Rafters speed down the rampaging Rogue River

Will Volpert, Aaron Lieberman and Hunter Connolly say they're not crazy. They just wanted to experience the full force of the Rogue River, which raged at flood stage by the time they got done with their 4 1/2-hour express raft trip Saturday afternoon at Foster Bar near Agness.

It's typically a two- or three-day excursion in summer, covering 35 miles.

They even arrived before their shuttle driver, as they careened down the mocha-colored, frothing, log-laden mess of a...

more »
Surf City

Surf City

As last week's warm rains pounded Southern Oregon, Medford's Ryan Allred and his gonzo kayak buddies of yore kept a close eye on the Bear Creek stream gauges to see whether Medford would once again turn into Surf City.

The normally staid and largely polluted creek is usually not much of an attraction for world-class kayakers, whose main obstacles are drowned shopping carts and escaping without a case of Hepatitis C.

But when the water roars like it did Saturday, Bear Creek's...

more »
Whitewater cowboys

Whitewater cowboys

SUPs are the new whitewater fad on the upper Rogue River.
more »
Efficient paddling is not an accident

Efficient paddling is not an accident

Anyone can move a canoe, kayak or stand-up paddleboard over the water, but precious few have savored the joy of paddling efficiently.

When you see paddlers zigzagging up the Thorofare to Spokane's Upper Priest Lake, bumping into logs and frittering away calories, they probably don't have a clue that there's a better way.

Most of us figure we learned everything about paddling at summer camp when we were 9.

Even Brook Swanson had that mindset, to some degree.

"My...

more »
Wild Art

Wild Art

As a young kayaker taking part in first descents on North America's roughest whitewater rivers, Charlie Munsey would occasionally pause amid the fear of paddling into the unknown and sit in awe of the majesty around him.
more »
Kayak time

Kayak time

You've watched kayakers on the Rogue, flitting across the river like water striders, laughing and having a good time. One hot summer day, you say to yourself, "I want to do that, too."
more »
Float trip

Float trip

Floating the Rogue River can be a half-day outing to cool off on a hot day or a multiday excursion through remote canyons far from city life. You can paddle your own boat or row your own raft — if you have the skill — or pay someone to do the work for you.
more »
Click here to send us your story to be published in Oregon Outdoors