LOWER KLAMATH RIVER, CALIFORNIA
MULTI-DAY RAFT TRIPS back to top
One of the "Top 10 family adventures of 2008" according to National Geographic Adventure Magazine, this rafting trip on the Klamath River is the ultimate family camping and rafting experience. The Lower Klamath River flows undammed for 184 miles from Irongate Reservoir near Interstate 5 all the way to the Pacific Ocean, making it one of the longest and largest freeflowing rivers in the West. It carries water that drains from five mountain ranges: the Cascades, Siskiyous, Marble, Trinity Alps, and Klamath. The Lower Klamath is a federally designated Wild & Scenic River.
This river has it all! Long lazy floats on sun-drenched days, seemingly endless stretches of heart-pounding Class III whitewater, remote tranquil campsites, secret waterfalls.....eagles, herons, otters, osprey, salmon, deer, beaver, trout, wildflowers, butterflies, and the occasional bear.....towering mountain views, echoing canyon walls, silent arboreal shade, quaint homestead farms, historic gold-mining towns, Native American ceremonial grounds.....YOU, floating along, taking it all in from the best seat on the river, many miles and light years away from those very things that make us need a vacation.
Rogue Klamath River Adventures (RKRA) can custom design a trip of any length on the Lower Klamath from one to eight days. You can choose a scenic float trip where you do nothing but tan and unwind as you drift languidly, the kids splashing in the calm water; or perhaps a string of days of rigorous whitewater, where your efforts as a paddling team mean the difference between success and swimming Exterminator rapid; or maybe you want to learn a new skill and paddle yourself in one of our stable Inflatable Kayaks under the watchful eye of our experienced guides. Or just maybe you want a taste of it all!
The Lower Klamath River is perfect for everyone: families, vacationers, church/school/youth groups, weekend getaways, thrillseekers, nature lovers, photo hounds and outdoor enthusiasts. The minimum age for children is age six (6); RKRA proudly accommodates disabilities and challenges of all types.
RKRA offers two methods of overnight camping on multi-day trips. "Downriver" style is the more traditional raft trip; all of the camp gear and personal belongings are loaded on a gear boat that is traveling with your group. Once you put in on the river you don't get off until your trip is over. The downriver style allows for more flexibility of where you stop and camp, provides a more remote wilderness experience, and gives a sense of independence and self-reliance. You can expect tasty riverside meals with an emphasis on grilling and Dutch oven wizardry; quality backpack style tent, bag, and pad sleeping gear; using a basic "groover" rafting toilet in the woods; and feeling completely removed from civilization. The disadvantages of this style are the limitations on what and how much we can carry, despite our best efforts things do get wet, and that in hot dry summers there may be a ban on campfires in remote camps.
The second method of overnight camping is a RKRA exclusive we call "Pamper the Camper". The Lower Klamath River has a string of US Forest Service campgrounds along Rte 96 which runs above the river canyon and periodically dips down to the river to provide boater access. "Pamper the Camper" utilizes these access points and campgrounds to provide a first class overnight experience by shuttling you off the river to your campsite where our camp host has already unloaded the packed gear truck, set up your cabin tent with cot, arranged an outfitters kitchen to die for, and started a crackling fire in the USFS fire ring surrounded by a circle of super comfy chairs. You'll be greeted by your personal (and dry!) gear, creative appetizers, a variety of libations, and an enclosed campground toilet. The bigger kitchen allows our chefs to prepare and present meals you will talk about for years, food paired with the very best wines offered in California and Oregon. You can relax with horseshoes or other games, fish with your own tackle, break out your cameras, or maybe play your precious musical instrument. With a truck and trailer, there is almost nothing we can't bring in to make you more comfortable or happy. This method also allows us to cherry pick sections of the river: "So you want to repeat yesterday's whitewater? Let's go!"
You have a mental picture of what you want your vacation and raft trip to be; the Lower Klamath River really is a river for all. Just tell us here at Rogue Klamath River Adventures what you want and we can make it happen on the Klamath!
PRICING back to top
For "Pamper the Camper", add $49 for the first night, $39 for each additional night.
WHY CHOOSE THE LOWER KLAMATH? back to top
CUSTOMER QUESTIONS back to top
Is this river suitable for children? YES!! RKRA will take children as young as 6 on our oarboats with parental supervision. Children 8 and above can ride in paddle only rafts, and kids 10 and above can play in the Inflatable Kayaks. The Klamath has so many different sections to choose from you really can customize the trip to the family. (Some customers may find another outfitter or two who are willing to take toddlers as young as three, but the general norm is six. For RKRA, this decision is based on both practical considerations -it's very hard to find satisfactory PFDs that fit small children and they don't want to wear them anyway-and experiential observations - small children rarely enjoy the river the way we think they will. Instead they spend their days fighting the confinement of the PFD and the raft; experiencing discomfort and insecurity due to strange places, things, and people; and sometimes distracting from the enjoyment for all guests. We want you and your family to join us, but we think it best you wait until they're a little older.)
What about the road (Klamath River Highway/ Rte 96)? Doesn't that take away from the wilderness experience? If you look at a map, Route 96 does indeed seem to run right next to the river. And in some limited areas it does. But for the most part, the road is either cut into the side of the mountains way above the river or it swings behind the ridges lining the river canyon, meaning paddlers cannot see or hear traffic, which due to the remoteness of the area, is minimal. Rafters on the river are only marginally aware the road even exists. Having said that, the road also has advantages:
WE HOPE WE SEE YOU ON THE RIVER!
Please Note: Trip prices do not include a 5% surcharge which covers all government use fees, permits, and outfitter licensing costs. This includes a 3% river use fee levied by the Bureau of Land Management and U.S Forest Service.
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