More About Rafting Trips

stack 'em up!   kataraft & tahiti fun
Although we no longer lead our own floats, we are happy to help direct you to what is best for you! There are many places to go rafting near Out'n'About in southern Oregon and northern California for all skill levels. The launch sites for many raft trips are from 30 minutes to an hour away from us. We have helped guide groups from 4 to 20 people, young and old down some of the most beautiful rivers in the world right here in our back yard.   Day trips in the summer when the water is warm and the sun is hot is ideal, but if you prefer more challenge or longer than a day trip, it can be arranged. Above we are on an easy stretch of the upper Illinois River. Some places the water is too low in summer for full size rafts, so we use Catrafts and inflatable Kayaks instead. Most local white water in the summer are class 1 and 2's, easy fun stuff for kids too!
calm stretch   michael on the smith
For people that want to just sit back and float down river with out paddling. We can hook you up with a guide who will row you down the nearby Klamath River, where rapids are class 1 and 2's (with one class 3+ to 4 depending on water level). The put in is 30 miles over the mountain from the Treesort at Happy Camp, California. If you want to float down non technical sections of just the open permit sections of the Rogue River we highly recommend Ferron's Fun Trips.   Kids need to be strong swimmers and at least teenagers for this stretch of the Illinois River above. We can use rafts or catrafts in April and May water levels. June and July levels we can use catrafts and inflatable kayaks. Rapids are class 1's, 2's and 3's.
over the falls   stuck on a rock!
The Lower Illinois River runs through a wilderness area and is rated a class 5.
Seasonal access by permit only! Usually best in the spring when the flows are still high enough and the weather is perfect.
  It is technical in places but not too dangerous in groups who can help one another. There is one particularly exciting stretch with drops and pools one after another. We had a betting pool going on this part of the river where everyone put in some money and the one that didn't flip won!
class five rapid   before the falls
The famous Illinois River Falls, a class 6 white water rapid. We have tried it three times at 500cfs (cubic feet per second). We were successful all three times, with nobody flipping or getting hurt two out of those three. The one very slight injury was a scraped knee when someone went over the side for an unexpected swim, but they still want to do it again!   You must be well experienced for the upper and more technical sections of this river, it is a good idea to have insurance and be willing to sign away all and any rights to sue any guide if anything goes bad, sorry. Although everyone who has done this river says it's way worth it and is a very minor consideration.
down a chute  

after a rush

This time we made it without losing anyone over the side or getting the slightest scratch, what a rush!

We also have locally the upper section of the Middle Fork of the Smith River, a class 5 river at higher water. We mostly float it in July and August when the water is lower and warmer. On the lower Smith non-technical section we can float right through some magnificent protected old growth redwood groves. Incredible beauty that must be seen to be believed!