Name that River and Raft Winners
Many thanks to all that participated in our Annual Name That River Contest! We had hundreds of great guesses, but only a select few correctly identified the Owyhee River. The Owyhee is located in Eastern Oregon. Our guides took an exploratory trip down it last spring, which you may have read about in the blog post by ECHO guide Tate Higgins. Next spring we are offering two trips down this true adventurer's river.
Winner of Name That River Contest: Anne T. of the Western Rivers Conservancy in Portland, OR
We had many creative boat name suggestions for the new rafts joining our fleet. We narrowed it down to the top ten then took a vote between our office staff and ECHO owners Dick and Joe. And the winning name is - Takelma!
Takelma is the name of a Native American tribe that inhabited the Rogue River valley and translates loosely to "those along the river". The Takelma were lumped together with other tribes in the area and known as the "Rogue Indians," which is how the river got its name. If you have done a trip down the Rogue River, you may recall stopping at Battle Bar, which is the location of a battle during the Rogue Indian Wars between these tribes and the US Army in 1855-56. Most Takelma that survived the Rogue Indian Wars were sent to reservation land in 1856.
Winner of Name the New Raft Contest: Leo F. of New York, NY
Anne and Leo both received limited edition ECHO Wild & Scenic hoodies that you may have seen our guides sporting last summer. If you want to look like a winner too, check out the hoodies and more ECHO gear at our online store.