Planning Your Rogue River Journey
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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 alternative is Morrison’s Lodge, (800) 826-1963. 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.