Whitewater rafting began as a form of punishment for misbehaving water, and although paddling proved ineffective at teaching waves algebra, it continues in many rivers to this day. Discipline a disobedient wave with today's Groupon: for $67, you get a half-day rafting trip and photo CD at Indigo Creek Outfitters (up to a $135 value).
Indigo Creek Outfitters launches rafters down the Rogue River on a family-friendly, wave-taming adventure. Throughout the 5-mile float, paddlers will encounter class I, II, and III rapids, culminating in two final class IV rapids at the end of the journey, known as Nugget Falls and Powerhouse, or alternately as Paddle Death Grip and Change of Pants. The gradual growth of the rapids gives beginners a way to learn as they go while intermediate rafters still bolster their mettle. Photos are snapped as adventurers navigate the final class IV rapids and battle nefarious sea monsters, and at the end of the trip, customers receive a CD containing 30–40 professional digital photos of their trek.
Trips depart at 8:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. daily from the River Center, which serves as a meeting location and retail shop, selling sunglasses, sunscreen, and other rafting essentials. Seafarers are asked to show up 15 minutes early for instruction and preparation and may want to arrive sooner to utilize the River Center's changing rooms and bathrooms. Although tuxedos bring an air of refinement to an explorer at sea, rafters are advised to wear sunglasses, a hat, and clothing that can get wet, such a swim trunks and a T-shirt or cape.
Indigo Creek Outfitters
Though Will Volpert founded Indigo Creek Outfitters in 2011, his river-touring experience began much earlier. As a kid, his parents ran an outfitting business in Salmon, Idaho, where salmon guides would stay with them for the summer. During six-day rafting trips, he learned the ways of river culture and fell in love with fishing and navigating rapids. Today, he shares his expertise with families of all experience levels, leading whitewater trips on the Rogue River and building custom vacations in Oregon and Idaho. For a bit of local flavor, the staff also organizes a tour dubbed the "Rogue Valley on Tap Brewery Tour ".