"My 2 sisters and I, along with our kids (4 kids ages 14 - 21) did the 1/2 day PM rafting trip on Sunday, 08/19/2018, and we had an absolute blast. This was our first guided rafting trip so we weren't exactly sure what to expect. Our guide was Sharon, and she was a TOTAL BLAST!!! She fit in very well with our sarcastic/silly family. She also suggested fun (safe) games the kids could play while floating and had a lot of information about the river, the animals, and the area in general. She was very clear on when we were to paddle and when to stop. I would definitely recommend, especially with her as the guide! The other group that was right behind us had a great guide as well (I can't remember his name), and between the 2 rafts, there was a LOT of laughs and fun! The area and all the employees had been evacuated for 3 weeks due to the fires getting close to the area, and had only come back less than a week before our trip and there was still a lot of smoke/haze in the air. For that reason, I'm not able to comment on the sunset. Everyone at Morrisons Rogue Wilderness Adventures and the Lodge were extremely friendly and helpful. It was a 6-1/2 hour drive each way for us, so I'm not sure we will make that long drive again, but if we lived closer we would definitely go again - and maybe do the full day trip next time (or an overnight rafting trip)." ~Nicole B
Half Day Afternoon Rafting Trip
(Class II, III)
Join us for an afternoon of splashes and giggles. Our most popular day trip option, the half-day afternoon trip, floats down the ‘recreation stretch’ of the Rogue River, just above the ‘Wild and Scenic’ stretch. It starts at Morrisons Rogue River Lodge and goes to Grave Creek, encompassing 9 miles and several class II and III rapids.
Your trip begins at Morrisons Rogue Wilderness Lodge with a hearty lunch and a river orientation from one of your guides. After splitting into groups of 6 or less and loading on the boats with a trained guide, you will float through calm pools and splashy rapids as you make your way through the lush forest of the river canyon. For those looking for a little bit more excitement, a single person ‘Inflatable Kayak’ is available to share for every raft.
Recreation Section Half Day Afternoon Trip
Morrisons Rogue River Lodge to Grave Creek
(9-mile float with lunch)
(6-11 years old)
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Vacation Style Holiday Type
(Class II, III).
Our trips leave daily between May 15 and September 15. Please call or email 48 hours before departure to reserve your spot. * Trip prices subject to 3% BLM per person user fee.
- Rapid Level: Classes I-III.
- Season: May thru October.
- Age: 6 to 106 years of age.
- Start: 11:30 am
- End: 4:30 pm
- What’s Included: Guides, rafts, dry bag, transportation, and lunch for day trips.
- Not Included: Guide gratuity and Government access fees.
- Splash gear and Personal Flotation Devices will be fitted before leaving Morrisons Rogue Wilderness Adventures.
What to Expect
Please arrive at Morrisons Rogue River Lodge (8500 Galice Road, Merlin, Oregon) at your trip starting time.
- Half Day PM – 11:45 am to 4:30 pm
At the time of your trip departure, you will have last minute paperwork. You will meet your river guide and get fitted for a personal flotation device.
What should I know before I go?
Check out this quick video to learn what you’ll need for your trip.
How healthy do I need to be to go on a trip?
Your MRWA Rafting/hiking trips on the Rogue River can be physically strenuous and require active participation from each trip participant. Essential eligibility requirements for all participants on any MRWA river trip are as follows:
- Ability to independently board and disembark a boat four to ten times each day. This may require stepping into the boat, and then maneuvering your body over and across tubes and fixed objects into a seated position.
- Ability to remain seated and balanced while in a whitewater craft while holding on with at least one hand.
- Ability to independently navigate shoreline terrain, including maneuvering around and across boulders, rocks, slippery or sandy, uneven surfaces, under low branches, and around vegetation. This includes the ability to independently maintain your balance near precipitous ledges or cliffs.
- Ability to follow both verbal and non-verbal instructions given by guides in all situations, including during stressful or dangerous situations, and to effectively communicate with guides and other guests. Wear a Type V Coast Guard-approved personal flotation device provided. Where required, properly wear a helmet.
Are guide gratuities included?
Guide gratuities are additional and based on 10-15% of your base trip cost, not including BLM and USFS fees (if applicable). For payment, we accept cash or check (made out to your guide). We cannot add gratuities to your credit card.
If you have any questions about our trips, please call our offices 7 days a week at 1-800-336-1647. Our friendly office staff is glad to answer any questions about our trips or visiting the great state of Oregon.
What is the difference between the 3-day and 4-day rafting trips?
The pace on the river is slightly different, but you are still covering the same 40 miles of the Rogue River. Both feature many historical cabins and landmarks, although we may not stop at some depending on the duration of the rafting adventure. Longer trips also allow for more time spent swimming. Both trips are fantastic options!
Where can I leave my pet while I am on a trip?
We recommend leaving your pet(s) at home. If you are traveling with your pet(s) and need to find a place for them to stay while you are on a trip with us, we have some recommendations for lodging for your pet:
If you are on a half day or full day rafting trip, do not leave your pet in the car unattended. Temperatures are too hot to leave your pet in the car for any length of time. Also, we are unable to watch your pet while you’re on the river. Please plan ahead and secure lodging for your pet(s) before arriving for your trip.
Where is the best place to stay the night before the trip?
Morrisons Lodge is our preferred lodging location for convenient orientation and launching of your trip. It offers riverside cabins, secluded townhomes, and cozy lodge rooms. A gourmet 4-course dinner is available in the evenings, and a country-style buffet breakfast is available before your trip in the morning.
- Morrisons’ Lodge: (800) 826-1963 (about $150)
Other Lodging Options
- Weasku Inn (541) 471-8000 (about $195)
- Double Tree Guest Ranch (541) 416-0120 (about $145)
- The Lodge at Riverside (541) 955-0600 (about $175)
- Riverside Inn (541) 476-6873 (about $145)
- Holiday Inn Express (541) 471-6144 (about $160)
Indian Mary, Griffin Park and Almeda Park all take reservations. For reservations call 1-800-452-5687 or visit CampLife.com/
What lodges do we stay at on the river?
What kind of food do you serve?
We provide a picnic style lunch that includes healthy light meals ideal for river trips. On our multiple day trips, the lodges will provide dinner and breakfast for the lodge trips, and our guides will turn into gourmet cooks for the camp trips. They will cook anything from bbq chicken to fajitas to stir-fry, salmon, and steak. They follow it up with desserts such as chocolate cake, vanilla pudding cake, or our famous bacon peanut butter chocolate crumble. If you have any kind of dietary specifications, please let us know so we can accommodate your needs.
Do you provide drinks?
We serve water and juice. You are responsible for bringing anything else that you would like to drink.
Do you serve alcohol on the trips?
We do not provide alcohol. You are welcome to bring alcohol with you on the trips. On multiple day trips, we provide a cooler for you to store any extra drinks that you would like to bring. Additionally, Paradise Lodge offers a wide selection of alcoholic beverages to purchase at a ‘wilderness’ price.
What do I bring?
When you book a trip we will send out an itinerary on what you need to bring or you can download a PDF.
What do I wear?
Dressing safely and comfortably (not to mention fashionable) for river trips is a challenging task. It is very important and should not be taken lightly. For much of the season, you will need two sets of clothing: one for on the river and one for camp or the lodge.
During the day, shorts, swimsuit, water sandals, hat, and sunglasses are best. Sun protection is always a priority. There is no shade on the river. Please plan on wearing shoes that attach to your feet. No flip flops!
In the evening, you will need a dry pair of shoes or sandals, a warm pair of pants, and a sweatshirt or jacket. In the heat of the summer, you may just need dry shorts and a t-shirt for the evenings, but the mornings are always chilly, so be prepared with a warm top.
It is always a good idea to bring a rain jacket and pants. Oregon is known for erratic weather.
For more specifics on what to pack, reference the itinerary provided with your trip confirmation email.
What happens if I need to go to the bathroom?
On the Wild and Scenic Section, the lodges have bathrooms and many of the places we camp have outhouses. If an outhouse isn’t available, we carry a riverside toilet system. We make sure you have a bathroom available at all stops. For more information, check out this blog post.
How high are the rapids ranked?
Rapids are classed on a scale from 1 to 6. The Wild and Scenic Rogue River includes rapids ranging from Class 1, 2, and 3, with two Class 4 rapids that you can easily navigate or walk around if preferred. However, the classes of rapids you will encounter will vary depending on your trip. The following explains each classification:
Class I (easy) – Moving water with small waves that can tug a boat. This is the calmest class, with minimal maneuvering required.
Class II (novice) – Easy rapids, with waves up to 3 ft tall that are easily seen, and wide channels. Some maneuvering required.
Class III (intermediate) – Offer plenty of excitement with waves up to 4 ft and narrow passages that send the boat shimmying and water gushing over its sides.
Class IV (advanced) – Long, difficult rapids, with turbulent water that requires precise maneuvering. Guaranteed to get your heart racing! There may be dangerous rocks or boiling eddies. Precise maneuvering required, and you should be accompanied by an experienced guide.
Class V (expert) – A constant adrenaline rush. Long and violent rapids that follow each other almost without interruption. Paddlers should have Class IV or better whitewater experience, and go with experienced guides who know the river.
Class VI (extreme) – Not commercially raftable. Considered “un-runnable” and have rarely been attempted due to their difficulty, unpredictability, and danger. This is the most dangerous class and should only be attempted by a team of experts.