Trip Summary

Experience the thrill of a full-day Rogue River whitewater rafting adventure in Southern Oregon. Perfect for families and individuals eager to immerse themselves in river life, this journey offers an unparalleled opportunity to either start your rafting experience or try your hand at paddling on of our custom inflatable kayaks behind a guide who will teach you the ropes. This trip, a blend of tranquil swimming pools, invigorating whitewater, and awe-inspiring scenery, caters to all looking to spend a day on one of America’s most beloved rivers.

Your adventure begins just above the inviting Hellgate Canyon, setting the stage for a day of exhilarating swift waters leading into a breathtaking narrow gorge. As you navigate through, take a moment to soak in the serene pools and gaze up at the towering canyon walls. The morning continues with a series of class II rapids, perfect for adding excitement, interspersed with calm pools for admiring the captivating scenery. Rafters will delight in the playful splashes and shared laughter, all while surrounded by the natural beauty of waterfowl and ospreys.

After a leisurely lunch and some riverside fun, the trip resumes with an increase in whitewater action. Prepare for the exhilarating wave train at Almeda mines, a highlight for those in rafts and a fun challenge for first-time inflatable kayakers. The excitement peaks with the section's climax rapid, Argo, sure to drench rafters and thrill kayakers with its dynamic waves. As the adventure winds down, you'll navigate a few more rapids before arriving at Grave Creek. Here, our van awaits for your return journey. Take a moment to gaze downstream at the first class III rapids, part of our three-day excursion, enticing you for future adventures on the Rogue River.

Don't miss this chance to create lasting memories on the Rogue River, a cornerstone of Oregon's outdoor adventures. Book your full-day Rogue River rafting trip today and dive into the heart of Southern Oregon's river excitement!

At Orange Torpedo Trips – Everyone is welcome and appreciated

Orange Torpedo Trips is now an official PAL PLACE. Here is how PAL explains their mission:

Just as wheel chair ramps and ADA accommodations enabled those with mobility challenges to more easily travel, shop, visit entertainment venues, and attend sporting events, our proprietary set of technology-based learning resources open communities to people with non-visible disabilities. Pal’s vision is to create a national network of Pal Places by developing custom videos, digital guides, and on-site resources that enhance specific customer experiences for all guests, and particularly for families and individuals impacted by autism and related non-visible intellectual and developmental differences. Rooted in evidence-based best practices in behavioral therapy, our learning resources reduce anxiety and communication barriers, and offer support for those with sensory sensitivities.

We believe that everyone benefits from days on the river and that we benefit as people from spending time with EVERYONE on the river. This is why we are working with PAL and doing what we can to make rafting approachable and fun for everyone.  If you are, or if you want to bring your friend/family member who is, on the Spectrum or has a non-visible disability PAL has worked with us help make some resources to increase the likelihood it is a good experience.  Find all the resources from PAL on their Orange Torpedo Trips resource page.

Here is a SOCIAL STORY video we worked with PAL to create so you can help prepare for your day on the river.

Trip at a glance

Price Range
1 Day
14 miles
Merlin, OR
May - September
Closest Airport
Medford, OR
Who is this trip for?

The perfect family day on the river. Also great with teenager or anyone who wants the trill of paddling themselves down the river in one of our inflatable kayaks under the tutelage of our experienced guides.

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Dates / Rates

Rogue River Full Day



  • Adult: $139
  • Youth: $109

Saturday - Holiday

  • Adult: $149
  • Youth: $119

Trip Start Dates:

May 1 - October 30

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Trip Logistics Overview

Full day trip meets at our shop in Merlin at 8am and will be returned to our shop between 4:00 and 4:30 PM

Full Day

Meet in our shop in Merlin just a little before 8AM. We are located at 210 Merlin Rd, Merlin Oregon. Exit Interstate 5 at exit 61 and drive 3.2 miles west. We are on the right hand side of the road. At our store you will meet your guides and get fitted for PFD’s before having the chance to buy any last minute items like sunscreen or straps for your sunglasses. When everyone has everything the group will load into the vans for the short 10 minute ride to the famous Rogue River.

When we arrive at the put-in you can take a few minutes to get your sunscreen loaded on while the guides get all of the boats ready to go. When the boats are ready the head guide will do a quick but thorough orientation on the type of boat you will be going down the river in (Orange Torpedo Kayak, Paddle Raft, or Oared Raft). When everyone is geared up it’s time to load in and start rafting the Rogue River. The adventure starts right away with the swift water leading into Hellgate Canyon, a scenic wonderland with forbidding cliffs rising from the water on both shores.

At the conclusion of the canyon is the groups first class II, Dunn Riffle, which is followed quickly by another fun class II rooster tail. After some splashing it will feel good to kick back and dry off in between the many riffles during the float towards upper and Lower Galice, two more thrilling class II rapids, back to back.

Somewhere below Galice your head guide will find a nice riverside spot to take a break and grab lunch. The guides will prepare whatever the days meal will include while you relax in the sun or take a quick swim. Generally some fresh fruit, makings for a sandwich and or salad, and a tasty desert item are on the menu. After lunch and a little relaxing its back to the rafts and kayaks for some more Rogue River whitewater. In the afternoon you can look forward to numerous rapids including chair riffle, the extremely fun and long wave train of Alameda, and the always exciting bigger waves at Argo rapid. A few more miles a couple fun rapids has the group arrive at Grave Creek, the last exit of the canyon before the river turns and heads into the 40 miles of roadless wilderness making up the famous Wild and Scenic Rogue River canyon.  As you takeout look downstream at the first class III rapid of the multi-day trip and start planning your return.

Travel Info

Where to Meet Orange Torpedo Trips

Meet in our shop in Merlin. We are located at 210 Merlin Rd. Merlin, Oregon. Exit Interstate 5 at exit 61 and drive 3.2 miles west. We are on the right hand side of the road.


Grants Pass and the surrounding area have a number of wonderful places to stay, these just happen to be a few of our favorites.


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.
Packing List

On trips of only a day it’s not critical to have all the gear, but having some of the right things will help you enjoy your experience that much more.

What to pack

  • Swim attire - shorts and shirt (ideally not cotton)
  • Water shoes or sandals
  • Water Bottle - 1 liter
  • Ball cap or wide brimmed hat
  • sunscreen
  • Sunglasses with croakies or chums
  • Camera to capture the memories


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30+ days prior to launch we need a 30% deposit to make a reservation.  Trips booked within 30 days require full payment at the time of making the reservation.

Yes.  On this trip you are required to sign a “release of liability” form. 

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. 

An Orange Torpedo is our custom-designed inflatable kayak. We have brought our 50+ years of guided inflatable kayaking experience into our partnership with world renown raft builder AIRE to introduce an industry leading high performance, beginner friendly inflatable kayak which we exclusively use.

Youth is 17 and under.

While we cannot accommodate all food requests we happily provide, vegitarian, vegan, glutten free, and peanut free meals upon request. Just let us know and we will work

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.

This trip includes a riverside picnic lunch

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.