Hood River, Ore. – Award-winning family rafting outfitter ECHO River Trips has announced the 2013 lineup of their Rogue River rafting trips and Middle Fork Salmon rafting trips.
Oregon’s Wild and Scenic Rogue River is ECHO River Trips’ most popular family rafting river, offering an ideal combination of gorgeous scenery, warm waters, exciting rapids, comfortable pace and abundant wildlife. ECHO offers trips down the Rogue River (http://www.echotrips.com/rogue/) ranging from three to five days throughout the Rogue’s rafting season from May to September.
The Rogue offers a near perfect combination of exciting rapids, warm water, a comfortable pace and plenty of wildlife sightings.
It is a wonderful river for families and beginners, yet offers enough whitewater excitement for teens and river veterans. Children will certainly be amazed by all of the wildlife. On the trip, rafters can see deer nibbling near the shore, black bears feasting on trout, osprey and bald eagles soaring above and river otters frolicking with their young. While many of the trips include a lodge stay, the layovers at the campsites allow families more time to hike around the area, view the scenic waterfalls and spend the day leisurely fishing, reading or relaxing.
The Middle Fork of the Salmon River is widely considered to be America’s premier alpine whitewater river, and it is one of ECHO River Trips’ favorite family rafting adventures. ECHO’s Middle Fork Salmon Rafting trips (http://www.echotrips.com/middle-salmon /) are offered from June to September, typically lasting 5 or 6 days as rafters traverse 100 miles of pristine free flowing river in Idaho’s Sawtooth Mountains and the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness.
The lack of roads, buildings and development truly provides a wilderness experience for guests traveling in Idaho’s amazing scenery. The isolation and serenity of this journey allows families to reconnect and enjoy time spent together away from work, school, TV, video games and all the distractions of everyday life. The trout population has thrived making it a superb fly-fishing river and wildlife such as elk and big horn sheep are plentiful. Short hikes from the river reveal the river’s unique history with features like Native American pictographs and pioneer homesteads. Natural hot springs and scenic waterfalls are located along the journey and provide great stopping points for a break from the rafts.
Those that travel this river come away with a sense of awe and wonder that comes from experiencing one of the most beautiful rivers on the planet
On these multiday raft trips down the Rogue River and the Middle Fork of the Salmon River, travelers enjoying delicious dinners, fun games, cozy campfires, and comfortable camping at each night’s riverside campsites.
ECHO offers weekly departures from May into September, pricing starts at $595 per person up to $2095, all inclusive.
About ECHO River Trips:
Founded in 1972 by owners Joe Daly and Dick Linford, ECHO quickly grew from a fledgling boating business into a world-class river outfitter offering multiday family rafting trips on the Rogue River in Oregon and Idaho’s Middle Fork of the Salmon River. ECHO also runs international rafting expeditions in Bhutan, Turkey, Siberia, and Patagonia.
In recent years ECHO River Trips has been honored with accolades from National Geographic Traveler, National Geographic Adventure, and Outside Magazine.
The first 40 years were good to ECHO, and they are looking forward to another 40 years of world class family rafting on the world’s most spectacular rivers.