Why White Water Warehouse?
Let's review what makes the Whitewater Warehouse team so different:
When selecting the right rafting, kayaking and hiking outfitter, you want to make sure the companies you are researching are listening to you and interested in creating the best vacation experience for you and your family. The staff at Whitewater Warehouse pride themselves on learning a bit about you and offering you ideas that will best suit YOUR needs.
Whitewater Warehouse owners, Betsy Bowen and Peter Grubb have been in the whitewater rafting and adventure travel business since 1979! When Bob Meister, the founder of Whitewater Warehouse was ready to retire, he wanted to find someone who would be as dedicated to quality as he was during his 27 years at the helm. In late 2010 he and his wife Joy Henkle proudly handed over the reins to Betsy and Peter (owners of ROW Adventures) who now carry on the fine tradition and reputation that Whitewater Warehouse has earned through years of providing the best Rogue River trips possible.
Ever call or email a business and you never hear back from them? Not here at Whitewater Warehouse! We pride ourselves on promptly getting back to you and making sure that you know that you are the reason we exist. No detail is too small, no question too quirky for us. We love our guests and we love to talk to them!
Focus on quality:
We care deeply about your river experience with us. We have such an attention to detail that we even purchase the hazelnuts we serve on our trips from local farmers and wines from local vintners! Same goes for all our fruits and vegetables. Beyond healthy food, we aim to provide a multi-faceted experience for you on the Rogue, with time to play, laugh and learn. Our guides are trained in "interpretation" meaning they have the ability to tell you engaging stories of the Rogue River's rich cultural and natural history. The Rogue Canyon is a place that has no end of things to discover. On your Rogue River trip you will visit as many points of interest as we have time for. This might include the homestead cabins at Whiskey Creek where you'll learn about the early gold mining in the area or the Rogue River Ranch where you'll see first-hand how early settlers lived. We stop at Zane Grey's cabin and read from one of his books (if you don't know, Zane Grey invented the literary genre of the "Western".") We hike and splash our way up enchanting side creeks and explore other hidden nooks and crannies of the Rogue River. When you choose to raft or hike the Rogue River Canyon with Whitewater Warehouse rest assured you'll have the most life-enriching experience possible.
Location, location, location:
The Rogue River is one of only eight rivers that was designated in 1968 as one of the original "Wild & Scenic Rivers" under the Wild & Scenic Rivers Act. This designation recognizes the outstanding qualities of the Rogue and protects the river from any hydro development or changes that would compromise its scenic beauty. With Crater Lake National Park to the northeast and Redwoods National Park to the southwest, the Rogue is the perfect destination for your next vacation. Our base of operation, just 15 minutes from the actual launch point of our trips, is located right on the river. We meet you the evening before your trip, so in many ways your river experience has already started before we're even rafting or hiking.
Our guides are known on the Rogue River among other guides and outfitters as being professional, friendly and highly qualified. They are masters at bringing a group together to foster a spirit of friendship and discovery. Most of our guides have been professional whitewater rafting guides for at least five years and many have guided for over 10 or 20 years. We require our guides to have completed a minimum 36-hour training course in Wilderness First Aid. Many choose to exceed this and become "Wilderness First Responders", an outstanding certification that requires over 70 hours of class time. We also expect our guides to excel in their knowledge of the natural and cultural history of the Rogue River canyon. Every spring we offer them specific training in what is called "Interpretation" and many are "Certified Interpretive Guides" through the National Association of Interpretation. This third-party certification means that our Rogue River guides have taken a 32-hour class in how to present natural and cultural history in a way that is relevant to you and your life. No other company puts such a strong emphasis on making sure that your Rogue River trip is fully engaging and sure to leave you with a meaningful appreciation of the canyon and all its many facets.
We are fortunate to have two large charter groups that have been traveling on the Rogue River with us for the entire time we've been in business (over 28 years)! We have several smaller groups that have traveled with us for over 20 years. We think customers tell it best so check out our testimonial page for comments about White Water Warehouse, in their own words, from our valued guests.