If you are looking for an unforgettable day trip from Ashland, consider rafting the Wild and Scenic Upper Klamath River! It is some of the most stunning and exciting whitewater action in the west and draws guests from all over the country – it’s one of those rare trips that first-timers love as well as world-traveling paddlers.
The Upper Klamath River is located just outside of Ashland; making it a perfect day trip. It offers the convenience of hotel pick-up and drop-off, and the ease of returning in time for dinner at one of Ashland’s many terrific local restaurants and a play at the world renowned Oregon Shakespeare Festival.
The trip begins with a scenic drive through the Cascade Mountain Range, featuring tremendous wilderness views of the valley and Pilot Rock, a famous natural landmark. Once on the river, visitors enjoy powerful vistas of steep forested canyons and ancient lava flows, along a gorgeous river corridor that was named Wild and Scenic to protect its wilderness value. It is an amazing way for Ashland visitors to connect with the outdoors!
The first 4 miles of milder whitewater are perfect for getting comfortable on the water, practicing paddling and enjoying the abundant wildlife and wilderness scenery. Then get ready for the Klamath River Canyon – over 7 miles of almost continuous action-packed whitewater with more than 30 rapids rating Class III to IV+, including two rapids each over a football field long! This is the most popular day trip from Ashland, the wettest Class IV trip in the country, in one of the most remote and historic river canyons in the west. This trip is all about the whitewater and wilderness experience!
Momentum River Expeditions is a local outfitter in Ashland that is well known for their small trips, their fresh organic meals and their amazing world-class guide staff. The Upper Klamath River is their signature Day Trip, and Owner/Guide Pete Wallstrom says “It’s fun and it’s addicting! The Upper Klamath River is one of the reasons that Momentum started here.”
Contacting Momentum River Expeditions:
Contact them at (541) 488-2525
Visit them online at www.MomentumRiverExpeditions.com
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Written by Rachel Shapiro