WHAT ARE ROGUE RIVER LODGE and CAMP TRIPS
Rogue River Lodge Trips, Camping Trips, or a Combination of the Two?
Camping on the Rogue River is an experience everyone should try at least once. With good weather, camping allows a true outdoor river experience. Morrison’s Rogue Wilderness guides set up camp, and take care of everything for you so that you have time to explore and relax. All of our rafting camping trips provide you with camping gear, which includes a sleeping bag with liner, air mattress, and tent. For an extra $200 per couple, a deluxe set up is available that includes a stand-up tent, cot, sleeping bag, and pillow.
After rafting between eight – ten miles a day your guide will bring you ashore where our gear boat has already arrived and set up camp. Most of the campsites on the Rogue River have numerous tent sites. When you arrive at camp you will choose your tent, grab your gear bag, and relax. Many campers are encouraged to sleep out under the stars. However, you are more than welcome to use the tents already set up for you.
In the afternoons when you arrive and get settled into camp you will have some time to explore, nap, read, fish, or play a few games. Your guides will be busy finishing set up for camp, making sure rafters are settled in, and start to prepare appetizers, and dinner. If we are camping on the right side of the river you will have access to the historic Rogue River Trail. Ask your guide for highlights on the trail and which direction you should go. It is also wise to check in with your guide and let them know you’re leaving camp and when you’ll be back.
Camping Bathrooms: By law, we are required to carry a portable toilet with us on the trip in the Rogue River Canyon. We set up the toilet in a private area that has a wonderful view. Your guides will make you aware of the toilet rules when in camp, and are there to make your toilet experience easier . The Rogue River Canyon has 13 toilets that are maintained by the Bureau of Land Management and US Forest Service. We try to camp near these toilets, though sometimes they are taken.
Our meals in camp on the Rogue are the best around, because our guides pride themselves on their culinary skills and produce some amazing meals. One unique cooking tool on river trips is a “dutch oven”. We cook cakes, enchiladas, and a bacon surprise; along with a variety of other meals using this cooking technique. Camping menus consists of homemade enchiladas, bbq chicken stir fry, and salmon and flat iron steaks. Breakfasts are eggs, bacon, pancakes, yogurt, granola and lots of coffee.
Many are curious about the camping trips and wonder “where do we take a shower?” Because you are on a river trip, you’ll be getting a shower every day from whitewater. All of our trips include a lot of swimming and feel that is the best way to stay clean up.
Rogue River Lodge Trips
There are five river lodges in the Rogue River canyon. These lodges are privately owned and operated. They work under a special permit with the government and supply a service to rafters, hikers, and anglers. The lodges are rustic, welcoming, and comfortable. The rooms and facilities are clean and warm, with linens and towels provided. Most bed options in the lodges are two single beds and a bathroom/shower in a private cabin. All meals are served family style in the dining room.
The lodges are off the grid for electricity so all power is based on diesel generators. Each night the generator will be shut off and cabins will not have power during the night. However, Marial Lodge offers electricity 24-hours. Please bring a flashlight to use the bathroom at night. Hairdryers, TVs, and DVD players are not allowed at the lodges. Also, there is no phone service at the lodges including cell phones.
Meals at the lodges are hearty and plentiful. The lodge staff cooks a variety of menu items, including spareribs, barbecued chicken, au gratin potatoes, and fresh biscuits. Breakfast consists of eggs, hash browns, French toast, bacon, and pancakes.
The historic lodges are a unique feature of the Rogue River Canyon and there is no other river like it in the world. There is a premium that you pay to use these lodges, and that reflects the price increase on our trip prices. These lodges are very remote, and most food and supplies are either jet-boated, 4-wheeled, or rafted in.
How do you choose which trip is best for you?
If you want to experience both options, then consider our camp lodge combo. Camp one or two nights and have your final night at Paradise Lodge. It is a wonderful trip that offers the camping experience, but gives you a great last night at Paradise Lodge.
Lodge Descriptions and Locations
Black Bar Lodge is the first lodge in the Wild and Scenic section of the Rogue River. At river mile 10, Black Bar is night number one on our lodge trips. Owned by John and Vanessa James, Black Bar features log cabins and a beautiful setting in the middle of the wilderness. With the capacity to hold up to 30 guests, a night at Black Bar is a welcome stop for many river users. Morrison’s Rogue Wilderness uses Black Bar lodge as our first night on hiking, rafting, and fishing trips. *Generators turn off at 10:00 pm.
Marial Lodge is the second lodge in the Rogue River Canyon. Located strategically at river mile 24 Marial Lodge is a popular stopping point before running Mule Creek Canyon and Blossom Bar. Owned by Pat and Lori Cameron, Marial Lodge offers great hospitality and wonderful home cooked meals. The Cameron’s have the reputation of welcoming you into their family for the evening, and truly show you what Rogue River hospitality is all about. Cozy cabins set in the forest are specific to the Marial experience. Morrison’s Rogue Wilderness Adventures uses Marial Lodge for hiking and fishing seasons. *Generators stay on all night
Paradise Lodge is our third Rogue River lodge in the canyon. At river mile 27, Paradise is right below the infamous rapid known as Blossom Bar. The largest lodge in the canyon offers a beautiful setting deep in the Rogue Canyon. Steep canyon walls and a ranch like setting make Paradise a favorite with all guests. Rich in history and comfortable rooms, Paradise will leave you wanting to come back for years to come. Owned by John and Cathy Schleining, Paradise should be a visit for all river guests, even if you’re not staying there. Morrison’s Rogue Wilderness uses Paradise Lodge for hiking, rafting, and fishing seasons. *Generators turn off at 10:00 pm.
Lucas Lodge is our only lodge on the “grid” on the Rogue River. Based in the historic town of Agness, Oregon, Lucas Lodge welcomes our weary anglers coming out of the Rogue River canyon with a great dinner and hospitality. Popular for their homemade meals of fried chicken, pot roast, soup, or tri-tip you will leave here very full. Lucas is our last lodge on fishing trips.
If you would like additional information about Rogue River Lodge or Camping Trips, please call Morrison’s Rogue Wilderness Adventures: 1-800-336-1647.