MEETING PLACE: Morrison's Lodge in Merlin Oregon
RIVER RATING: Class II-IV
TRIP MILES: 45 Miles
PUT-IN: Grave Creek
TAKE-OUT: Foster Bar
RETURN TIME: We will arrive at Foster Bar approximately 3:00 PM. For guests that wish to explore the coast, arrangements can be made with Morrison's Lodge to have your vehicle shuttled to Foster Bar. ROW provides shuttle service for guests returning to Morrison's lodge where guests can plan to arrive back to Morrison's Lodge om Merlin Oregon approximately 5:00 - 5:30 PM PST.
AGE LIMIT: Minimum age is 7
BOAT TYPE: Paddle Raft, Oar Raft, Inflatable Kayak
Day 0 - ARRIVE IN MERLIN, OR; ORIENTATION MEETING
Travel to Merlin, Oregon and meet your Team Leader at Morrison's Lodge at 5:45 pm for a one-hour orientation meeting to answer last minute questions. You will receive your waterproof gear bags to pack. Dinner is on your own.
- ACCOMMODATIONS: Recommend staying at Morrison's Lodge (Not Included in trip cost)
- MEALS INCLUDED: none
Day 1 - RAINIE FALLS; BLACK BAR LODGE
On the ﬁrst day of your Rogue River rafting trip, we greet you at 7:45 am at Morrison's Lodge. We will then depart for the Rand Boat Launch put-in as a group. We then ﬁt you with the correct sized PFD (personal ﬂotation device) and then give a safety talk to prepare you for the trip. After the safety talk, we divide into oar rafts, paddle rafts, and inﬂatable kayaks or "duckies" as we call them. Anyone who drove their own vehicle to Merlin can park their cars at Morrison's Lodge in a secure area to stay during the Rogue River rafting trip. We like to launch at Rand Boat Launch because it is away from the clusters of people that can be at the Galice Resort during the height of the summer. The river starts off gently, but it isn’t long before we come to our ﬁrst fun rapids. Sometime before noon, we enter the Congressionally-designated Wild & Scenic section of the Wild Rogue River at a rapid called Grave Creek. Generally, we will eat lunch the ﬁrst day around the Class V rafting rapid called Rainie Falls (guests walk around this rapid). The afternoon is ﬁlled with several Class II and Class III rapids and we arrive at Black Bar Lodge around 4:30 or 5:00 pm. While you are being assigned to your cabin and cleaning up, we prepare the evenings hors d’oeuvres as well as complimentary regional wine, beer, and sodas for you to enjoy before dinner. You might want to take a short hike around the property, visit with your fellow travelers, or play a few games that are offered at the lodge. Around 7:00 pm dinner is served in the cozy lodge dining room. Lodge dinners are served family-style with long tables. After dinner, guests can play cards, visit, play the lodge guitar or go outside and gaze at a star-ﬁlled sky. Around 10:00 pm the Black Bar Lodge's generator is shut down, so we encourage you to bring ﬂashlights since the property can get very dark.
- ACCOMMODATIONS: Black Bar Lodge
- MEALS INCLUDED: L, D
Day 2 - ROGUE RIVER RANCH; MARIAL LODGE
Coffee and tea are served in the lodge dining room around 8:00 am with breakfast served about 8:30. After breakfast, it’s time to pack up and then we carry our gear back to the rafts in the river and launch around 9:00 am for another day of exploring and fun. Today on your Rogue River rafting trip in Oregon you go through a series of bouncing, exciting Class II and III rapids. We stop for lunch somewhere along the way, perhaps at a historic site or spot with a good walk. Later in the afternoon, we arrive at the Rogue River Ranch. The Rogue River Ranch is a fascinating place to visit and a vivid example of early pioneer history. Later in the afternoon, we arrive at Marial Lodge, home for our second night. Once again, guests are assigned cabins and then we serve our delicious hors-d'oeuvres for the ROW “happy hour.” Dinner is served around 6:30 pm here and again is a family-style affair, this time with round tables. After dinner, one of our guides will generally lead guests on a nice hike down a trail that leads to a spectacular waterfall. Then enjoy the deck with calming views of the river canyon before heading to bed. The power generator is never turned off at this lodge, so there is power available all night.
- ACCOMMODATIONS: Marial Lodge
- MEALS INCLUDED: B, L, D
Day 3-4 - MULE CREEK CANYON; BLOSSOM BAR; DEVILS STAIRCASE
Wake up to the sound of birdsong and quiet. Breakfast is served around 8:00 am. After breakfast, everyone packs up and then we back for rafting on the Rogue River around 9:00 am. The third day is where the most spectacular rapids occur when rafting the Rogue River. Guests experience Mule Creek Canyon, Blossom Bar, and Devils Staircase rapids--all three of which are Class IV. On our 4-day trips, we stop at Paradise Lodge on day 3, which allows us some extra time in the afternoon to do some ﬁshing, read a book, play some cards, or enjoy the company of those around you! After those three rapids, the rest of the trip is relatively easy Class II and III rapids. When the sun is high overhead we stop at a shady spot for lunch. After another bountiful riverside lunch, we continue to the take-out at Foster Bar. We generally arrive about 3:00 pm and then load up into vans for the two-hour drive over the mountains back to Morrison's Lodge. We would plan to have you back at your vehicle around 5:00 or 5:30 pm.
- ACCOMMODATIONS: Paradise Lodge (4-day trips)
- MEALS INCLUDED: B, L, on last day; B, L, D on day 3 of 4-day trip
We highly recommend checking the weather prior to your trip for an updated forecast and current conditions. We recommend the following websites.
Weather in any river canyon can vary widely day to day. However, the Rogue’s typical daytime temperatures can climb into the 80’s & 90’s, with the water temperature generally 60-70 degrees. Early and late season trips can also have temperatures ranging from 60-80. While blue skies & sunshine are predominant, rain can happen any time so please bring rain gear!
- Wear all protective and safety equipment that is required by ROW Adventures and recommended/required by industry-wide standards.
- Load and unload, on their own or with the aid of a qualified companion, the bus and/or van providing transportation for ROW Adventures activities.
- Reach the river access points (put-in and take-out) on their own, or with the aid of a qualified companion.
- Enter and exit the raft, kayak and/or inflatable kayak on their own or with the aid of a qualified companion.
- Remain seated and balanced in a floating raft, canoe, kayak or inflatable kayak w/ the aid of adaptive equipment, if necessary.
- Perform all on water activities, including following instructions that like paddling commands from the guide in class I and higher whitewater on their own or with the assistance of a qualified companion.
- Float on their back when entering moving and still water. The participant must be capable of turning from face-down to face-up in the water with the aid of a Personal Floatation Device and must be able to hold their breath while underwater.
- Remain calm and keep breathing under control in the event of a whitewater swim.
- Get out from under a raft, whether the raft is up-right or capsized, in moving water.
- Climb into the raft, with the help of another person, should an involuntary swim happen at any point on the river.
- Make progress toward the shoreline or a raft by swimming in moving water and must be able to exit the river and ascend the shoreline once reached.
- Participate as an active paddler when instructed by the guide for the duration of the trip.
- Move about the campsite on their own or with the aid of a qualified companion on all trips that include overnight camping and/or lunch.
Packing properly for a river trip is CRITICAL to your enjoyment while on the river. We recommend that you prepare yourself for three basic scenarios:
- A cool day on the river.
- A warm day on the river.
- Time spent lounging in camp.
Take care of these, and you are free to let the river and the canyon work their magic.
Weather in the northwest is unpredictable. You must come prepared for cold/wet weather and hot/sunny weather – sometimes even on the same day! The following information will help you be prepared for the expected as well as the unexpected events of your trip. You may not use all of the gear listed below, but we recommend bringing it all!
DRYBAGS THAT ROW PROVIDES
- One large waterproof bag for each person (13” in diameter x 24” tall when closed) This bag will contain the majority your personal items. This bag is NOT accessible during the day.
One small waterproof day bag for each person (9" in diameter x 20" tall) This bag is for items you want to access during the day such as rain gear, sunscreen, camera, medications, etc.
If you are on our CAMPING trip: We will provide each guest with a sleeping bag, pad, and liner. We also supply tents (double occupancy), tables, chairs, etc.
If you are on our LODGE trip: Your cabin/room has beds and showers…you don’t need to bring bedding or towels, but you will need to bring your own shampoo.
River attire is very casual – comfort and convenience take precedence over style!
- 1 pair of river shoes or sandals or sneakers that can get wet (must have an ankle strap, no flip-flops!) Velcro is okay if in good condition. Popular name brands include Chaco, Teva, Keen or Merrell. Tennis shoes with wool or synthetic socks are a good option if your feet tend to get cold.
- Two T-Shirts (1 quick dry and 1 cotton for a hot day) □ 1 long sleeve shirt for sun protection and/or cool evenings
- 1 synthetic fleece or wool mid-weight sweater for layering on cool days.
- Mid-weight to light-weight long synthetic underwear tops and bottoms. Best worn over a swimsuit and undershorts.
- 2 pair of shorts/swimsuits
- Light pants are great for sun protection or on a windy day. Lightweight zip off pants works great.
- Sun hat or visor
- Rain gear (this is a critical item! - rain jacket or windbreaker without the cotton liner works well…most guests have something in their closet.)
- Water bottle with carabiner (on hot days you should drink lots of water – we provide water to refill your bottle)
- Sunscreen (no oil or sweet smelling types – they contaminate life jackets and attract bees)
- Sunglasses with retaining cord/device
- 1 bath towel & washcloth & biodegradable soap (camp trips only)
- Paddling or bike gloves (for inflatable kayak paddling) - optional
- Hiking Boot / Shoe
- River shoes – a pair of sandals like Chaco, Teva, etc. that you do not mind getting wet.
- Day use backpack for carrying extra clothes during the day
- Rain gear (rain jacket or windbreaker without the cotton liner works well…most guests have something in their closet.)
- Hat or visor
- Extra dry socks
- Insect repellent
- Water bottle with carabiner
- 2 pairs of shorts or swimsuit
- 1 pair of long pants – zip off pants are a great option
- 1 lightweight long sleeve shirt for sun protection or cool days
- 1 short sleeve t-shirt
- 1 synthetic fleece or wool mid-weight sweater for layering on cool days.
Special Note for Hikers:
All hiking guests need to be prepared to raft. Hikers are welcome to get into, or out of a raft at lunch or other points along the trail that provide river access if they are tired, injured or just want more or less river time. It is required to get into a raft to cross the river at Black Bar Lodge and to float out the last section of the trip.
OPTIONAL FOR ALL TRIPS:
- Camera – waterproof digital with extra batteries & memory card is recommended. Many guests use smartphones (there is NOT cell service on the river). A waterproof case is also highly recommended for protection and ease of use.
- Bee sting kit for those allergic to bees.
- Cards, Games, Books, Musical instruments, journal, etc.
- Plastic garbage bags (2-3) for separating dirty/wet clothing
AT THE LODGE OR IN CAMP:
- 1 pair of evening shoes (tennis shoes, sandals, hiking shoes, etc.)
- 1 pair light trousers (jogging pants, sweats, khaki pants, etc.)
- Sundress - ladies
- 1 synthetic light or mid-weight fleece/sweater
- 1 button up shirt
- Insect repellent
- Small flashlight
- Personal toiletries
- Socks & Undergarments
*** Since the lodges use generators for electricity, please no hair dryers or curling irons.
LAYERING FOR OUTDOOR COMFORT
Clothing layers are the thermostat of the wilderness. As you get ready for your river trip, think about dressing in layers. By adding and subtracting layers you can keep yourself perfectly comfortable. If you were to look into the dry bags of a well-prepared river guide you would see packing for three weather scenarios -- cold, wet days; hot, summer days; and cool evenings and mornings in camp. All of your on-river clothing should be made from synthetic fabrics with names like fleece, pile, polypropylene, Capilene™ or polyester. A cotton T-shirt is used occasionally on hot, sunny days, but cotton clothing is best saved for on-shore camp use.
- LAYER #1: The layer next to your skin should be close-fitting and thin. A snug-fitting underwear or mid-weight fleece layer made of synthetic fibers work best. You do not want to wear cotton on the river on cool rainy days. The evaporation of water from a wet cotton layer will actually make you colder! Synthetic fibers maintain insulative properties when wet and "wick" moisture away from your skin.
- LAYER #2: The next layer should also be made of a synthetic fiber, but should be a bit heavier in weight. If you get too warm you can always peel this layer off.
- LAYER #3: The outer layer is what is known as the "barrier" layer. This layer should be waterproof and loose-fitting enough to give you a good range of motion. The idea of this layer is to seal out water, and seal in the warmth generated by you and insulated by layers # 1 and # 2. A good rain suit can do the job, or a good paddling jacket and pants. Not only will this protect you from rainstorms, but chilly water temperatures when running rapids as well!
Terms and Conditons
Our hope is that your first trip with ROW Adventures is just one of many. Thus our goal is to provide thorough and complete communications and be clear with the details of our agreement with you. Because the fine print sometimes changes, you will receive the most current Terms & Conditions along with your travel documents at the time of booking.
PREPARING FOR YOUR TRIP
We do our best to provide you with all kinds of great resources to prepare for your trip. These include packing lists, reading lists, detailed itineraries and more. All of our multiday river camping trips include tents, sleeping bags, and pads. In most cases, we will even help you book a hotel room prior to and after your trip. The reservation packet that we send you will include a detailed gear list of what you should bring.
Most of our trips are suitable for beginners; however, some are more active than others. A spirit of flexibility and adventure is a good thing to bring along. It’s important that you understand the physical requirements for whatever trip you choose. If you’re not sure about this, or you’re not sure which trip or date will best meet your needs, please call for advice from our talented and knowledgeable Adventure Consultants. Be sure to read the “Trip Member’s Responsibility” below and if you have any medical concerns we encourage you to speak with your doctor before reserving space on a trip.
If you are planning a special event during the trip such as a birthday or anniversary, please let us know as always have a few surprises up our sleeves. On our trip application form, you can indicate any food need you might have and we’re happy to accommodate those.
HOW TO SIGN UP
To make a reservation, please contact us by one of the following methods:
1) Call us at 800-451-6034 – Monday-Friday from 8:30 to 5:00 pm Pacific Time.
2) Send us an email at info@ROWadventures.com
3) Use the “Book Now” tab found on some trip pages on our website.
We accept all major credit cards for the initial deposit. When we receive your reservation request we will hold your space and send you a confirmation packet including, invoice, trip application, waiver, and a suggested packing list. However, confirmation is not final until we also receive a copy of your completed trip application and deposit. Credit cards are accepted for deposits – balance is preferred by check. Prices are based on a 3% cash discount. You are welcome to pay the final balance with a credit card with an additional 3% administrative fee. While it is often possible to join one of our trips on short notice, space is limited and we recommend you sign up well in advance.
Trips lasting 6 or more days: $600 per person.
Trips lasting 5 days: $500 per person.
Trips lasting 3 days: $300 per person.
USA-based trips: Full payment is due 60 days prior to departure.
Prices are based on a 3% cash discount. You are welcome to pay the final balance with a credit card with an additional 3% administrative fee.
If you find it necessary to cancel your trip, you should notify ROW Adventures in writing, by e-mail or fax immediately. If written cancellation is received (call to verify) before the final balance is due, you will be given a refund less the amount of the deposit. Deposits are not refundable. If cancellations are made on or after the final due date, no money will be refunded. If you are unable to go on the trip, you are welcome to find a replacement for yourself. Please understand that once you’ve signed up, we lose the right to sell your reserved space to other individuals or groups. Therefore, we regret that we cannot make exceptions for personal emergencies. For this reason, we strongly recommend you consider purchasing the Travel Protection Plan ROW offers.
If you transfer from one trip to another, there is a $75 per person charge for USA-based trips (within the same season) up until 60 days prior to departure. Transfers made after these times are treated as cancellations.
GROUP AND CHARTER RATES
On most trips, we offer a Group Rate for groups of 10 or more. We are also happy to arrange private charter trips. Contact us for details.
TRAVEL PROTECTION PLAN
We strongly recommend that you purchase a travel protection plan which can include a full trip refund should you cancel at any time for medical or health reasons. Coverage also includes medical evacuation, trip delay, and other elements. Because so many of our guests purchase this plan, we add the cost to your invoice as a convenience and it becomes effective on the day your premium is received in our office. Should you not wish to purchase this travel plan, simply deduct its cost from your invoice.
TRIP MEMBER'S RESPONSIBILITY
Trip members have the responsibility to select a trip appropriate to their abilities and interests. We are happy to discuss the trip with you if you have any questions or concerns. Trip members are held responsible for being in sufficiently good health to undertake the trip. Members are also responsible for studying all pre-departure information; for bringing the appropriate clothing and equipment as detailed therein and, for acting in a manner considerate of fellow group members.
Any person who is diabetic, epileptic, or asthmatic or has a history of heart trouble, is allergic to bee/scorpion stings or takes daily prescription drugs should include this information on the reservation form or inform our office. Trip members will also alert their guide (s) of any medical history that could become a problem on the trip. People with a history of heart trouble, pregnant women or any other potentially serious medical condition should consult their doctor before coming on a trip.
RESPONSIBILITY ~ AN IMPORTANT NOTICE
Payment of your deposit represents your acceptance of the following conditions: ROW Inc., ROW Oregon LLC and Remote Odysseys Worldwide, Inc. (dba ROW Adventures), its subsidiaries and cooperating agencies act only in the capacity of agents for the participants in all matters relating to transportation and/or all other related travel services, and assume no responsibility or liability whatsoever for injury, loss or damage to person or property, however caused, in connection with any service, including, but not limited to, that resulting directly or indirectly from acts of God, detention, irregularity, annoyance, delays and expenses arising from strikes, theft, quarantine, pilferage, force majeure, failure of any means of conveyance to arrive or depart as scheduled, government restrictions or regulations, civil disturbances, and discrepancies or changes in transit over which we have no control.
ROW Adventures reserves the right, either prior to or after departure, in its good-faith discretion and in circumstances that warrant it, to change or re-price any tour, trip, or expedition. This includes the possibility of moving to a different river or river segment due to extreme water conditions, forest fires, road closures and/or acts of God. If we are not able to provide a substitute trip, river, or altered itinerary and have to cancel the departure completely, you will be refunded in full. Refunds are limited to the amount actually paid to ROW Adventures.
ROW Adventures reserved the right to cancel trips that are below the trip minimum (usually 4-5 persons). All trip members will be notified a minimum of 30 days before the trip departs and will receive a full refund.
In the event of trip cancellation, ROW Adventures is not responsible for additional expenses incurred by trip members, such as penalties incurred through the purchase of non-refundable airline tickets, medical expenses, and passport and visa fees.
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ROW Inc. operates under special use permits granted by the Bureau of Land Management: Jarbidge, Vale, Cottonwood, Coeur d’Alene, and Judith Resource Areas. We operate under a special use permit granted by the U.S. National Forest Service on the: Salmon, Payette, Boise, Challis, Clearwater, Umatilla, and Panhandle National Forests. Also the Hells Canyon National Recreation Area, Wallowa-Whitman National Forest.
ROW Oregon, LLC operates on the Rogue River under permit from the Bureau of Land Management, Medford District along with the U.S. Forest Service in Siskiyou National Forest.
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If you wish to be wait-listed for a full trip, the normal deposit is required. If an opening occurs on the trip, you will be informed and automatically transferred to the trip roster if you wish to join the trip, subject to the normal cancellation policy should you accept the slot. Otherwise, your deposit will be refunded in full.
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