Where are you?
Merlin, Oregon is your classic Oregon logging town just outside of Grants Pass, Oregon. We’re four hours south of Portland, Oregon or six hours north of San Francisco. Merlin, is just four miles off of Interstate 5. Closest airport is Jackson County/Medford, Oregon airport. Our offices are in Merlin, which is the last place you can buy cold beer or where your cell phone will work before you head to the river.
How do you get to your
From I-5 North: Get off at exit
61. Follow the off ramp until you get to the stoplight.
Turn to your left and follow the road (Merlin-Galice
Rd) out for about 3 ½ miles. You will come
to a little town called Merlin. You will follow
the road through the town until you get almost
to the end of it. We are on the left hand side
(325 Merlin-Galice Rd.). Rogue Wilderness is a
two story, green building, and we are directly
across the street from the Backroad Grill.
From I-5 South: Get off at exit
61. At the end of the off ramp turn to your left
and follow the road (Merlin-Galice Rd) out for
about 3½ miles. You will come to a little
town called Merlin. You will follow the road through
the town until you get almost to the end of it.
We are on the left hand side (325 Merlin-Galice
Rd.). Rogue Wilderness is a two story, green building,
and we are directly across the street from the
How high are the rapids ranked?
Rapids are classed on a scale from 1 to 6. The Rogue River is rated Class III, which is moderate. Our day section is mostly Class I and II’s, the multi day section is has 18 class III’s, two IV’s and one V which all guided trips walk around.
What happens if you need to go to the bathroom?
We hope you have a strong bladder. Sorry, no bathrooms for days… just kidding.
The day section of the Rogue River has a bathroom that the BLM manages almost every 30 minutes.
On the Wild and Scenic Section, the lodges have bathrooms, and many of the places we camp have outhouses, but in case an outhouse isn't available, we carry a porta-potty. There are 17 toilets available to rafters in the canyon. We make sure you have a bathroom available at all stops.
What do we wear?
Dressing safely and comfortably (not to mention fashionable) for river trips is a challenging task. It is very important and should not be taken lightly. For much of the season, you will need two sets of clothing: one for on the river and one for camp or lodge. During the day shorts, swimsuit, water sandals, hat and sunglasses are best. Sun protection is always a priority. There is no shade on the river.
What do we bring?
When you book a trip we will send out an itinerary on what you need to bring. You can also find it on our Itinerary and Gear List page.
Do you serve alcohol on the trips?
We do not provide alcohol. You are welcome to bring alcohol with you on the trips. For the multiple day trips we provide a cooler for you to store any extra drink that you would like to bring. Beer and wine are available from the market up the street from our store.
Do you provide drinks?
We serve water and juice on our trips. You are responsible to bring anything else that you would like to have.
What kind of food do you serve?
We do a picnic style lunch that include healthy light meals ideal for river trips. On our multiple day trips, the lodges will provide dinner and breakfast for the lodge trips, and our guides will turn into gourmet cooks for the camp trips. They will cook anything from bbq chicken to fajitas to stir fry to salmon and steak. They follow it up with a dessert like strawberry shortcake, chocolate cake, or cheesecake. If you have any kind of dietary specifications, please let us know so we can accommodate.
What lodges do we stay at on the river?
Depends on the trip. We use Black Bar, Marial and Paradise.
Where is a good place to stay the night before the trip?
All of these properties are within 10 minutes of the RWA office.
»The Lodge at Riverside (541)955-0600 (about $175)
www.thelodgeatriverside.com **RWA Discount **
»Riverside Inn (541)476-6873 (about $125)
www.riverside-inn.com **RWA Discount **
»Holiday Inn Express (541)471-6144 (about $105)
»Shilo Inn (541) 479-8391 (about $90)
»La Quinta (541) 472-1808 (about $75)
Indian Mary, Griffin Park, and Almeda Park all take reservations. For reservations call 1-800-452-5687 or visit
Bed & Breakfasts/Lodges
»Weasku Inn (541)471-8000 (about $195)
www.weasku.com **RWA Discount **
»Morrison’s Lodge (800)826-1963 (about $140/person)
»Double Tree Guest Ranch (541)416-0120 (about $145 )
If you have any questions about our trips, please call our offices 7 days a week at 1-800-336-1647. Our friendly office staff is glad to answer any questions about our trips or visiting the great state of Oregon.