Scenic Tours and Whitewater Trips:
November 15 – May 1
If you're not into fishing but would like to enjoy the lower Rogue River another way, John Carl Guide Service offers river tours that feature well-rounded adventures. You may start your tour anywhere on the lower Rogue from Gold Beach to Blossom Bar. It can be designed with a leisurely pace so you can enjoy the tranquility of the beautiful surroundings with narrated highlights as we point out photo opportunities for nature and wildlife.
For the more adventurous, there are plenty of places that feature exciting whitewater. It depends on what you want to experience. The trip can include picnics, hikes, overnight lodging and camp outs on a river bar. You may experience an abundance of wildlife while you are on the river such as river otters, black tail deer, bald eagles, ospreys, black bears and much more.
Because these tours are in the winter and spring months, other highlights are the many waterfalls and small streams that you would not see during the summer months. The tours are designed to keep you comfortable in a covered and heated boat designed for winter travel.
Typically we would start at the river near your lodging. A round trip is planned and the length of your trip depends on you. Drop offs for hikes on the trails, depending on the length of the trip, can range from 3 to 6 hours. A trip that is 104 miles can be done in approximately 4-1/2 hours without any breaks. For longer trips that include a picnic or lunch at one of the lodges, we recommend you to allow 15 to 30 minutes for bathroom breaks.
Year round – (see seasons)
When you call John Carl Guide Service, we will let you know what the road conditions are, lodging information, gear requirements and where to purchase fishing licenses. John Carl Guide Service supplies the rods and reels for the type of fishing you are planning. We also advise you on any additional gear you may want to bring or need for your trip. You can determine how much of your trip is emphasized on fishing. If you want to stop in the middle of the day for a lunch break or take a walk to stretch your legs, bathroom breaks, photo opportunities, it's your trip and our main goal is for you to enjoy it.
We will meet you at a boat ramp on the river or a dock depending on where you stay. From there we proceed to fish from 4 to 8 hours, depending on the trip you have planned.
In the spring, I will cook breakfast on the boat because we start very early. It's pretty laid back with plenty of time for conversation. Some of the more technical fishing like winter steelhead and fall salmon, I am happy to instruct you on the different techniques used to catch fish. At the end of the day, we will clean and fillet your fish and advise you on fish processing if you are staying awhile.