. Gratuities are customarily presented to the Lead Guide, and will be shared equally among all guides on your trip.
Guests on our Lodge and Camp/Lodge trips may wish to consider offering a tip to lodge staff as well, just as one might do at a Bed and Breakfast in town.