ABOUT US

It’s a New Era of Adventure on the Rogue River! After 43 years of operating on the Wild and Scenic Rogue River as Rogue Wilderness Adventures, Morrison’s Lodge merged the two companies in 2016. This is an exciting merger of two of the top companies on the Rogue River. We are now known as Morrison’s Rogue Wilderness Adventures and and look forward to sharing the amazing Rogue River with you year after year. Morrison’s Rogue River Lodge has been in operation since 1964 by the Hanton family and they continue to share an amazing lodging experience at the premiere destination on the Rogue River.

Professional River Guides Our promise to you is to provide an exciting, fun and unique river adventure in the beautiful Wild and Scenic Rogue River Canyon. Our guides are certified in First Aid and CPR. Our hiking, fishing and rafting trips are designed to give you a thrilling, relaxing and fun experience in the wilds of Oregon. After a trip with Morrison’s Rogue Wilderness Adventures, you will want to visit us year after year for another adventure on the Rogue River.

There’s a World of Incredible Adventure on the Rogue River in Oregon – You Will Find it with Morrison’s Rogue Wilderness Adventures!

Interested in working on the Rogue River?  Send us your resume.

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Our Guides

Taylor BuchananTaylor Buchanan – Guide & General Manager
Taylor Buchanan Combs is the General Manager at Rogue Wilderness Adventures. She has been a professional river guide for 14 years and has commercially guided on over 15 rivers in 5 different countries. She has also worked as a professional travel guide across the world with various responsibilities such as leading sea kayaking expeditions into Northern Patagonia and guiding zip line and backpacking trips through the jungles of Costa Rica.  On the Rogue, in between daily boat wrestling matches and extreme river yoga, you can find Taylor on the side of the river sipping a glass of Serra Vineyards Rosé. Taylor is proud and excited to call MRWA her home.

John LeistnerJohn Leistner – Guide
John was born in Oberlin, Ohio, and is eternally grateful to his parents for moving to Oregon when he was 8 years old. 2016 is his 30th year as a river guide, and his 10th year with Morrison’s. In his 20’s, he fell under the spell of the ocean, working for 4 years as a deckhand on shrimp and black cod boats from Morro Bay, California to Kodiak, Alaska. Two years in, he got the chance to do a couple of raft trips in Canada and SE Oregon. Then he was hooked on freshwater too! After a couple more years of fishing (and rafting when he could), the freshwater won! So in 1981 he took a job as a river guide, and never looked back. In 1985 he guided his first trip on the Rogue, and knew he’d found his home.

Though he’s guided all over Oregon and northern California, and rafted rivers from Alaska to the Grand Canyon, John now works only on the Rogue because it’s truly his favorite place on the planet! John has a theatre degree from the University of Oregon, and spent two years as an actor with the Oregon Shakespeare Festival in Ashland (where he’s lived for the past 27 years). He’s also performed at a handful of other theatres from Alaska to Oregon, most recently in “Ring of Fire” (about Johnny Cash) at the Oregon Cabaret Theatre in Ashland. He loves to play guitar and sing after dinner on the river.

russell-heardRussell Heard – Guide
Having spent most of his life around the water and after 8 years in the US Coast Guard, Russell moved to the Rogue Valley in ’95 and eventually started kayaking and rafting the local rivers in 2001.  Russell started guiding in 2006 starting with ½ day trips and working up to his ultimate goal of guiding multi day trips on the Wild and Scenic section of the Lower Rogue.  You can often find Russell taking in the river, cooking up some good eats or playing his guitar.  Go ahead and ask him some questions about the local history, he may even remember some of it.

eric-john-jacobsEric John Jacobs – Guide
Originally a Cheesehead from Green Bay, WI, Eric has now found a home on the West Coast after a few years of migrating. Coming from a family of raft guides, it was only a matter of time until he followed suit three years ago.  His sister, Cory, is a fellow Morrison’s Rogue Wilderness Adventures guide.  Fascinated by all things food (growing, cooking, nutrition, eating, composting) he spends his time off the river traveling the globe to discover new ways of engaging with it. This past winter was spent helping run a food truck in Lake Tahoe and most recently returning from a two month permaculture project in the mountains of Costa Rica.

joey-rusconiJoey Rusconi – Guide
Born and raised in Grants Pass Oregon, Joey has been boating the Rogue and exploring the western United States for the past 30 years, “Living the Dream”. Living in Oregon, California, Alaska, and Utah, he has been fortunate enough to explore many different amazing rivers, but no matter where he visits, the Rogue will always be home.

Interested in working on the Rogue River?  Send us your resume.

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