The federally protected Wild & Scenic
Upper Klamath river is the most fun and exciting whitewater
trip in Oregon . It is also one of the premiere rafting
trips in the entire world. The Upper Klamath is a great
for everyone from first timers to seasoned rafters. It
flows out of the Cascade Mountain range in Oregon and proceeds
17 miles, through a secluded canyon; ending at beautiful
Copco Lake in California. In these seventeen miles we descend
thru 40 plus rapids on the 1 day wilderness adventure,
and 80 plus rapids on the two day riverside campout. The
first five miles on the river will be spent in calm water
, which allows us to get comfortable in the raft, practice
paddling skills, and admire the beautiful scenery.
This warm up section is why the Upper Klamath is so great
for the first time rafters. The next seven miles are spent
in the mighty Hells Corner Gorge where we will encounter
a plethora of class four rapids. If
you want to see where the term White-Water came
from, this section of the Klamath is definitely for you;
cascading down Caldera rapids first, then thru; Ambush,
Gunsmoke, Hells Corner, and other classic rapids. You
will find yourself having the time of your life ! Next,
all the laughter and excitement the of the gorge section
passes behind us and we pull the rafts over in a beautiful
tree lined meadow, where we indulge on a gourmet picnic
lunch. The last five miles on the river are spent floating
through the rolling hills of California, where
you'll have time to work on a suntan, engage in friendly
water fights, swim thr ough some smaller rapids, or reflect
on the lifelong memories you and your loved ones will carry
away from this trip. On top of the great rafting, the
Upper Klamath trip has abundant wildlife, fascinating history,
great trout fishing, and the best scenic locations for
camping and picnic lunches.
wildlife includes: river
otters, muskrats, deer, bob cats and black bears, which
are consistently observed and photographed on our Upper
Klamath trips. The Klamath River is also located in the
Pacific Flyway; a major migratory route for a great variety
of birds, golden and bald eagles, ospreys, pelicans, green
and blue herons, and Canadian geese. There is also a great
deal of wild west and Native American
history in the area, which stems from the gold rush in
the mid 1800's. There is the abandoned hot springs resort
of Beswick, remnants of mining sites, and old wagon trail
ruts that are still visible along this journey. Our love
to share the history of the area with you in your rafts. Campfire
time, which is on the overnight trips, is also a great
time for little did
Above Copco Lake, the Klamath river is managed as a wild
trout fishery with rainbow trout up to 7 pounds that are
caught using flies and spinners.
Two Day Riverside Camping Trip:
is so much recreation and fun available on the Upper Klamath
trip it's hard to enjoy it all in 1 day. On our two day
trips we run different sections each day. On day one we
raft the first two sections of the river and return via
four wheel drive trail to a beautiful riverside meadow
camping at the historic ruins of Frain Ranch. The Frain
Ranch stop is where you can try your hand at catching those
great rainbow trout, throw some horse shoes, or just relax
in the sun. We ' ll take care of all the details ; from
setting up your tents to preparing your meals.
will begin with appetizers and a gourmet dinner of your
choice, which includes; wild ocean caught salmon, halibut,
or excellent marinated steaks on the barbecue, with fresh
vegetables and your choice of refreshments: local microbrews,
wine, milk or sodas. Top all of this of f with a delicious
fresh Marion berry or black berry cobbler. Then sit by
the campfire under the stars that tell stories and revel
in all the days' events.
You will a waken the next
day to the sounds of hotcakes on the griddle , served with
your choice of omelets, eggs any style , and bacon or sausage
topped off with trail coffee and a variety of fresh juices.
After breakfast we plunge through an exciting seven miles
of whitewater all over again. After we stop the rafts
by a beautiful meadow and eat lunch, which is prepared
with a variety of breads and cold cuts , at least three
different types of cheeses, and freshly cut fruits; the
rest of the rafting will bring with it a new section of
river that is spent floating through the rolling hills
of California. This section of river is
five miles of serene beauty and it is perfect for a sense
of closure to an illustrious trip. You'll have time
to work on a suntan, engage in friendly water fights, and
swim thr ough some smaller rapids, or reflect on the lifelong
memories you and your loved ones will carry away from this
All of us at
the Adventure Center look forward to seeing you and your
loved ones on the river especially the Upper Klamath:
our favorite rafting trip. This trip can also be combined
with our Lower Klamath trip for up to five days of rafting
Meeting place: All
Adventure Center trips depart from our convenient location
, which is located downtown on the plaza in Ashland.
Transportation will be provided to and from your hotel.
Long term parking is also provided for all overnight
Meeting & Return
day trips depart at 8 am , returning at 5:30 pm.
For all multi-day trips , departure time is 8 am
and return time is 5:30 pm. The return
time is flexible ! If need ed, you can come back
early; or, we can come back a couple hours
later in case you are having too much fun.
rating and age limit: The river rating consists
of class 2-4+ (minimum age 10, excellent trip for
first time rafters as well as families looking for
Length: One or two days, depending on whether you choose to
go with the overnight riverside campout or not . The
upper Klamath can also be combined with the Lower Klamath
for trips up to five days.
half-day trips come with a real continental breakfast
and a gourmet deli style lunch, including; cold cuts,
salad, fruits, veggies, chips and salsa, refreshments,
and a huge cookie. There are also options for vegetarians
and special requests at no extra cost. All Multi-day trips
come with the gourmet three course dinners, breakfasts,
Dinner is our specialty ! Some options
for dinner are grilled salmon, steaks, and Dutch oven cooked
meals. Dessert will consist of our famous Marion berry
or Black berry cobbler.
You will wake up to the sound
of hotcakes or French toast on the griddle and be posed
with your first crucial decision of the day. omelets, eggs
any style , and bacon or sausage topped off with trail
coffee and a variety of fresh juices.
For lunch we stop
the rafts by a beautiful meadow and have a variety of breads
and cold cuts with at least three different types of cheeses,
freshly cut fruits, and many different refreshments.
Adventure Center equipment is top of the line and is
provided for your comfort. Equipment includes great
tents, professionally laundered sleeping bags, comfortable
air mattresses for placement under your sleeping bag,
and waterproof bags & containers for your possessions.
We also provide wet suits, splash tops, and neoprene
booties for early or late season trips. All of our
rafts and boats are the best of quality, with excellent
maintenance that keeps them in top shape.
Guides & Staff: Anyone
who has taken an Adventure Center Trip can tell you
that our entire staff, from van drivers to guides,
is the best in the industry. Unlike other companies,
the Adventure Center has almost no employee turnover.
You will see the same charismatic professionals year
after year. This allows us to run all our rivers with
returning professionals and it assures that all of
the procedures are run smoothly. We have a guide
named Jerry who has navigated these same rivers for
25 years; that's the experience that other companies
talk of, but we let our faculty stand as the truth!
All guides are swift water certified, C.P.R and First
Aid certified, and undergo an intensive week long guide
camp on the powerful Class 5 Cal-Salmon and Scott rivers.
Our excellent employees are the reason we have repeat
customers or, as we like to call them, friends who
return year after year.
Upper Klamath Trip Prices:
(16 & under)
1 day wilderness
day riverside campout
3 days + lower Klamath
AAA, Family, Corporate and Group discounts available.
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