Upper Klamath Rafting Safari

This year (2023) is the last year for the Upper Klamath because the dams are scheduled to be removed early next year. Our plan is to have another Upper Klamath trip at some point, but we’ll have to see what the river does when it runs unencumbered. We are only running trips through Labor Day weekend this season. After that, the river will be closed.

The Upper Klamath has a high desert, old west character. There is a pioneer flavor with the canyon dotted with Native American and frontier relics, rapid names straight out of a western, and a ride along an old stage coach track that winds through remote pine forests and beautiful meadows.

The river has three different sections and begins with a fun class-III warm-up. This first stretch makes the Upper Klamath a recommended rafting trip for first-timers or experts in good health. There is plenty of opportunity to learn the finer points of river running before dropping into section two where the canyon constricts, the river drops out of sight, and things completely take off. Get ready for one of the most action-packed sections of river anywhere.

Join us for three days of big whitewater, lots of activity options, a beautiful canyon, and a unique and very comfortable night at our safari style backcountry base camp. It’s a quick, active, and comfortable wilderness escape – away from wifi, cell phone chatter, and hectic daily schedules.

Please Note: This trip can be very active or more relaxed – it’s up to you! It is perfect for experienced to first time paddlers, and for those who find regular camping not to be their cup of tea! However, all guests need to be in reasonable physical condition for the whitewater rafting section and for a short, but steep, 150 yard hike on day two. If you have any questions or concerns, please give us a call or an email.

Day 1:
Getting there, big whitewater, and camp…

We pick guests up at their hotel in Ashland between 8 and 9 in the morning and head up the edge of where the Cascades meet the Siskiyou’s to the “put-in” at the Spring Island boat launch. We will have a continental breakfast while the guides are getting the boats ready and do a short safety and orientation talk. After that we hop into the boats and begin the trip downriver.

The Upper Klamath begins with a fun class-III warm-up stretch which makes it a recommended rafting trip for first-timers or experts in good health. After about 3 miles of warm up the canyon constricts, the river drops out of sight, and we enter the famous “Hells Corner” section of the canyon – beginning with a 150 yard rapid known as ‘Caldera’. There are very few stretches of summer whitewater like it. Somewhere in the canyon we will pull over for a big lunch.

In the afternoon we will pull into our comfortable riverside Upper Klamath Bush Camp. The afternoon and evening can be spent hiking, fly-fishing, playing games in the sun, or just hanging out. We will serve appetizers, a big dinner, and desert.
Day 2:
Mountain biking or Hiking, Big Whitewater, & Inflatable Kayaking…

Day 1 was a big day, but for those interested day 2 can be even bigger. If you choose you can mountain bike or run, raft, and inflatable kayak. After a hearty breakfast and plenty of time for a second cup of coffee we will leave base camp and guests will have a number of options. We have a short journey along a narrow old dirt stage coach road that winds through remote pine forests, meadows and the old west ruins of a time in the not-so-distant past. You have a choice of a 6 mile mountain bike ride (or run) or a short (but bumpy) drive. The track is rolling, but does not include any significant climbs.

The track will drop us off by the rafts and at the top of Caldera Rapid – the first major rapid of the run. We will run the big continues class IV+ section again and stop for lunch. After passing camp and exiting the canyon guests will have the choice of staying in a raft or jumping in an inflatable kayak and running whitewater under their own guidance. The last section is class II+ (class III+ in the kayaks) and quickly flows through a more open canyon. For many this can be the most exciting and memorable section of the trip.

We finish the trip on the California side of the Siskiyou’s and return to Ashland around 6 in the afternoon.

PLEASE NOTE: guests may need to be physically able to walk up a steep 150 yard trail to exit camp.

Tucked deep in the rugged and remote Upper Klamath River canyon on a beautiful riverside bench, shaded with Ponderosa Pine and Live Oak, is Momentum’s Upper Klamath Bush Camp. The camp is only accessible by raft and combines near lodge-like comfort, safari-style flare, and the Klamath Canyon’s high desert, old west ambiance to create a truly unique ‘glamping’ experience.
Overview of Camp
After floating into camp in the mid-afternoon you will be taken to one of the camps shaded, walk-in tents.  All tents are equipped with comfortable cots, pads, and a private deck. This will be your home for the afternoon and night. After getting settled in you can take a quick shower and then spend the afternoon playing lawn games, hiking the trails, floating the river, trying your hand at fly fishing, or  taking in the river and canyon views from the yoga deck.  Or, if the class IV+ whitewater was enough excitement for the day, you can choose to nap in a hammocks, or pull up a stool at the UK river bar stocked with local wines and a seasonal mixed drink or two.
bar in camp
In the late afternoon appetizers will be served at our covered eating area and bar followed by one of our trademark meals featuring organic and local produce and ingredients. The evening can be spent at the bar, around the table, or by the river. The day is capped off by a night of sleep filled only with the sounds of the river and the breeze through the trees.

The combination of our luxury camping, one of the most exciting class-IV+ rivers in the West, and a wild, high desert canyon makes for an active, comfortable, and quick wilderness escape – away from wifi, cell phone chatter, and hectic daily schedules. There are truly few trips like it.

Departure Dates:

3 Days/2 Nights
Unless otherwise noted next to the date

June 9-11, 2023
June 11-13, 2023
June 13-15, 2023
June 16-18, 2023
June 18-20, 2023
June 23-25, 2023
June 25-27, 2023
June 27-29, 2023
June 30-July 2, 2023

July 2-4, 2023
July 4-6, 2023
July 7-9, 2023 – Wilderness Gourmet – $1,590
July 9-11, 2023 – Wilderness Gourmet – $1,590
July 11-13, 2023
July 14-16, 2023
July 16-18, 2023
July 18-20, 2023
July 21-23, 2023
July 23-25, 2023
July 25-27, 2023
July 28-29, 2023 – – 2 Days/1 Night – $790
July 30-August 1, 2023

August 1-3, 2023
August 4-6, 2023
August 6-8, 2023
August 8-10, 2023
August 11-13, 2023
August 13-15, 2023
August 15-17, 2023
August 18-20, 2023
August 20-22, 2023
August 22-24, 2023
August 25-27, 2023
August 29-September 1, 2023

September 2-4, 2023

Trip Length: 2-3 days
Trip Price:

$1,090 – 3-Day trip
(unless otherwise noted next to the dates)

Additional costs: 3% BLM use fee

Trips Include:
• Hotel Pick-Up And Drop-Off from the Ashland, OR area.
• All Multi-sport gear including bikes, inflatable kayaks, fly rods to try at camp.
• Deluxe camping at our safari style base including camp walk-in tents with cots and private decks, a shaded eating area, showers, hammocks, and the ‘UK Bar’.
• Gourmet 3 course meals featuring local and organic produce & products.
• World-Class guides with a minimum 5 years experience leading trips around the globe.
• One of The Finest and Most Exciting Class IV+ Whitewater Trips in the West combined with one of the most unique backcountry camps in the U.S.!

Please note: we can offer this trip on a private charter basis to your group as a 2 or 3 day trip

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