2020 Day Trips:
NEW for 2020: trips will be offered on a limited basis between May 31 and July 7 to groups of 6 or more. Please contact us for details.
Trip Description: Join us on a single day scenic float on the beautiful Grande Ronde River in Oregon. Easy class II whitewater, a deep basalt river canyon, and stunning Ponderosa Pine forests provide the perfect backdrop for a relaxing, fun-filled day on one of Oregon’s hidden gems.
This single day adventure includes a delicious river-side lunch, all river rafting equipment and professional guiding. You can choose to float in a guided oar boat, paddle raft and/or inflatable kayak. A perfect trip for folks wishing to explore one of the Pacific Northwest’s most beautiful rivers.
These rafting adventures meet in historic Troy, Oregon at 9:30am. This 1.5 hour scenic drive, from Joseph, OR will take you north out through rolling prairie and timber country, eventually dropping you down through the impressive breaks of the Grande Ronde River. You can expect to be back at your vehicle in Troy by 4pm. After your trip, we encourage you to enjoy a milkshake or dinner at the Troy Restaurant/Wenaha Bar and Grill or to make a reservation at the beautiful Rim Rock Inn Restaurant for dinner, on your way back to town from Troy. Check out the Maps tab below for detailed maps.
2020 Grande Ronde River Rates & Dates
|1 Day||3 Day|
|Youth (18 & under)||$76||$716|
1 Day Trips:
Day trips will be offered between May 25th and July 7 2019. Please click on the Book Now Button or contact us to schedule your full day adventure.
3 Day Trip Launches:
June 5, 10, 14, 21
Custom Dates and Trip Lengths Available Upon Request
Cancellation Policy: Your reservation will be confirmed after we receive a deposit of 50% of your total trip cost. Your trip balance will be due 30 days prior to your launch date. If you find it necessary to cancel your trip, you should notify Winding Waters River Expeditions in writing or by e-mail immediately. If written cancellation is received (call to verify) before the final balance is due, you will be given a refund less the amount of the deposit. Again, deposits are not refundable. If cancellations are made on or after the final due date, no money will be refunded. If you are unable to go on the trip, you are welcome to find a replacement for yourself. Please understand that once you’ve signed up, we lose the right to sell your reserved space to other individuals or groups. Therefore, we regret that we cannot make exceptions for personal emergencies. For this reason, we highly recommend buying Travelex Travel Insurance to protect your investment.
Winding Waters River Expeditions reserves the right, either prior to or after departure, in its good-faith discretion and in circumstances that warrant it, to change or re-price any trip. This includes the possibility of moving to a different river or river segment due to extreme water conditions, forest fires, road closures and/or acts of God. If we are not able to provide a substitute trip, river, or altered itinerary and have to cancel the departure completely, you will be refunded in full. Refunds are limited to the amount actually paid to Winding Waters River Expeditions.
- Meet the Winding Waters’ guide crew in Troy, OR at 9:30am
- At the launch, listen to a brief risk management talk from guides, receive life jackets, and select a type of boat for floating. During the day, try out different boat types if you wish. Begin floating around 10 to 10:30am.
- Enjoy a delicious riverside lunch prepared by your guides
- Select a new type of boat if you wish as we depart from lunch
- Return to Troy, OR in the Winding Waters van typically by 4PM.
- A delicious riverside lunch
- Outstanding guide service
- All necessary rafting and safety equipment
Q: Do you need experience to go on this whitewater rafting trip, or can you take beginners?
A: The wonderful thing about rafting with an outfitter is that you do not need any experience. When joining a whitewater rafting trip with Winding Waters, guests are at ease knowing we have trained, professional guides. The level of difficulty of a river is based on the character of its whitewater rapids. The section of the Grande Ronde we float for our day trip is an easy stretch of river with class II rapids here and there.
Q: What kind of boats do you use on this trip?
A: We use 4 different types of boats on our day trips: oar boat, paddle raft, inflatable kayak, and stand-up paddle boards. On an oar boat, a guide rows the boat while you enjoy the scenery. In a paddle raft you are an active participant in paddling with others and guide. An inflatable kayak is a single boat where you guide yourself with instruction if needed. A stand-up paddle board is basically a large surf board with a paddle.
Q: What’s the youngest age you can take on this trip?
A: We can take children ages 5 and up. We have child-sized US Coast Guard-approved personal floatation devices (PFD’s). The Grande Ronde is a great river for young children as it’s a mellow river. We’re happy to consult with parents about any specific questions.
Q: Can we charter a private trip? How many people do we need?
A: We are glad to offer private charter trips to groups of 12 or more. A charter trip means that your group consists of all of the trip’s participants. We do not sell that trip departure to any outside guests.
Q: What time and where do I meet for my trip? Where is the nearest airport?
A. We meet the morning of your day trip at 9:30AM in Troy, OR. You will park your vehicle at our Troy office and leave it there for the day. The nearest airport to Joseph, OR is Lewiston, ID.
Q: What kind of clothing should I wear?
A: Quick drying shorts and tops work best. For women, we recommend wearing your bathing suit under your clothes if you wish. For your feet, synthetic sandals like Chacos work great that have straps to hold them to your feet. We do not recommend flip-flops. You can purchase river shirts, river hats, sunblock, sunglasses, and other items in our Boathouse Shop prior to your trip.
Q: Can we fish on day trips?
A: Yes, we can throw in a fly fishing rod for fishing while we’re floating, as long as it does not interfere with the group traveling in a timely manner down the river. You can purchase a fishing license in our Boathouse Shop prior to departure.
Q: What about bathrooms while we’re on the river?
A: Don’t worry, we have you covered. We follow “”Leave No Trace”” minimum impact camping and traveling etiquette on all river trips. The bathroom facility we use is called the River Bank Toilet System. During a break, we set up the toilet in a separate, private area, complete with toilet paper and hand sanitizer. The guides will explain all of the details of how to use it.
Q: What advice do you have regarding keeping camera equipment dry?
A: If you want to bring your portable video camera and/or digital camera, we provide small dry bags that stay with you on the boat during the day. We also sell small hard-shell, water-tight, and padded Pelican cases in our Boathouse Shop.
Q: What kind of weather is typical on this trip?
A: During May, June, and July in Northeast Oregon the weather can range from warm and sunny to chilly and rainy. The best rule of thumb is that later in the season the weather will be warmer.
“(The Grande Ronde Day Trip was) an excellent introduction for us to whitewater! Could not fault the superb day and the professionalism of the staff. Well planned, beautiful scenery and good food too!” ~Collette and Chris, East Sussex, UK
“We enjoyed the Winding Waters guided raft/kayak trip on the Grande Ronde – a very nice class II river without any slow spots. Our guide, Tom, knew a lot about the river and the surrounding area.” ~Don, Sandpoint, Idaho
“Winding Waters is the way to go. Great food, knowledgeable staff, and lots of fun! Our group of 20 high schoolers dug it (Grande Ronde Day Trip)!” ~Sam, Molalla, OR