JACKSON, May 23rd, 2016 – Americans celebrate Independence Day with parades, picnics, barbecues, and, where possible, escape from the hot weather. Southern Oregon’s summer months are sizzling, and escaping the heat is fun and easy on the river, the Rogue River that is. The Rogue River canyon is full of thrills and chills. Its charm lies in its thrilling whitewater stretches, alternated with mild riffles, placid pools, and narrow canyons edged by towering cliffs. When triple-digit days arrive, rafting is a cool way to stay cool.
1) Mid-June through August is peak rafting season, and the water is especially refreshing. Morrison’s Rogue Wilderness Adventures (MRWA) offers single-day floats in Rogue River’s popular 13-mile recreational corridor, and multi-day rafting adventures in the river’s famous 34-mile wild and scenic section, with either overnight camping or lodge stays. Either itinerary in nature’s amusement park is guaranteed unforgettable. Every trip features rollercoaster whitewater rapids and wildlife attractions.
2) The popular Hog Creek to Grave Creek is popular with families who only want a half-day or full-day excursion. Trips start with a lazy float through the scenic Hellgate Canyon and Taylor Creek Gorge to view bald eagle nests, turtles, herons, and other wildlife. Excitement builds as the river whooshes through the Galice Chute and down through the whitewater riffles in Bailey Creek Canyon.
3) For the brave and daring, Grave Creek is the jump-off point for a wild once-in-a-lifetime adventure by oar raft, paddle raft or inflatable kayak. You’ll hike around Rainie Falls, and maybe get a glimpse of salmon jumping. Ride the roller-coaster rapids in the Class IV-plus Mule Creek Canyon and at Blossom Bar, whitewater frothing at the bow of your boat.
The gray-green gorges of the Lower Rogue offer plenty of opportunities to glimpse wildlife up close and personal. Deer and black bear scamper in the river-carved canyons, river otters, mallard ducks, beavers and turtles splash in the emerald and turquoise pools, and bald eagles and osprey soar above the rock formations and towering cliffs.
At night, the family can camp under the stars on the sandy shores of the river, or enjoy the cozy wilderness lodges nestled in the Douglas fir and Ponderosa pine forests. This is one escape that the family cook can take a holiday. All trips include light picnic-style lunches. On the multi-day trips, you have your choice: family-style feasts served by the chefs at the lodges or ’round the campfire cookouts prepared by the guides.
There’s a reason why water has long been used for meditation and relaxation. Let your cares float away as you float down the Rogue River with Rogue Wilderness Adventures.
For more information, visit their website at: www.rogueriverraft.com
About Morrison’s Rogue Wilderness Adventures
With roots dating back to 1945, Morrison’s Rogue River Lodge is a southern Oregon icon. An Orvis-endorsed “fly-fishing lodge,” Morrison’s recently merged with Rogue Wilderness Adventures, an award-winning rafting, hiking and fishing outfitter that has been recognized by Sunset Magazine and earned a rare, five-star rating from hundreds of real-life TripAdvisor reviewers.
The combined, new company’s mission is to be southern Oregon’s leading destination developer and outdoor experience provider. Offering travelers, explorers and outdoor adventurers a wide-variety of options, Morrison’s Rogue Wilderness Adventures is a one-stop shop for booking your “wild and scenic” Rogue River rafting, hiking or fishing trip.
The new firm offers travelers, explorers and outdoor adventurers multi-day trips; one-day trips, half-day trips, group trips, gourmet floats, rafting-based hiking trips, wishing (wine & fishing) trips; as well as world famous Steelhead angling trips. Morrison’s Lodge boasts suites, cabins, and lodge rooms on the river or along Taylor Creek; and fine dining served up by our restaurant’s executive chef, often on the outside deck overlooking the river. The lodge features a great room with a fireplace and view of the river; a shaded deck on the river; five acres of beautiful surroundings including a private beach and a heated swimming pool; as well as basketball, volleyball and tennis courts. Golfers will appreciate the small putting green (there’s horseshoes for the rest), and bicycles are always available for rent. The lodge is open from May 1st to October 31st every year.
Morrisons Rogue Wilderness Adventures
Phone: (800) 336-1647