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Photo of Bama Stephen Dennis Bama Stephen Dennis Guide

Originally from Alabama, Stephen feels right at home on the waters of the Rogue. Better known as “Bama”, Stephen’s journey as a guide started seven years ago on the Rogue River. Stephen has been fortunate to experience many rivers and has had quite an interesting career path. He’s led trips on the Dart River in New Zealand, been a divemaster for scuba and managed farms in California and Hawaii. He is a true lover of the outdoors!

Photo of Ryan Garn Ryan Garn Guide

Ryan hails from southern Arizona. He has been rafting since 2006, when his father acquired a winter Grand Canyon permit and bought a beaten up bucket boat raft after suffering a knee injury that left him unable to enjoy backpacking. Ryan has participated in and led several raft expeditions through the Grand Canyon National Park, and rowed the Salt River Canyon in Arizona, Desolation and Gray Canyons on the Green River in Utah, the Lower Salmon in Idaho, and eastern Oregon’s Grande Ronde. In 2018, seeking a change from the desert heat and yearning for more water to hone his boating skills in, Ryan took a job at Paradise Lodge on the Wild & Scenic Rogue River. He immediately fell in love with the Rogue’s mysterious charm. He is excited to spend his debut season as a professional guide with Morrison’s! When he isn’t rafting or trying to master his kayak roll, Ryan is exploring and taking in Oregon’s beautiful backcountry, enjoying coffee and polemical non-fiction, or expanding his culinary skills.

Photo of Joshua Blu Gutierrez Joshua Blu Gutierrez Guide

A Southern Oregon native, Joshua has the outdoors in his blood and enjoys sports year round. A self-professed “gear head” or “gram weenie”, he enjoys mountaineering, packrafting, mountain biking, kayaking, rock climbing, bikepacking, rafting, and long distance hikes. Joshua has the gear, knowledge, and maps to do it all. He’s also a strong believer that there’s no such thing as bad weather, just the wrong gear! He’s excited to join the Morrison’s team and share his love of Southern Oregon and the river to guests.

Photo of Russell Heard Russell Heard Guide

Russell has spent most of his life around the water. After 8 years in the U.S. Coast Guard, he moved to the Rogue Valley in ’95 and began kayaking and rafting the local rivers in 2001. Russell started guiding in 2006, starting with half-day trips and working up to his ultimate goal of guiding multi-day trips on the Wild and Scenic section of the Lower Rogue. You can often find Russell taking in the river, cooking up some good eats, or playing his guitar. Go ahead and ask him questions about local history; he may even remember some of it. Come meet Russell on the Rogue River!

Photo of Ted Helvoigt Ted Helvoigt Guide

Ted began his rafting career on the New and Gauley rivers in West Virginia in the early 1990s. He moved west soon after. He’s been guiding for nearly 30 years, and 2019 will be his 27th year guiding on the Rogue River. In his regular life, Ted lives in Eugene and works as an economist. He is also the proud father of three beautiful girls.

Photo of Patrick Joanis Patrick Joanis

Patrick loves the outdoors! In addition to his time as a guide, he also enjoys hunting and fishing. As a child, Patrick spent summers in Alaska fishing and exploring. He has a lot of experience on the river, including 4 ½ years commercial guiding out of Bend, and a handful of private trips. Commercially, he also ran the North Umpqua, McKenzie, Lower Deschutes and the Big Eddie section of the Upper Deschutes. But Patrick fell in love when he rowed the multi-day section of the Rogue last October. During the winter, he spends a month or two exploring Baja and surfing when he sees his parents, who live in Mexico. Patrick is also the proud father of Wyatt, a 3 ½-year-old lab. He’s excited to spend more time on the water as a private boater and see as many rivers as he can.

Photo of Forrest Parkinen Forrest Parkinen Guide

Born and raised in southern California, Forrest always loved the water and the outdoors, but never had the chance to discover the magic of rivers. While living in Flagstaff, he fell in love with the rivers of the desert southwest and the multi-day adventures that they provided. From that moment on, he was hooked. He spent the last four summers in Colorado chasing whitewater in the Rockies, but this summer he’s excited to return to his multi-day roots, explore a new place, and enjoy many starry nights beside the water.

Photo of Bob Rafalovich Bob Rafalovich Guide

Bob Rafalovich was born in Cleveland, Tennessee. Though he is old enough to know better, he has been a raft guide for 43 seasons! Bob is the guy who started Rogue Wilderness Adventures in the early 1970s and operated it for 32 years. He is a voracious Virgo, who enjoys rafting on the Rogue River. Be it oars or paddles, low water or high water, history or biology, Bob is a knowledgeable guide. He enjoys the imaginative game of Cosmic Volleyball on the river, and you will see him up early for his morning coffee. If Bob were stranded on a desert island he would bring a hammock to relax in. Bob, being a seasoned boatman, is at the top of the food chain. You will find him on numerous lodge trips, camping trips, and fishing trips, and you can guarantee that he will be the first one up. If you cannot find Bob on the water rafting, he may be in his drift boat guiding fishing trips on the Rogue River. Bob’s life has been about the Rogue River for many decades. The river is dear to his heart, and he is a legend on the Rogue. If you get Bob in your boat, consider yourself very lucky. Come join Captain Bob on the Rogue River.

Photo of Micah Schauermann Micah Schauermann Guide

Micah “Yakadoo” Schauermann grew up in Astoria, Oregon, and is the 9th of 13 children. After six years in the Air Force, he moved back to the sunny part of Oregon. This is his first year as a commercial guide, but he’s been boating on the Rogue River for four years. Micah is incredibly excited to show Morrison’s guests the beauty of the Rogue River and share his love for the area. In his free time, he likes to gather around a warm fire, tell stories and laugh until it hurts. He also enjoys tinkering on cars, trucks, and motorcycles.