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Experience the thrill of white water kayaking on the renowned Rogue River, known for its deep gorges, breathtaking scenery, abundant wildlife, and exciting Class II-IV rapids. The Wild and Scenic Rogue River Canyon stands out as one of the premier wilderness kayak journeys in the United States, offering a world-class river experience.

Oregon River Experiences is thrilled to partner with Gradient River Essentials Kayak School to bring you an exclusive 45-mile kayaking expedition. This adventure is an opportunity not only to embrace the natural beauty of Oregon’s landscapes but also to sharpen your kayaking skills under expert guidance.

Meet Your Instructor: Lee Baker

Lee Baker, a seasoned instructor certified by the American Canoe Association, brings a wealth of knowledge and passion for river travel and safety. He’s passionate about where he lives in the northwest and enjoys all disciplines of white water river travel and recreation. Teaching people to enjoy rivers safely and confidently is a life passion of his. Our river community in Oregon is one of the best anywhere. If you are new to white water, you are invited to experience it!

At Gradient River Essentials LLC we keep up with the latest training techniques and methodologies and will always bring our very best to our clients.

Four-Day Kayaking Clinic

Join us for a four-day journey down the Rogue River, designed to enhance your paddling skills in a supportive and breathtaking environment. With Oregon River Experiences handling raft support, you can dive into perfecting your techniques—from surfing to navigating rapids—without the worries of logistics. Our expert team manages all camping needs, allowing you to focus entirely on your development as a kayaker.

This unique partnership between Gradient River Essentials and Oregon River Experiences promises an unforgettable adventure. Our journey covers 45 miles of stunning canyon vistas and exhilarating white water, ideal for both intermediate paddlers and those seeking a thrill. Each day ends with the satisfaction of skill improvement and the relaxation of watching sunsets over the forested canyon walls.

Personalized Instruction and Group Dynamics

With a small group size, each participant receives personalized attention from our instructors, ensuring a learning experience tailored to their skills and goals. Eddy hopping, wave catching, and other dynamic features fill the days, while evenings provide a chance to unwind and connect with fellow kayakers beside the river.

Prepare for an adventure where learning meets leisure, all set against the dramatic backdrop of one of Oregon’s most picturesque rivers. Join us to transform your kayaking skills and make memories that last a lifetime on the Rogue River.


  • Class II+/III experience required
  • A developing kayak roll required
  • The course is designed for kayakers with some experience and intermediate skills.
  • Perfect opportunity to receive individual instruction and paddle Class III rapids on a multi-day trip with instructors and raft support by your side.


  • Experience the Oregon classic multi-day from your kayak and let us carry the gear.
  • A great river for viewing wildlife.
  • Very good for swimming: warmer water than most Oregon rivers.
  • Beautiful beaches along the route.
  • Plenty of hiking opportunities.
  • Friends and family can join you on a river trip on a raft while you work on kayak skills



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For over 35 years we’ve run whitewater rafting trips on ten of the best rivers Oregon and Idaho have to offer. Our safety record is excellent. Our guides are friendly, skilled professionals. We use only the best, professional quality rafting equipment. And we offer an unsurpassed variety of boats from which to choose: oar rafts, paddle rafts, inflatable kayaks, and our unique, custom designed Row-Your-Own catarafts.

For more about who we are please click or touch more about O.R.E.

Almost anyone can go. No prior rafting experience is necessary, and no prior camping experience is needed for our multi-day trips. We welcome children ages 7 and up on most of our rivers (some options can be 5 years old), and adults of all ages. While we recommend that our guests know how to swim, non-swimmers are free to join us on most trips (with the exception of certain high-water spring trips).

No, even if it’s your first time we have a trip that can work for you.


O.R.E.’s safety record is excellent. That’s because your safety is our number one priority. Running rivers, like other outdoor activities, involves an element of risk. But we work hard to protect your safety and well being. Our guides are trained in river safety and first aid skills. Each trip begins with a thorough safety orientation. Coast Guard Approved life jackets are worn at all times while on the river, and complete first aid and emergency kits are carried on each trip.

Yes, we operate trips even if it is raining. After all, it is whitewater rafting and we enjoy the water. On the rare occasion that conditions warrant it because of safety concerns, O.R.E. will cancel a trip.

Yes, we are unable to accommodate walk-up businesses/customers due to trip planning etc.  Day trips can fully book up for the weekends during the summer, so it is best to reserve early. Mid-week trips and spring/fall trips are not as busy.

We provide top-quality professional rafting equipment, including U.S. Coast Guard Approved lifejackets, helmets, and other safety gear.


In general, you will only need to bring your own river-appropriate clothing, footwear, sunglasses, hat, sunscreen, a change of clothes, and a water bottle for day trips. Full-day trips include a freshly prepared deli lunch.


Please note that our policies vary for day trips and multi-day trips. 


Deposits and payments: Half-day and full-day trips require payment in full when the reservation is placed. (Exception: If more than seven days remain before the trip begins, groups of ten or more may call to reserve with a $25 per person deposit.)


Cancellations, Transfers, and Refunds:

Please notify us as soon as possible if you find it necessary to cancel your reservation. Because we lose the ability to sell reserved spaces to other individuals or groups, we strictly adhere to the following policies:


  • 7 Days or More Advanced Notice: Choose to receive a refund of your deposit or transfer your reservation to another trip, less a $25 per person cancellation fee.
  • 6 Days or Less: No credits or refunds will be issued if you cancel 6 or fewer days prior to a day trip.


Please note that cancellation fees may apply to cancellation of the entire reservation as well as to partial cancellations (for instance, a reduction in your party size from six to five).

Yes! We partner with a local guide and offer this as an option for those looking to fish along their trip. Click here for more details, and be sure to read below for information regarding fishing license requirements. 

You will need to check the local fishing regulations as we operate in many different river locations. You will need a fishing license for the state that you are in. Both Idaho and Oregon offer daily passes and annual for in-state and out-of-state residents. Youth ages 12 and under in Oregon and 14 in Idaho do not require a license.


You will be able to fish from campsites and at lunchtime, but we cannot guarantee that you will be able to fish from the rafts while we are moving downriver. If you’re interested in having a fishing guide and an assigned raft for fishing let us know, we may be able to arrange on request.


Plan a perfect river excursion with all the right information at your fingertips. Learn about our stunning locales, explore our detailed gear book, or reach out with any other questions so we can make your trip as smooth as possible.