Oregon’s newest whitewater rafting company, Ashland-based Indigo Creek Outfitters, announced yesterday that their opening day for the 2011 whitewater season is scheduled for Saturday, April 16th. “It’s going to be a great season on the Rogue River and we are very excited to begin operations,” commented Indigo Creek Outfitters’ owner and founder, Will Volpert.
Indigo Creek Outfitters, which takes its name from a large creek deep within Southern Oregon’s Kalmiopsis Wilderness Area, offers half-day whitewater rafting trips on the Rogue River near Gold Hill. The section of river, known to many as the Nugget-Powerhouse stretch, offers the closest rafting to Ashland, Oregon. From our River Center in downtown Ashland, it really could not be more convenient, says Volpert, who has been involved in the whitewater rafting industry for over a decade.
At a time when businesses are struggling in a down economy, the new start-up will certainly face its share of challenges in its first year. “We’re new in town but still feel confident that we can draw customers,” Volpert said. “The outfitters on this stretch of river provide a very high quality experience that’s not an issue – it’s a good group to be a part of. You could go with any of these guys and have a great time. What we are shooting for is a different style of trip and, with our River Center, we can provide a few services no one else can match.”
The River Center, located at 130 A Street in Ashland, Oregon, serves as a retail store and meeting site for the trips. “We have items available that make a rafting trip a breeze,” says Dana Woodruff, who manages the River Center. “From sun block to sunglass Chums, we’ve built a one-stop-shop for your rafting trip.”
Indigo Creek Outfitters is also the only Rogue River outfitter to offer digital professional photographs to their customers. When customers return from their trip, photographs taken of their raft running Nugget and Powerhouse Rapids will be on display in our store, explains Woodruff. It’s a service that, according to both Woodruff and Volpert, has been very popular on other rafting trips but has yet to be offered on the Rogue River.
For those interested in learning more about the new start-up, visit them during their Open House on March 31st at 5:00 p.m. Additional information can be found on their website at http://www.IndigoCreekOutfitters.com.