Southern Oregon Adventure Weekend Raft, Kayak, and Standup Paddle

Southern Oregon Rogue River Adventure Weekend Trip Summary

Planning the perfect weekend escape can be challenging.  You need to find somewhere inspiring to stay, activities that make the days memorable, and you NEED a culinary experience that leaves you uniquely satisfied.  We have done the work for you and created a relaxing but adventure packed weekend complete with land and water based adventures and stays at a gourmet lodge with world-class dining in the evening.

Start the trip off with a sunset float down to the beautiful Morrison’s Lodge. Arrive for your first night and enjoy a delicious multi-course dinner on the scenic deck overlooking the beautiful grounds.  Relax in the evening and find your room with a view for a relaxing evening in preparation for tomorrow which will be an action packed day creating incredible memories.

After breakfast it’s off for a morning of Standup Paddling on the beautiful Rogue River.  Our Standup Paddle trip uses SUP boards designed specifically for the river and takes you through a scenic and fun class I section of the river with just enough “whitewater” to make it the perfect standup paddle trip for someone going on the river for the first time.  In the afternoon leave the SUP boards behind and board a raft for a couple hours of crashing through class IV rapids on the Nugget Falls section of the Rogue River. End the day back at the beautiful Morrison’s lodge with a world-class dinner and un-beatable view.

Day two is another whitewater adventure but today is all about learning to paddle yourself.  Our introduction to inflatable kayaking is designed to build your whitewater skills so you can paddle yourself successfully through the rapids in our custom designed boats.  Under the watchful eyes and guidance of our guides you will be flying off waves and paddling through holes in no time.

This adventure weekend is the perfect escape for couples, groups of friend, or families with teens who are looking for a unique adventure oriented escape sure to send you home relaxed and with some GREAT Facebook pictures to show your friends.

Southern Oregon Rogue River Adventure Weekend Trip Itinerary

Day 1 The trip starts out at our shop in Merlin Oregon. You need to arrive around 4:45 PM. Upon arrival we will transport your luggage to the lodge but you will hop in a raft with our guide who will navigate you through the spectacular Hellgate Canyon as you head west down the canyon, towards the setting sun, and the lodge for the night.  At the lodge we will help you find your room so you can prepare for dinner on the deck and a beverage to celebrate your escape from the world.   Relax, laugh, and get excited because tomorrow is an adventure filled day.

Day 2: After breakfast we head up river to the foot of the beautiful Table Rock Mountains.  Here the group boards our inflatable Standup Paddle Boards (SUP Boards) for a morning of scenic standup paddling.  This trip has just enough whitewater to keep you on your toes but is a really great introductory trip.  Floating past the base of the beautiful table rock mountains you are surrounded by the sounds of birds and wildlife and you take on the exciting class I swift water sections.  After a couple hours the group will stop for a riverside lunch before floating through the old Gold Ray dam site where a dam had stood for over a century until it was recently removed.  It is amazing floating through as you can see first hand the restoration that occurs when these un-used Dams are removed.

The afternoon is spent paddling class IV rapids on the Nugget Falls section of the Rogue River.  The trip starts off mellow and builds towards a thrilling conclusion making it perfect for the newbie to whitewater.  Mid-trip we will stop and enjoy a riverside snack and have a few minutes for swimming or taking photos before the final class IV cascade.

After rafting it’s back to the lodge for a delectable multi-course dinner enjoyed on the deck overlooking the river.  Open a bottle of wine from our local Applegate Valley, savor a world famous Morrison’s Orange Roll, and take in the sunset with your family, friends, or significant other as you recall and regale in your favorite parts of the day.

Day 3: When you have enjoyed a good nights sleep and hearty breakfast it’s back to the river!  Today you learn the skill of whitewater inflatable kayaking.  On your previous day’s whitewater trip you worked on a raft as part of a team, today you are in a boat by yourself.  Our trained guides will teach you all the needed skills and guide you down through the rapids in a follow-the-leader format.  In no time you will feel like a whitewater master aiming for the largest waves and charging the biggest holes.  The day is filled with ample opportunities to swim and relax as well as a riverside picnic lunch.  The option to spend all or part of the afternoon learning to river board is also available.  A river board is similar to an ocean boogie board but is specifically designed for “swimming” through whitewater.

When we get off the river we will return you to our shop where your car will be waiting.  We also have the option to add another night at Morrison’s lodge if you would like to spend one more evening relaxing on the deck before heading home in the morning.

Travel Information for the Southern Oregon Rogue River Adventure Weekend

Where to Meet Orange Torpedo Trips

Take exit 61 off of Interstate 5. Exit is approx. 3 miles north of Grants Pass. At exit turn left (west) and follow Merlin Rd 3.2 miles until you see Orange Torpedo Trips on right. We have a secure fenced parking lot where your car can be stored during your trip.

Accommodations

This trip includes lodging but if you are looking to be in the area before or after the trip here are a few of the local accommodations in the Grants Pass area.

  • Redwood Motel Grants Pass Oregon  888-535-8824 (recommended)
  • Holiday Inn Express Grants Pass Oregon  541-471-6144
  • Flery Manor Grants Pass Oregon  541-476-3591 (Award Winning)

Camping

If you plan to camp while you’re here, we recommend Indian Mary Park (541-474-5285). The nearest RV Park is Beaver Creek RV on Merlin Rd., although Indian Mary Park also provides full RV hook-ups. We have a parking lot that will accommodate RVs while you are on your trip.

Flying In

The closest commercial airport is in Medford, Oregon (airport code MFR), 34 miles southeast of our shop in Merlin. In the Medford Airport there are four car rental companies (Budget, Avis, National, Enterprise, and Hertz). At this time we do not offer transportation to or from the airport, but we can pickup and drop off at any Grants Pass Hotel the morning of a trip and at the conclusion of a trip. If you plan to not rent a car, you can call Double D Shuttles at 541-476-7773 and hire them to transport you from the Medford Airport to a Grants Pass Hotel. Please note: Our trips return too late in the day for us to ensure you will make a flight out of Medford same day. We suggest making reservations for the next day after the trip concludes.

Typical Weather

Southern Oregon is known for its great summer weather. Weather here is generally so nice that the local tourism board has adopted the slogan “its the climate” to describe what makes Southern Oregon so desirable. While rain does occasionally sneak in during the summer months it is rare and usually only stays for a short time. Averages are:

Averages are:

  • May · High (F) 73 Low (F) 41Avg. Rainfall 1.21 in.
  • June · High (F) 81 Low (F)45 Avg. Rainfall .53 in.
  • July · High (F) 89 Low (F)49 Avg. Rainfall .37 in.
  • August · High (F) 89 Low (F)49 Avg. Rainfall .45 in.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Q: Is there a single occupancy rate?

    Yes the single occupancy fee is $110 for Monday Starts and $150 for Friday starts.  For families or groups with odd numbers the single occupancy rate will most likely not apply. Call for details.

  • Q: Does OTT Provide SUP equipment?

    We can provide you with SUP, paddle, helmet, leash, and PFD if you would like.  We provide weight appropriate, river specific, inflatable SUP boards from C4Waterman and we charge an additional $100 rental rate to be provided with a board.

  • Q: Can I bring my own SUP equipment?

    Yes you can bring your own equipment if you like to use your stuff.  We reserve the right to deny any equipment we don’t believe is safe, this primarily includes PFD’s, LEASH systems, and helmets but could include boards, paddles, etc.  If you have a question just give us a call.

Southern Oregon Rogue River Adventure Weekend Trip Rates/Dates

2017 Rates and Dates

Price:

  • Monday Starts - $549 Per person
  • Friday Starts - $649 Per Person

Trip Start Dates:

  • June - 2, 5, 9, 12, 16, 19, 23, 26, 30
  • July - 3, 7, 10, 14, 17, 21, 24, 28, 31
  • August - 4, 7, 11, 14, 18, 21, 25, 28

Prices include: Dinner night one and two, breakfast day two and three, lunch day three. Two nights of lodging, two days of guided activities, all transportation from the time you meet us until the trips conclusion.

Not Included: Lunch in Ashland, Alcohol at the lodge, gratuity for any guides and lodge staff.

Southern Oregon Rogue River Adventure Weekend Trip Packing List

For this trip you need to plan clothing for the lodge time and river clothing.  The lodge is very nice but very casual.  It’s a strange place that you won’t feel out of place if dressed formal and you one will look at you twice if you come to dinner in your swim attire.  The lodge does have electricity 24/7 and wireless internet.  You will not have cell service at the lodge.

What to pack

Packing for the river

  • sunglasses with straps
  • River shoes or sandals
  • Swim attire (non-cotton)
  • sunscreen
  • water bottle

Packing for the lodge

  • A pair or two of pants
  • A few shirts
  • Shoes or comfortable sandals
  • fleece jacket or sweatshirt
  • personal items