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Trip Planning

Trip Planning

Planning your adventure is part of the journey. We are here to provide any information you may need. In the meantime, here are some planning pages to get you started.

Getting Here

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Winding Waters is based out of beautiful Joseph, Oregon. We start all of our Hells Canyon and Grande Ronde journeys here. Our Salmon River adventures begin in Clarkston, Washington. Here is the best way to get to these two regions.

Getting Here

Packing List

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Take the guessing-game out of what to bring on your journey. After years of running rivers, we have compiled a list of essential items to make you the most comfortable on your adventure.

Packing List

Boathouse Shop

boathouse-signWe have a variety of river wear, gear, and gifts available for you in our Boathouse Shop in Joseph, OR. Find last minute clothing or gear needs, or discover a little something extra that will help you enjoy your adventure all that much more. Online shopping will be available soon.

Boathouse Shop

A Day in the Life

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What is a typical day like on the river? Throw away your watch, let down your hair, and unwind as we lead you through a “day in the life”.

A Day in the Life

Weather & Water

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Check out the weather forecasts and current water levels for your river. And for your convenience, we have posted an average air temperature chart for each river as well.

Weather & Water

River Safety

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You have come to us for a reason – because of our attention to every detail. Your safety is our number 1 top priority. From training to gear selection, we strive to make your adventure as care-free and worry-free as possible.

River Saftey

Geology

 

columnar basaltEver wonder how rivers choose the course they run? We think about it all the time as we float our three geologically fascinating rivers in Northeast Oregon and western Idaho. The following story helps explain the origin of our rivers’ landscape…and eventually the path each river carved.

geology

Reading List

reading on the riverCheck out our top list of books we recommend for each of our rivers and our region. Some of these are available in our Boathouse Shop.

Reading List

Custom Charters

custom chartersLooking for a one-of-a-kind adventure? Learn about our custom charter whitewater rafting and fly fishing trips. Great for families, corporate outings, and other large groups.

Custom Charters