Indigo Creek Outfitters
Whitewater Rafting in Oregon
130 ‘A’ Street #2B
Phone: (541) 203-0222
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Who we are:
History: Over 40 Years of Smiles ☺
Indigo Creek Outfitters is a rafting, tour, and adventure vacation company based out of Ashland, Oregon. We specialize in running phenomenal half-day and full-day whitewater rafting trips on Southern Oregon’s beautiful Rogue and Upper Klamath rivers, leading fun and interactive tours of our local breweries and eateries, and building customized multi-day outdoor adventure vacations that everyone enjoys. We are professional, family-friendly, and enthusiastic to share the Indigo Creek experience.
Whitewater: in our blood since 1972. A family tradition lives on. Indigo Creek Outfitters is the culmination of over 40-years of outfitting history with the Volpert family. Will Volpert went on his first rafting trip in 1986. He was only 6-months-old at the time, but his countless days on the river as a kid, swamper, and guide have helped Indigo Creek become what it is today. His parents, Bob and Mary, have outfitted river trips since 1972.
Why Choose Indigo Creek Outfitters?
We realize that there are many different river trip options and outfitters for you to choose from. We hope that no matter where you decide to float, and no matter who it is with, you will have a great time. The outfitters that are based in Ashland, Oregon all provide tremendous service with great guides and staff. We are proud to be part of this river community.
Here are a few great reasons to choose Indigo Creek Outfitters as your Ashland, Oregon rafting, tour, and vacation company:
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TripAdvisor Traveler Rating: 5.0 of 5 stars
Based on 31 traveler reviews
TripAdvisor Popularity Index: #3 of 20 activities in Ashland
Pictures – guaranteed
We guarantee you will have access to photos within 10 minutes of returning from your trip. We are the only BLM-permitted Rogue River outfitter to offer photographs of your rafting trip. Our photos are high quality digital files. Once you purchase them, you can use them however you would like.
Our crew is fun, happy and family friendly. We are 100% tobacco free and love rafting with kids.
We’re easy to find
Your trip meets at our Rafting Center in Ashland, located at 130 A Street, just two blocks from downtown Ashland.
We save driving time by having participants meet at our Rafting Center. When you choose another outfitter, they may provide a pick-up service, but you can expect to drive around town picking others up (and dropping them off at the end of the trip) for up to 30 minutes. And that’s if everyone is on time. That is a waste of time for you and, even worse, means less time on the river.
Comfort from the start
Our Rafting Center has changing rooms and bathrooms, which makes preparing for your trip easy and comfortable. Going with a different outfitter means you may need to change at the river, where there aren’t these amenities.
Ask around and you’ll find that locals recommend Indigo Creek Outfitters more than any other outfitter.
No extra charges
Need a wetsuit, booties, or a splash jacket? We provide everything you need to go rafting free of charge.
No problem. You will find all of the items that make a rafting trip easy in one simple location – our Rafting Center. Forgot sunblock? We’ve got it. Our goal is to make your trip as easy as possible for you.
Security for your personal items
Instead of leaving your valuables (cell phone, wallet, keys, etc.) inside your vehicle, we provide a safe place to lock your items inside our office while you are out on your trip.
You park free at our Ashland Rafting Center while you are out rafting with us. We are conveniently located two blocks from downtown Ashland.
Our trips are spectacular – but don’t take our word for it. Read what other people have to say about their experience with Indigo Creek.
Every one of our guides has a college education with degrees related to the outdoor industry. We support local education through donations, scholarships, and guests-speaking appearances at Southern Oregon University.
Half Day: Rogue River Rafting Trips:
Our half-day Rogue River rafting trips offer the closest rafting to Ashland, Oregon. Perfect for beginners or groups of mixed experience levels, this trip is our most popular excursion.
We run two trips per day: a morning trip that meets at 8:15 a.m. and an afternoon trip that meets at 1:15 p.m. These are family-friendly trips and are suitable for ages 8 and up. All of our trips depart from our Rafting Center, located at 130 A Street, Ashland, Oregon.
The section of river that we run is known as the “Nugget-Powerhouse” stretch and is named after the two largest rapids. For families or groups of mixed rafting experience, this stretch of river is absolutely perfect. It starts mellow and builds up slowly until the two grand finales: Nugget Falls and Powerhouse Rapid. Between the start and finish there are calm places to practice paddling and sitting in the raft, there are surf waves that are fun to play in, and there are class II and III rapids that keep things interesting. At the very end, almost like the final act of a Shakespeare play, are the two biggest rapids.
Our rafting ends at the Sports Park in Gold Hill, Oregon. From there it is about a 30 minute drive back our Rafting Center. Our morning trips are generally back by 12:15 (12:30 at the very latest) and our afternoon trips are normally back by 5:15 (5:30 at the very latest).
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Full Day: Rogue River:
We offer full-day Rogue River rafting trips for groups of 18 or more. Reservations should be made well in advance. Full-day trips meet at 9:00 a.m. at our Rafting Center and return between 5:00 and 5:30 p.m.
Our full-day rafting trips on the Rogue River take our guests through a section of the river that only recently has been open for rafting. Gold Ray dam used to blocked passage between Touvelle State Park and Fisher’s Ferry (the access point used for our Rogue River half-day trips). The dam was removed in August of 2010, and since then boaters have enjoyed a beautiful section of river that flows along the base of Lower Table Rock.
The first half of the trip offers beautiful views of Upper and Lower Table Rock. The float to lunch is relaxing and calm, a nice way to start the day. After lunch, we’ll float along the base of Lower Table Rock before passing by the former Gold Ray dam site.
The whitewater begins to pick-up as we enter the “Nugget-Powerhouse” stretch of the Rogue River. This is where our popular half-day rafting trips launch. Rapids like Romeo Riffle, the Squeeze, Short Round, and Leyman’s will warm us up for the two largest rapids of the run: Nugget Falls and Powerhouse. Along the way we’ll stop and “surf”, get soaked, and enjoy the beauty of the Rogue River.
Full-day Rogue River rafting trips meet at our Rafting Center at 9:00 a.m. and return to Ashland between 5:00 and 5:30. An organic, delicious, and healthy lunch is provided.
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Full Day: Upper Klamath:
With big waves, dramatic drops, and spectacular scenery, the Upper Klamath River is the ultimate full-day whitewater rafting trip in Oregon.
Mile for mile, no other full-day rafting trip in Oregon compares to the Upper Klamath. This 14 mile rafting trip features awe-inspiring Class IV+ rapids and continuous Class IV whitewater framed by spectacular canyon scenery and history-rich lands. Space is limited and trips fill early.
The serious ‘I-can’t-believe-we-are-here’ moment comes mid-run at the back-to-back Satan’s Gate and Hell’s Corner doubleheader: a twisting ride through a raging current followed by an enormous drop emptying into a maze of boulders and waves – continuing around the corner as far as the eye can see.
The Upper Klamath offers paddlers a beautiful stretch of river that is less than two hours from Ashland, Oregon. The stretch starts off with a handful of Class II and III rapids as a warm-up. The first large rapid of the trip, Caldera, is where the nature of the run changes dramatically and goes from a tame meandering river to an impressive stretch of continuous class IV whitewater punctuated by a few noticeable class IV+ drops. From Caldera to Stateline Falls, the whitewater is non-stop. For those looking for a great full-day adventure that is fun and action-packed the Upper Klamath may be your trip of choice.
Due to the active nature of this run, Upper Klamath trip participants should be in good physical shape and ready for a full day of paddling. Trips meet at our Rafting Center at 8:30 a.m. and return to Ashland around 5:30 p.m. Breakfast and lunch are provided, as well as any paddling gear you need for the day (wetsuits, splash jackets, booties, lifejackets, and helmets).
The minimum age for our Upper Klamath rafting trips is 12 years old. Trips are offered every day of the week except Wednesdays. Reservations must be made in advance and are held with a $95.00 deposit per person.
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Adventure Vacations with Indigo Creek Outfitters:
We are happy to help you book a trip on some of the most well-known rafting destinations in the world. We are a booking agent for companies that are committed to the same quality experience you will find at Indigo Creek Outfitters. From fly fishing on Idaho’s Middle Fork of the Salmon to running Oregon’s famous Lower Rogue, we can get you in the boat.
For trips in Idaho we book through Idaho River Journeys, owned and operated by Bob Volpert and Mary Papale (Will’s parents). River trips on the Lower Rogue are booked through Rogue River Journeys, an outfit dedicated to phenomenal service. They run great trips and our guides typically work a few trips each year with their crew.
We chose these three stretches of river to offer to our customers because they are tremendous trips. All three rivers are designated “Wild & Scenic” and they all float through remote wilderness areas. Please call us at (541) 203-0222 to book one of these trips – you won’t regret it.
Indigo Creek Outfitters – Rafting Trips on Southern Oregon’s Rogue River
Indigo Creek Outfitters – Great Rafting Trip on the Rogue River – July 8, 2012
Indigo Creek Outfitters – Natural Bridge, Upper Rogue River – August 28, 2011