Gone Rogue!

Float an Inflatable Kayak Down the Rogue River in Southern Oregon

If one thing can make you feel like a kid at summer camp, it’s spending a day on the river, rafting, floating, cannonballing off cliffs—eureka! One of the best rivers in the West to float is the Rogue River, aka the heartbeat of the region.

This river has it all, from scenic and sublime sections to thrills through rapids up to Class III, with one Class IV, and some mellow spots for a swim. For a fun adventure, rent an inflatable kayak from Orange Torpedo. They’ve been around for 51 years and know their stuff, which is big fun on the water!

Go on a guided trip or ask about the do-it-yourself routes. The inflatable kayaks are a kick, sturdy orange ‘torpedos’ that are your vessels for a scenic day paddling a mix of the Rogue River’s gentle flows, whitewater for some splash action, and relaxing pools for a quick dip. 

Inflatable kayak orange torpedo Rogue River

FOOD & DRINK: Grab a tasty hamburger (or salmon burger) and a beer at Galice Resort along the Rogue River. Their spacious outdoor patio overlooks the water and their popular soft-serve ice cream makes a sweet treat on a warm day.

BONUS BBQ & STAY: Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the Wolf Creek Inn & Tavern is the oldest continually operated hotel in the Pacific Northwest. Originally a refuge for stagecoach pioneers who would socialize in the inn’s two parlors, the original decor remains authentic, but today the socializing is out back of the inn, where you can belly up to a picnic table and order what we think will be some of the tastiest BBQ you’ll ever have.

You can spend the night at the inn in one of their rooms with a full bath or in smaller rooms with bunk beds and a shared bathroom down the hall. Its location close to the Rogue River and rafting or kayaking options makes it a good overnight option. The inn is rumored to be haunted, though we witnessed no paranormal activity.

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LISTEN TO THE PODCAST: In the episode "Road Trip to Spectacular: National Park, Hot Springs & Hikes" the Weekend Sherpa team discuss their adventures in Southern Oregon and floating down the Rogue River.

2020 Travel: Here’s more information on Southern Oregon’s health guidelines and updates.

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