More than a dozen outfitters guide white-water rafting trips along the Rogue River in and around Grants Pass. In fact, this stretch of Class III rapids ranks among the best in the West. The rafting season lasts from about July through August and often into September, and the stretch of river running south from Grants Pass, with some 80 frothy rapids, is exciting but not treacherous, making it ideal for novices, families, and others looking simply to give this enthralling activity a try.
Orange Torpedo Trips. One of the most reliable operators on the Rogue River offers half-day to several-day trips, as well as relaxed dinner-and-wine float trips along a calmer stretch of river. Klamath and North Umpqua river trips are also available. 210 Merlin Rd., Merlin, Oregon, 97532. 541/479–5061; 800/635–2925; www.orangetorpedo.com. From $49.
Morrisons Rogue Wilderness Adventures. If you're up for an adventure that combines rafting with overnight accommodations, consider booking one of these exciting excursions that run along a 34-mile stretch of the Rogue River. They last for four days and three nights, with options for both lodge and camping stays along the way. Half- and full-day trips are also available. 8500 Galice Rd., Merlin, Oregon, 97532. 800/336–1647; 541/476–3825; www.rogueriverraft.com. From $65.