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Rogue River Float Trip

Grants Pass
Juvenile Steelhead
Ideal For
All Anglers
An Adventurous Float Trip Down Oregon's Rogue River
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The Helfrich family is literally etched into the history of modern drift boat design and running the classified rivers of the northwest. Tight Lines has been family owned and operated since 1925 and is currently owned by Jeff Helfrich. Jeff has assembled a crew of true river masters – some of the most professional drift boat oarsmen known in the northwest! Jeff and Tight Lines operate a multi-night trip down a 42-mile stretch of the Wild and Scenic section of the Rogue River in the coastal mountains of Oregon. On a trip down the Rogue River, you will experience breathtaking class 3 and 4 rapids, beautiful scenery, and typically cooperative fish! You will spend 3 nights in perfectly situated wilderness lodges and 4 days on the river. The main focus of the fishing is for the ‘Half Pounder’ (juvenile steelhead). The Rogue River trip with Tight Lines is ideal for groups, families, and fly anglers of all skill levels!
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Lodging Details
Each night on the Rogue River trip you stay at a different riverside wilderness lodge. They are nothing super fancy, but offer clean and comfortable beds, hot showers, and great food!

Night #1 – Black Bar Lodge
Black Bar Lodge was named after gold miner William Black. Black was murdered near this property, put into his boat, and shoved off down the river. The mining claim here dates back to the late 1800s and the property was actively mined until the early 1930s. Miners built the lodge in 1932 and are currently used as a stopover by anglers and other river enthusiasts. Each cabin has two twin beds in clean and comfortable rooms, with hot showers and breakfast and dinner cooked and served by the Tightlines Staff!

Night #2 – Marial Lodge
The lodge and the community of Marial were named after the first proprietress of the lodge, Marial Billings Akesson. Marial was raised on the river and operated Marial Lodge until 1967. The lodge now accommodates hikers in the spring, rafters through the summer, and commercial fishing trips in the fall. The lodge has always been known for its good old-fashion family hospitality and there are usually some other guests to add to the social setting! Each of the lodging units has two twin beds and family-style breakfast and dinner are served in the main lodge

Night #3 – Illahe Lodge
Illahe Lodge is a fourth-generation family business that has been providing lodging with meals to people visiting Oregon’s Rogue River since 1942. The lodge grows much of the produce that is served in their large garden and orchards. Lodging is in a variety of room configurations and there are double beds available! Dinner is typically a Thanksgiving-style feast with eggs to order in the morning!

Food and Beverages
All meals are home-cooked, western cuisine, and served family-style. Breakfast and dinner are served in the dining room at each lodge and lunch is on the water with your guide. The Tight Lines staff typically does the meals on the first night at Black Bar Lodge.

Lunches on the Rogue River are a memorable experience, featuring fresh-caught hatchery steelhead or salmon broiled over hardwood coals along with a selection of fresh salads. Breakfasts and dinners are served at the comfortable wilderness lodges we stop at each of the three nights along the river.

Non-Angling Activities and Options
The whitewater is certainly adventurous and the trip is very popular with non-anglers! The scenery and wildlife viewing opportunities are endless makings for great photography! There are also several trails in the canyon for hiking.

Internet / Communications
There is no internet or cell phone service while in the Canyon and no telephones are accessible until the third night at Illahe Lodge. The Tight Lines staff does carry a satellite phone for emergencies.

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