ECHO Offers Up Some R & R: Rapids and Relaxation
OREGON - For many, the phrase "call of the wild" brings with it a mental picture that consists of campfires, sleeping on the ground, fighting off mosquitoes, not-so-savory meals, and aching muscles.
The team at ECHO River Trips realizes that while there are many people that love the idea of adventure, there are many who still prefer dinner at a table, a roof over their heads, showers, and a bed to sleep in.
The new, three day Lodge Trips created by ECHO offer the best of both worlds: running a Wild and Scenic River by day and relaxing in rustic elegance at night, offering an often much-needed escape from the stresses of every day life.
At the center of this vacation is the Rogue River, located in southwest Oregon and deemed Wild and Scenic by Congress. The river offers a near perfect combination of exciting but safe rapids, warm water, a lovely green canyon, a comfortable pace and plenty of wildlife. It is a wonderful river for families and beginners, yet offers enough whitewater excitement for young adults and river veterans.
The journey embarks at the Graves Creek boat ramp and flows through such rapids as Rainey Falls, Tyee, Wildcat and Upper and Lower Black Bar Falls before arriving at Black Bar Lodge. Because there is no camp to set up, there is ample time for guests to go for a hike, play frisbee on the expansive lawn or even take a nap. In the evening, after a family style dinner, guests can share stories and learn about the exciting rapids that will be encountered the next day.
The second night will be spent at the scenic Half Moon Bar Lodge, downriver from the famous Blossom Bar Rapid. The Half Moon offers many activities, including a five hole "wild and scenic" golf course, multiple hiking trails, and a wide variety of games.
ECHO has been successfully guiding white-water trips for 34 years and the team believes that a river trip is a social gathering as much as an outdoor adventure. The three day/two night package is available on four dates in May as well as two in June, and priced at $745/adult and $695/youth.
Learn more about Rogue River Lodge Trips.