Introduction to Whitewater: Rogue River “Gold Nugget”
Half-Day on the Rogue
A special trip in many ways:
- Close at hand, located just a short distance from Ashland on the famous Rogue River, starting below Lower Table Rock and concluding at Gold Hill, Oregon. Also easily accessible from I-5, so you can incorporate a trip on your way through Southern Oregon.
- A scenic setting starting with mellow riffles and rapids, uniquely progressing from class I introductory rapids to the exciting but safe class IV whitewater. (Walk-around option is available on the two class IV rapids.) Mellow stretches between the rapids allow us to play games, swim and enjoy some river time.
- Beautiful scenery, sparsely populated, and a variety of birds and waterfowl add to the many memorable pleasures.
- Great for the beginning rafter to the seasoned river veteran. An excellent training ground for active participation paddle rafting. Stern drive paddle rafting, also commonly used, combines paddle rafting with the extra power and control of oars the guide operates. Sorry, no inflatable kayaks on the half-day trip. All rafts have a highly skilled, personable guide at the helm.
This 5.5 -mile stretch of river has more to offer in whitewater excitement and adventure than any other section of the entire Rogue River, and nobody knows it better or provides more fun and safety than Noah’s guides and crew.
Trips depart Ashland three times a day, seven days a week, when four or more river enthusiasts are ready to go, leaving the Ashland area by 8 a.m., 10:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. returning by approximately 11, 3 and 4:00 p.m. Transportation is provided for your convenience, to and from the river and your lodging, at no additional charge. Private groups and different time schedules can be easily arranged with advance notice. Special family and group rates are also available. Half Day….$89 Express….$79
*NOTE: We have changed our itinerary a bit for this season. The AM and the PM trips will be an “Express” trip. This means you will be back to your pick-up spot within 3 hrs. This trip does not include our snack and spends a little less time on the river. This is in response to demand for some guests wanting to get back earlier. The Express Nugget trip is $10 cheaper and limited to 12 guests per trip. The Mid-Day trip will be our traditional trip with more time on playing on water and our delicious, healthy snack.
All Day on the Rogue
Combine the half-day Nugget trip with 6 extra miles, an inflatable kayak option, an all-you-can-eat deli-style lunch and spend the day exploring and cooling off on the Rogue River. We will put in at Touvelle State Park and head downstream. For the next six miles, escape into a section of river that has a very isolated feel. Lower Table Rock dominates the landscape as we meander through a very lush and green segment of the Rogue that class 2 and lower. Wildlife is in abundance with great opportunities to take photos. We will find a nice shady spot for lunch and relax for a few before continuing down through the site of the old Kelly’s slough and Gold Rey dam which was removed in 2010. From here we will put the kayaks away and finish the day with some of the best whitewater in the entire Rogue River (our Nugget Half-Day). Just downstream from Powerhouse rapid, we will take-out at the Gold Hill Sports Park in Gold Hill. 9:30am to 4pm $139