"White water rafting with 3/4 level rapids, the staff was very friendly and knowledgeable. Great time rafting the 'Nugget' with guide Bret." ~Roger from Santa Fe, NM
Nugget Falls Rafting Trip
(Class III, IV)
Half Day Rogue River Nugget Rafting Trip
Join us for a thrilling, class IV day on the river. On this unique whitewater tour you will experience a little of everything the Rogue River has to offer: calm pools, easy class 2 rapids, challenging class 3+ rapids, and a famous Class 4 waterfall drop-‘Ti’lomikh Falls’. There are many exciting splashes and rapids on this trip that guarantee to get you wet! This half day whitewater adventure is 7 miles of our beautiful Rogue River beginning at Fisher’s Ferry, ending at the Gold Hill Sports Park.
Half Day Nugget Rafting Trip
Ages 8 and up
(8-11 years old)
Minimum of 3 people to start the trip.
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Vacation Style Holiday Type
A golden “nugget” on a great river
(Class III, IV).
Nugget Stretch Overview
- Season: May 17th through Sept. 3rd.
- Rapid Level: Classes I-IV
- Trip meet time: 9:30AM or 12:45PM
- Days offered: Mon – Wed
- Not Included: Guide gratuity. Food.
- 2 hours on the water.
When the Gold Ray Dam on the Rogue River was removed in 2010 a whole new section of the river opened up. The Rogue now flows from Lost Creek Dam to the Pacific Ocean with not a single man-made obstacle standing in the way. As a result, the newly restored ecosystem in this unique watershed now boasts twists, turns, and drops that bring joy to rafters and fish alike.
The Rogue River flows 215 miles westward spawning from Crater Lake in the Cascade Range all the way to the Pacific Ocean at Gold Beach, Oregon. It flows through the Kalmiopsis Wilderness, where there are rock formations uplifted from the Earth’s mantle, rich history from Indian tribes that lived there, and early miners and fur trappers that settled there.
The Rogue River though famous for its whitewater, also offers a natural history, biology, geology, and ecology lesson. Our guides are knowledgeable and are educators of the river.
There is an abundance of birds such as Osprey, Herons, King Fishers, Eagles, and so many more who inhabit the Rogue River. You might even see salmon and steelhead swimming, jumping, and struggling to make it up and over Nugget and Powerhouse Falls. There are otters, black bears, beavers, and deer all along the river corridor, that if you are quiet enough you might be able to sneak up on.
The “Nugget” trip on the Rogue is a great way to spend a hot day on the river with a mix of relaxing floating and some added whitewater excitement.
What to Expect
AM HALF DAY NUGGET ROGUE RIVER RAFTING TRIP ITINERARY
9:30 AM – Meet at Gold Hill Sports Park (14745 OR-234, Gold Hill, OR 97525).
9:45 AM – Travel in Morrison’s Van to the Fisher’s Ferry Put-in.
10:00 AM – Personal Floatation Devices handed out, Safety Orientation, to the rapids!
11:45 AM – Ending back at Gold Hill Sports Park
PM HALF DAY NUGGET ROGUE RIVER RAFTING TRIP ITINERARY
12:45 PM – Meet at Gold Hill Sports Park (14745 OR-234, Gold Hill, OR 97525).
1:00 PM – Travel in Morrison’s Van to the Fisher’s Ferry Put-in.
1:15 PM – Personal Floatation Devices handed out, Safety Orientation, to the rapids!
2:45 PM – Ending back at Gold Hill Sports Park
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.