• River Wisdom Wednesday | William G.T. Shedd

  • First Rivers | An OTT Guide Series | Tanner "Bub" Marvel | The River of No Return

    Guides' First Rivers Series River guides are notorious storytellers. And whether they be true or tall or somewhere in-between, the stories we tell about the river are a part and reflection of our own story. They are a part of who we are and we will be. (Deep water, brother...) So, in this spirit of storytelling and in homage to rivers everywhere, we've asked our guides to recall a notable "first" paddling experience, broadly defined, and to tell a story about that experience.  Return to the River of No Return  Corn Creek Launch Site I am not exactly sure when my fa... Keep reading ›

  • Rising Water Raising Hopes on the Rogue

    The Night Is Darkest Before Dawn A Look Downstream at the Wild & Scenic Rogue River Canyon Despite what can only be called an abnormally warm and dry Winter for Southern Oregon, recent assessments by officials charged with managing water in the Rogue Basin offer good reason for optimism, if not outright celebration. According to Jim Buck, operations project manger for the Army Corps of Engineer’s Rogue River Basin Project, "we’re pretty likely looking at filling Lost Creek," the dam that more or less controls the Rogue's water supply, and to put it simply: a full L... Keep reading ›

  • River Wisdom Wednesday | John Muir

  • Hell or High-Water: Great News on Idaho's Salmon Basin Snowpack

    Let It Rain! Updated data from the National Water and Climate Center (NWCC) puts snowpack and anticipated streamflow forecasts for Idaho's Salmon River basin at roughly 116% of average, which should make for some first-rate whitewater on our Main Salmon and Lower Salmon River Trips this coming 2014 season. According to NWCC hydrologists, the boosted levels are the result primarily of inordinately heavy February precipitation (upwards of 150 percent of normal in the Salmon and Payette River Basins) combined with continued cooler mountain temperatures (Snowpack Recovery in PNW). Regardl... Keep reading ›

  • First Rivers | An OTT Guide Series | "P.B." | The Lower Salmon River Queen

    Guides' First Rivers Series River guides are notorious storytellers. And whether they be true or tall or somewhere in-between, the stories we tell about the river are a part and reflection of our own story. They are a part of who we are and we will be. (Deep water, brother...) So, in this spirit of storytelling and in homage to rivers everywhere, we've asked our guides to recall a notable "first" paddling experience, broadly defined, and to tell a story about that experience.  THE LOWER SALMON RIVER QUEEN Makepeace employing the "Slagle Brace" midway through China Rapid on th... Keep reading ›

  • River Wisdom Wednesday | Albert Einstein

    The Rogue River has always seemed miraculous to us. Discover it for yourself.     Keep reading ›

  • The 7 Wonders of Oregon | From Crater Lake to Rafting the Rogue River

    Why Crater Lake is Awesome (in the true sense of that word) 1. It's deep water, Brother. Crater Lake is the deepest lake in the United States (in terms of maximum depth). Crater Lake is deepest lake in the Western Hemisphere (in terms of average depth). Crater Lake is the seventh deepest lake in the world. 2. It's clean, clear and under control. Due primarily to the absence of any inlets or tributaries, the waters of Crater Lake are singularly clear of pollutants. 3. It's water has memory (figuratively speaking) As aforementioned, there are no rivers or streams flowing di... Keep reading ›

  • OTT Guides in the Offseason | Chasing Waterfalls | East Fork of the Lewis River, WA

    What TLC didn't realize is sometimes waterfalls chase you.Orange Torpedo Trips River Guides living up the Offseason on the East Fork of the Lewis River, WA.Learn about our summer commercial trips at http://www.orangetorpedo.com/oregon-rafting/.[Music: Waterfalls, by TLC. (C) 1994 LaFace Records LLC] Keep reading ›

  • First Rivers | An OTT Guide Series | "Pretty Richard" Alves | Salmon River Love

    Guides' First Rivers Series River guides are notorious storytellers. And whether they be true or tall or somewhere in-between, the stories we tell about the river are a part and reflection of our own story. They are a part of who we are and we will be. (Deep water, brother...) So, in this spirit of storytelling and in homage to rivers everywhere, we've asked our guides to recall a notable "first" paddling experience, broadly defined, and to tell a story about that experience.  Salmon River Love Richard, his fiancé, Jamee, and her dad, Grant, on the Main Salmon River in our pr... Keep reading ›