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white water rafting in Oregon

White Water Rafting Along the Rogue River

Visit to Bend,  Oregon

0regon Reflections

New Years Visit to Oregon Coast

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I have tried white water rafting a couple of times in my life.  Once or twice in the Boy Scouts, once in West Virginia during foreign service training, and twice now along the Rogue River in southern Oregon.  I have also gone tubing along the Natches and Yakima rivers as a child and tried canoeing, and rowing while I was in the Boy Scouts.

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Among these various boating escapades, the Rogue River experience was the best.  There are several jet boat/white water rafting outfitters.  The best is the Hellgate Jetboat excursions company based out of Grants Pass.




Grants Pass is a cute river town about ninety minutes north of the Oregon/California border, (one hour from Ashland, Medford, or Jacksonville) perhaps three hours from Portland, six hours from Seattle, and perhaps 10 hours from SF.  Grants Pass has a lot of wineries nearby and some decent craft beer breweries in town and one artisanal whiskey maker, Sundance Disterly located next to the Hellgate company offices.

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There are four or five different routes you can take.  We did the two-hour excursion which takes you down the Hellgate Canyon hence the name of the outfitters.   There is also a brunch and dinner option and a four-day excursion as well.





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rogue 4We found the price was quite reasonable 35$ per adult with the military/senior discount figured in, and a suggested gratuity to the boat pilot of $5.00 per member of your group, so we paid $20 for the five of us.




Hellgate Jetboat Excursions/

The Hellgate story, As one of the United States’ first jet boat companies, Hellgate Jet boat Excursions has run adventures through the wild and scenic Rogue River for over half a century – all while actively working with our local Parks Department. to enhance the …

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There are also outfitters operating out of Gold Hill, Rogue River, Phoenix, and Talent.

rogue river rafting companies – Search (

Rogue Rafting Company

Tripadvisor (98) · Rafting/Kayaking area

404 2nd Ave, Gold Hill, OR 97525

(541) 855-7080

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Grants Pass, Oregon

Grants Pass is the county seat of Josephine County, Oregon, United States.[7] The city is located on Interstate 5, northwest of Medford, along the Rogue River. The population is 39,674 according to the 2021 census.[8]


Early Hudson’s Bay Company hunters and trappers, following the Siskiyou Trail, passed through the site beginning in the 1820s. In the late 1840s, settlers (mostly American) following the Applegate Trail began traveling through the area on their way to the Willamette Valley. The city states[9] that the name was selected to honor General Ulysses S. Grant‘s success at Vicksburg. The Grants Pass post office was established on March 22, 1865.[10] The city of Grants Pass was incorporated in 1887.[11]

The Oregon–Utah Sugar Company, financed by Charles W. Nibley, was created, leading to a sugar beet factory being built in Grants Pass in 1916.[12] Before the factory opened, Oregon-Utah Sugar was merged into the Utah-Idaho Sugar Company.[12] Due to labor shortages and low acreage planted in sugar beets, the processing machinery was moved to Toppenish, Washington, in 1918 or 1919.[12]

Grants Pass, along with Medford and Ashland was an unofficial “sundown town“, which actively warned Black and other non-white people to leave town before sunset or face violence and harassment. Although there was no documented law of the racist policy, it was enforced locally via residents and signage.[13][14]


Grants Pass is located in the Rogue Valley; the Rogue River runs through the city. U.S. Route 199 passes through the city and joins Interstate 5. The city has a total area of 11.03 square miles (28.6 km2), of which 10.87 square miles (28.2 km2) is land and 0.16 square miles (0.41 km2) is water.[15]

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Sundance Distilling

980 SW 6th, Grants Pass, Or 97526 · ~24.7 mi

(541) 479-9715

$ 5 for a sample taste of six whiskey/rums

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