The seasoned head guide of Oregon River Excursions and the McKenzie River are worthy adversaries. Armed with 10 years of guiding experience and secure rafts, he leads groups down through portions of the river's churning rapids on full-day excursions. On trips, rafters come ashore for a fully catered lunch or to test whether their arms have turned into flippers yet.
The McKenzie River flows past some of Oregon's most awe-inspiring natural scenery—douglas fir–blanketed mountainsides, bald eagles diving to catch trout, and gargantuan boulders splitting the current into Class II and III rapids. Guides like Captain "Wild Matty" equip outdoorsmen with fly or spinning rigs and guide vistors on fishing trips on the McKenzie River, Siuslaw River, and Lake Creek to catch rainbow and cutthroat trout, spring- and fall-run chinook, and steelhead. The guides can also arrange lunch options for every outing, such as deli-style sandwiches, Wild West barbecue, or hot dogs on a hook.
Down the McKenzie River, the staff members of River Trail Guides steer rafts through Class II and III rapids, taking thrill seekers as young as aged 6 along for the ride. Full- and half-day trips float down up to 14.5 miles of churning river, splashing over gurgling rapids before rafters stop to eat lunch. The guides also offer river drift-boat fishing, wherein visitors cast their lines toward seasonal catches, such as trout, steelhead, and smallmouth bass.
N8TV Adventures offers four ways to glimpse ospreys, bald eagles, and deer in their natural habitat along the Deschutes River. Three of these methods involve boats: kayaks, whitewater rafts, and fishing boats, to be exact. The last mode of transportation puts adventurers up close to the water: river boarding, a sport that hails from Europe. River boards resemble surfboards that have been chopped in half. Riders hold the handles of the foam board and ride the river rapids much like they would atop a raft. N8TV Adventures' courteous guides, who are all trained in first aid and CPR, chaperone each trip, providing transportation from N8TV headquarters as well as optional snacks, should clients request them.