Trip Summary

The North Umpqua River, known for ample amounts of thrilling whitewater and mountain scenery, is an ideal place to hideaway from the world for a few days of fun with your family and friends.  On this escape into the Cascade Mountains your group can enjoy two days of splashing, paddling, and enjoying the excitement of the river, floating both the upper and lower sections. For the evening between the two days you are free to stay at one of the incredible lodges, glamping or camping options in the area.  Our guides will meet you at the river for the first day of rafting and return you to your vehicle at the end of the day.  The second day, the guides will again meet you at the river for another fun day of whitewater.

Day one on the North Umpqua River the group will run the popular one-day section from Boulder to Gravel Bin with numerous class II, III, and even one IV rated rapid.  Day two run the less often traveled lower section with a collection of extremely exciting, big wave class III rapids that get the adrenaline rushing.  Day two is amazing section of river that often goes un-explored, so on the two day trip you become one of the fewer who see this incredible section of whitewater.

The North Umpqua River area has so many incredible overnight options we are running these two day trips as a “do-it-yourself” overnight.  That mean you can arrange your own overnight lodging and we will just coordinate two incredible days of whitewater.  A couple of our recommended places to stay

Umpqua’s Last Resort - Small cabins, glamping and RV hookup’s.

The Steamboat Inn - Incredible riverside lodge

Horseshoe Bend Campground - You can reserve campsites online.  Do it early as the fill up quick.  There are a number of other USFS campgrounds in the area as well.


Due to the permit system on the Umpqua River we only offer a limited number of trips every year so book early as we do book out the whole season.

Trip at a glance

Price Range
$249
Duration
2 Days
Distance
22-30 miles
Start/End
Roseburg, OR
Seasons
May - August
Closest Airport
Eugene, OR
Who is this trip for?

Anyone looking to explore a hidden gem of Oregon and get in some great whitewater.

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Dates / Rates

North Umpqua 2-day Trips

Trip Start Dates:

Every Monday, Wednesday, Saturday May 15 to August 31

$249 per person.

Itinerary

This is a “do-it-yourself” overnight trip.  So we will take you on the river both days but the single night is on your own.  This way you can choose the accommodations which best fit your group.  We also highly encourage you to explore some of the unique offerings in the area on your night between trips; things like hiking to Toketee Falls and the Umpqua Hot Springs.

Detailed Itinerary for this North Umpqua Multi-day Trip

Day 1: Meet your guides at Gravel Bin Boat Launch site between 9:15 and 9:30am.  Your vehicle will be left in the parking lot and you can ride in our van up to the put-in.

Day one starts off with a bang and puts you in some perfect warm-up class II+ or III white water. This is where you will hone your inflatable kayak skills of weaving around boulders and riding over waves, or bring your rafting team into sync as you prepare for the bigger rapids in a paddle raft.

After a riverside lunch prepared by the guides, it will be time to head back out for the white water packed half of the day. The afternoon on the North Umpqua is filled with class II, III and one class IV rapid hiding in the middle. After paddling through rapids like the Froggers, Amazon Queen and Pinball, your raft team will feel ready to take on any white water you can find. In the late afternoon when your knuckles are white and your smile has become a permanent fixture on your face, the group will reach the takeout and your vehicle.

At the takeout you can load in your vehicle and head to Steamboat Creek falls for some swimming, relaxing and jumping into the deep pool below the falls or you can head directly to your camp or lodge for the night.  This is also a great time to head up to Toketee falls or the hotsprings.

Day 2: Meet your guides at the pre-arranged put-in on the North Umpqua river for another day filled with crystal-clear water, big waves and fun with your group. The day typically starts off at Bogus Creek with plenty of exciting morning white water, including Wright Creek and Bathtub rapids. You will quickly notice that the rapids on day two are a bit bigger than day one and the excitement level has jumped up a notch or two.  This is a thrilling section of river. Another riverside lunch will lead you into more class II and III rapids, such as Cliffside and the guide favorite, Island.  Upon arrival at the takeout the guides will shuttle you back to your vehicle and you can head to another night explore the amazing area around the Umpqua.

Travel Info

Where to Meet Orange Torpedo Trips

For this trip we meet at Gravel Bin Boat Ramp: On Highway 138 about 1 mile up river from the Steamboat Inn. We meet here around 9:15 AM.

Accommodations

Umpqua’s Last Resort - Small cabins, glamping and RV hookup’s.

The Steamboat Inn - Incredible riverside lodge

Dogwood Motel - Nice little hotel

Camping


The North Umpqua River corridor is strewn with incredible camp grounds. 

North Umpqua River Camping Information

Flying In

The closest commercial airport is in Eugene, Oregon which is about an hour and fifteen minutes north of Roserburg. If you fly into Eugene you will need to rent a car and meet us at the Windmill Inn in Roserburg.

Typical Weather

Southern Oregon is known for its great summer weather.

Averages are:

Averages are:

  • May · High (F) 71 Low (F) 46 Avg. Rainfall 1.82 in.
  • June · High (F) 78 Low (F) 51 Avg. Rainfall .92 in.
  • July · High (F) 86 Low (F) 55 Avg. Rainfall .44 in.
  • August · High (F) 86 Low (F) 55 Avg. Rainfall .57 in.
Packing List

What to pack

On the River

  • 2 swimsuits or shorts and top (cotton not recommended)
  • Sports sandals or hard-soled wetsuit booties (ideally something that does not come off when swimming)
  • Synthetic paddling gloves (only if kayaking and even then not required but they do help with blisters) - Available at our shop
  • Polypro, synthetic or hydro-skin shirt (nice for mornings and chilly days - Not required but can be comfortable) - Available at our shop
  • Water Bottle (1 liter) with carabiner - Available at our shop
  • Waterproof sunscreen - Available at our shop
  • Sunglasses with croakies or chums strap (consider bringing two pairs)


FAQs

On this trip you will be required to sign an acknowledgement of risk form.  You can find a copy of form here: Acknowledgement of Risk

As on most of our trips we offer a variety of river craft to choose from. Orange Torpedo Trips is best known for inflatable kayaking with 80% of our customers choosing this as the way to go down the river, but on this trip we offer 3 types of river craft on this trip. Watch the video to learn more about our 3-boats.

Orange Torpedo

Learn to paddle your own inflatable kayak (Torpedo). We have guides in Torpedo’s teaching you how to paddle and leading you through the rapids in a 4 to 1 ratio. If you happen to fall out the guides have you out of the river in seconds. 45+ years of doing it on the Rogue River and tens of thousands of satisfied returning customers prove that it is extremely fun.

Paddle Raft

A more traditional type of rafting, paddle rafts are a great way to go if you still want to do some work, but think the torpedo is just a little to much. Work with a team of your friends paddling the big boat through the rapids as the guide sits in the back to help navigate.

Oared Raft

Hop on an oared raft and ride in luxury. This is the relaxed way to travel. If taking in the scenery and letting the guide do the work is how you vacation then hop on board. This is how kids 4-11 years old will usually travel.

An Orange Torpedo is our custom-designed inflatable kayak. We have brought our 45 years of guided inflatable kayaking experience into our partnership with world renown raft builder SOTAR to introduce an industry leading high performance, beginner friendly inflatable kayak which we exclusively use.

Gratuity is certainly appreciated but by no means required. At the conclusion of a trip please just give any gratuity to the head guide who will divide it evenly among the crew. Standard restaurant gratuity percentages tend not apply on these trips, so what we have seen over the years on the North Umpqua 3-day trip is an average of approx: $50 per person in a group. So a group of four would be about $200. That is what we typically see on this trip as an average, please don’t feel obligated. Also, when thinking about gratuities, please feel free to tip the staff at the lodges during your stay there.

Yes, but with some limitation. If you start in an inflatable kayak and decide quickly that it’s not for you. We will get you out of the kayak. If you start in a raft and decide you want to kayak, we cannot always guarantee that ability. Based on what people tell us they want to do we pack a specific amount of equipment and bring an appropriate number of guides for a trip. Sometimes that does not leave much room to add kayakers mid-trip. People will often be willing to switch out throughout the trip, but if someone signs up to tackle the river in an inflatable kayak, we want to make sure they have chance to paddle the entire trip if they want.

On single day trips your $10 per person deposit is refundable up to 72 hours before your trip. Cancellations within 72 hours of the scheduled trip launch will be subject to loss of their deposit.

On all of our multi day rafting trips we do not offer refunds on deposits or balance payments. We strongly encourage all customers to purchase travel insurance through travel guard to help protect your travel investment against the things that come up in life. It’s a small additional price for the comfort to know that if something comes up (illness, work change, etc) you will have the ability to recover your significant travel investment. Get a Travel Guard Quote Here.

As on all OTT trips, this trip requires a 30% deposit. The remaining balance is due 30 days before the trip launches. Upon making your reservation you have the option to set up your credit card to automatically run the balance on the due date.

The lodge version of the North Umpqua River multi-day does have a single occupancy fee of $50 per night.

Orange Torpedo Trips was founded on the Rogue River in 1969 by rafting visionary, Jerry Bentley. Within just a few years OTT had spread to numerous rivers throughout the Northwest including the Klamath River, the Main Salmon River and Snake Rivers.

We are proud to have one of the highest head guide tenure’s in the industry. The majority of our multi-day trip guides are teachers in the off-season. This off river profession makes them naturally great guides with a desire to teach our customers about the rivers, but it also makes them stable year to year guides. The average tenure, with our company, of our head guides is 29 years.