Southern Oregon Rafting at Morrison’s Rogue River Lodge

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Morrison’s Rogue River Lodge. Photo © 2016 Nancy D. Brown

A trip to Southern Oregon usually involves outdoor adventure, wine tasting and taking in a play at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. On our recent vacation to this recreational playground, we opted for a white water rafting trip on the beautiful Rogue River. There are so many things to see and do in Southern Oregon that you’ll need to allocate a week or more for your holiday. We used Morrison’s Rogue River Lodge as our base camp for our rafting trip with Row Adventures.

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Relax by the stone fireplace in the lodge. Photo © Nancy D. Brown

The year-round lodge is an Orvis Endorsed Fly Fishing Lodge set in the wild Rogue River Canyon. We used nearby Argo Recreation site as our put in spot for our rafts, but you can bet that I’d come back here in the Fall to fish for steelhead, cutthroats, coho and salmon out of a drift boat. It’s not necessary to be an active adventure baby boomer to enjoy Morrison’s Rogue River Lodge. The lodge offers a heated swimming pool, two tennis courts, volleyball court, putting green, frisbee golf, access to the Rogue River and a small gift shop for picking up any necessary river items. Be sure to try the toffee from Cary’s of Oregon. It was so good that we stopped in Grants Pass on our drive back to California to pick up a package of this tasty English Toffee.

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Riverside cabin photo © 2016 Nancy D. Brown

There are several options of lodging available at Morrison’s; from riverside units, to creekside cottages and lodge rooms. As we were a husband and wife party of two, we opted for cabin C-4, a one bath studio with queen bed, fireplace and fridge, as well as air conditioning – needed on our July visit. We had a shared deck with a river view. Other cabins offer king beds, twin beds and there are two cottages; Taylor Creek and Tuck Away cottage. It is important to note that many of the cabins and cottages are only accessible via stairs. The reason for the elevated lodging is due to the historic flooding of the Rogue River in 1964. It is reported that the water from the river rose above the fireplace mantel in the main lodge!

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Cabin interior photo © 2016 Nancy D. Brown

For those traveling with family or a larger group of friends, I’d opt for the Taylor Creek or Tuck Away cottage. They are located further from the main lodge so a golf cart is provided for zipping around the property. There’s a creek nearby for kids or dogs to play in. Did I mention that some of the rooms at Morrison’s Rogue River Lodge are pet-friendly? Check the website for current pricing, but on our stay, the extra charge for a dog was only $15.

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Tuck Away Cottage photo © 2016 Nancy D. Brown

Rates range from $92 to $440 with seasonal prices offered spring, summer and fall. Meals are an additional charge with dinner/breakfast packages available and fishing packages offered, as well. If you enjoy eating good food, be sure to make advance reservations to dine at the restaurant. The all-inclusive four-course dinner is well priced and worth every penny. There are two main course choices, in addition to hors d oeuvres, a starter course, salad, the house baked orange dinner rolls (I could have eaten the entire basket) dessert, coffee or tea. Alcohol and gratuity are not included with dinner.

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Morrison’s four-course dinner. Photo © 2016 Nancy D. Brown

Need to know:

Check in: 2:00pm

Check out: 11:00am

There is no cell service on the property. WiFi is available in the lodge and cabins. Breakfast buffet is available for approximately $12.00 per person, $8.00 youth (ages 4-12.)

Insider Tip: If you plan to join Row Adventures on a white water, lodge to lodge rafting trip, you’ll have the option for your car to meet you at the other end – in Gold Beach. Row Adventures and the lodge contract with a company that will shuttle your car to you. For additional insider tips follow luxury travel writer Nancy D. Brown on Twitter and Instagram @nancydbrown and follow @morrisonsrogueriverlodge on Instagram for local tips.

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Heated swimming pool. Photo © 2016 Nancy D. Brown

If You Go

Morrison’s Rogue River Lodge (541) 476-3825
8500 Galice Road
Merlin, Oregon 97532

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Morrison’s Lodge review written by and photos courtesy of Travel Writer Nancy D. Brown of What a Trip, Travels from Northern California. I was a guest of Row Adventures while researching additional articles in Southern Oregon. The post Southern Oregon Rafting at Morrison’s Rogue River Lodge first appeared on

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