Rogue River Kayaking
DeRiemer Adventure Kayaking on the Rogue
“…the perfect river”
The Rogue River is the perfect place to improve your hardshell kayaking skills. Led by Phil and Mary DeRiemer of DeRiemer Adventure Kayaking, these trips are designed by kayakers, for kayakers. Our four day and five day Rogue River kayaking trips are “All Camping” which means each night we camp alongside the Rogue River. The itinerary for each day is focused on developing skills, having fun, and supporting each individual kayaker.
Kayakers of all ages and abilities have enjoyed our Rogue River kayaking trips and return year after year. Each day presents opportunities to learn and improve your kayaking skill set. Bombproof your roll, improve your brace, and get pointers from two of the most widely known kayak instructors around. In addition to kayakers, rafting and inflatable kayaking guests are welcome on these trips too.
Our nights are spent along the river in beautiful camps with gorgeous views of the river canyon. Camping “River Journeys” style is comfortable and relaxing with a focus on delicious, regionally sourced foods. Rogue River Journeys’ guides set-up camp ahead of our arrival, complete with large tents, extra-comfortable sleeping pads, a dining area (chairs and tables), shade tarps, and a full kitchen.
Once settled into camp, you are free to explore the nearby area (there are many points of interest along the Rogue), take a swim in the river, soak in the sun, or simply kick back and relax with a glass of Oregon wine or beer.
Getting To The Rogue River
The Rogue River is located in southwest Oregon, about 400 miles north of San Francisco and 250 miles south of Portland. You should plan on arriving in the area the day before your trip launches. If you are planning to fly to the area, the Medford, Oregon airport serves most major airlines. Shuttle service is available from the airport to our meeting place.
Places to Stay
In planning your trip to Oregon, we recommend that you stay at our meeting place, the Galice Resort, the night before your trip departs. This makes meeting easier on the morning of your trip. Galice’s phone number is (541) 476-3818. Their website for reservations is www.galice.com. Galice has rustic cabins and rooms in the Galice House available. Please contact the Galice Resort as soon as possible to make lodging reservations. Be sure to let them know that you will be rafting with Rogue River Journeys.
If Galice is full, it’s no big deal, as there are a number of lodging alternatives close by. The closest alternatives are Morrison’s Lodge, (800) 826-1963; and Rogue Forest Bed and Breakfast, (541) 472-1052.
Both establishments are beautiful settings, with upper end lodging accommodations and meals available. In Grants Pass (40-minute drive from Galice) there are numerous motels available including the Holiday Inn Express, (541) 471-6144; Shilo Inn, (541) 479-8391; and the Riverside Inn, (541) 476-6873.
The best camping facility nearby is Indian Mary Campground, a few miles before Galice. It is operated by Josephine County. A few miles beyond Galice is another campground, Almeda Bar. It is less developed with fewer sites and facilities. For campsite reservations at Indian Mary or Almeda, call Reserve America at (800) 452-5687.
Packing for your Trip
The main things you’ll want to bring are good footwear for use while boating, dry changes of clothing, sun protection and a sleeping bag and tent. With prior notice, we can provide sleeping bags and tents if needed. The Rogue is usually warm although rain and chilly weather can occur any time.
River attire should be casual and comfortable. Please limit your personal gear but bring warm, functional clothing in the event weather is inclement. The Rogue canyon is usually warm, however rain and cold weather can occur at any time. Rain gear and a tent are essential on all trips. A light change of clothing and a wool or fleece pullover are usually sufficient for camp.
We provide comfortable camping gear as part of your trip. There is no extra charge for this service.
Rogue River Pack List
• Rain jacket
• Wool sweater or fleece pullover or jacket (Please avoid cotton jackets or sweatshirts).
• Shirt and pants for camp
• Baseball type cap
• Sunglasses with strap
• Tennis shoes for camp and the lodge
• Swimsuit and shorts
• Insect repellent
• Personal medication
• Water bottle
• River sandals with straps (so they will stay on your feet) or tennis shoes to wear in the boats and while swimming.
Each guest is provided with a waterproof bag for personal gear. It is about the size of a standard duffel bag and you’ll need to pack carefully since it must hold your sleeping bag, changes of clothing and other items. We usually pack tents separately and provide “day bags” for easily accessible gear on the boats during the day. Optional items might include a paperback book, sketchpad, field glasses, fishing equipment (rods in protective, aluminum cases) and camera. Do not bring radios or firearms.
Remember that the Rogue can experience changeable weather throughout the season. Our experience has shown that wool or fleece clothing (it stays warm even when wet) provides the best all weather comfort. Cotton jackets and sweatshirts provide little warmth if they get wet and should be avoided. Rain jackets and pants are not only good for foul weather, but also provide splash protection on cold mornings.
What is the easiest way to get to the Rogue River?
The Rogue is just off Interstate 5, north of Medford and Grants Pass, OR. It is an easy, one-day drive from the San Francisco Bay Area and from Portland. If you choose to fly, Medford has an active regional airport. There are several shuttle services available that can transport you from the airport to our meeting place at Galice. If you need help arranging a shuttle, call our office and we will be glad to assist you.
Who are our guides?
We have an outstanding crew of guides, all of whom are dedicated to providing you with a memorable, fun rafting vacation. Our guides are professional, fun, and focused on service. Check out our staff page for guide profiles.
What is the weather like on the Rogue?
Summer weather on the Rogue is usually pleasant, with daytime high temperatures averaging in the low 90′s and early morning lows in the 50′s. To ensure that you are comfortable, please bring the clothing items that we recommend on your packing list.
What are your age limits?
Many of our guests on the Rogue are families with children. Six years old is our minimum age for kids.
How do I make a reservation?
Our reservations office is open seven days a week to assist you. You can book online or give us a call at 1-541-282-3729 and we will help you to plan your rafting vacation. We can also give you suggestions about other activities to enjoy while you are in the southern Oregon area.
Do I need camping gear for my trip?
If you are booked on one of our camping, or camp/lodge combination trips, you are welcome to bring your own sleeping bag, tent, and pad, or to borrow our gear. We do not charge a rental fee for the use of our gear. We provide this gear as part of our commitment to outstanding service.
Are there mosquitoes, or other bugs that bite?
If you are booked on a trip that stays at lodges, you might experience some mosquitoes in the evening. The lodges irrigate around their buildings for fire protection, and mosquitoes can hatch in this water. For the most part, biting insects are not a problem on the river.
How many people can we book on a trip?
Most of our trips have a limit of 25 people. Our permit is issued by the Bureau of Land Management and limits the number of guests that we can bring on each trip. Please call our office for availability.
I’d like to have my vehicle shuttled to the take-out location – how do I do that?
If you would like to have your car shuttled to the end of the trip, you can make arrangements at the Galice Store on the morning of your trip. Galice can be reached at 541-476-3818 if you would like to make shuttle arrangements ahead of time.
Can you accommodate special needs?
Yes! We will work with you to accommodate dietary, medical, or other needs that you may have.
Can I bring a musical instrument?
Yes please. Let us know in advance and we will provide a waterproof bag to protect your instrument.
Can I bring wine, beer or other drinks on the trip?
We provide some dinner wine, beer, soda, juice and plenty of ice water for your trip. You are welcome to bring your own beverages as well. We’ll store your drinks in our coolers or boxes and provide them to you upon request.
Should I purchase trip insurance?
Yes. Unforeseen circumstances sometimes arise and trip insurance can protect you in the event of a last minute cancellation. We have a good policy available through Travelex Insurance.
What kind of rafts to you use?
On most trips, we run a combination of three kinds of boats, oar rafts to carry gear, a paddle boat, and one or two person inflatable kayaks. You are welcome to rotate and try the different boats during the course of your trip.
• Excellent meals, starting with lunch on the first day and ending with lunch on the last day. Beverages – water, juice, coffee, tea, beer, and wine – are all part of your trip.
• On-river and off-river equipment – including our extra-comfortable camping set-ups (tents, thick sleeping pads, and sleeping bags). Personal dry bags are provided for your use.
• Transportation to and from the river from our meeting location at Galice Resort (free parking is provided at Galice for the duration of your trip).
Kayak instruction provided by DeRiemer Adventure Kayaking
Space is limited – reservations are necessary to save your space on our trips. A deposit of $250 per person will save your seat, with the balance due 60 days prior to trip departure.
Why Rogue River Journeys?
• Our amazing crew of guides are fun, educated, and enhance your river trip with their knowledge of the Rogue River. Safety is always first and there’s no substitute for experience.
• Everything you need for your trip is included. Our trips are all-inclusive. All you need to bring is your toothbrush and some clothes, we’ll take care of the rest.
• Extra-comfortable camping that will forever change your perspective of sleeping under the stars. Not only do we do all the heavy lifting (we set up camp ahead of our groups), we also provide you with high quality camping equipment – large tents, thick sleeping pads, and sleeping bags.
• When you have the best dining room on Earth you might as well serve the best food possible. Our menu showcases delicious plates of regionally sourced food.
• We love the Rogue and it shows. We are stewards of the Rogue River and are active in protecting this magnificent watershed. We support local conservation groups and our trips follow the Leave No Trace ethic.
• Most importantly, we have fun and love sharing the Rogue River with our guests.