Upper Klamath Rafting Trips

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The Upper Klamath River is known as one of the best summer raft trips in the west! The Upper Klamath is an action packed day, fast paced, and provides plenty of thrills. It is for those who seek excitement and an adrenline rush. The “UK” is a big water adventure with rapids rated Class 3 to Class 4+. Families with kids age 13 and up are welcome to paddle the Upper Klamath with us. Beginners are welcome, but realize you will get wet!

“We had a blast on our rafting trip!!
It was amazing. The guides, food, trip – all was fantastic.”

Karolina Wyszynska

Sales & Marketing Manager- Ashland Springs Hotel


  • Trip Length:
    4-5 hours on water
  • 7-8 hours round trip
  • Time of year:
    May- September
  • Difficulty: Class 3-4+
  • Meals: Continental Breakfast & Lunch
  • Pick up location:
    Ashland hotel or B&B
  • or meet at our River Center


  • $169/adult, $162/age 13-17
  • Ages: 13 and up
  • AM Departure*: 8:30am Return: 4:30-5:00pm
  • Includes: Breakfast & Lunch
  • *Departure and return
    times may vary dependent on water release schedule
  • Pick up location: Your hotel or our River Center
  • Out of our control: A 5% BLM or USFS fee will be added to the cost of all trips.

Upper Klamath rafting
The Upper Klamath in your face whitewater all day, everyday!


In the middle of the summer when most rivers in the west are low or have dried up, the Upper Klamath has plenty of water, because of scheduled water releases from John C. Boyle dam.


Our Upper Klamath trips begin in Oregon and ends in California. The trip starts with 5 miles of easy whitewater. This allows for plenty of time to practice paddling before the “big rapids”. Once you enter the heart of the Upper Klamath canyon you will be greeted by a face full of water! Caldera, Branding Iron, Satan’s Gate, and Hell’s Corner are some rapids that greet you with a good soaking! Experience the Upper Klamath and see why it is such a popular rafting trip!

“To the entire crew of Kokopelli. We would like to thank you for a wonderful time on the river last Sunday. The professionalism of your employees, made for a safe yet exciting experience for my entire family.”

~Kelly, Dave, Garrett

Upper Klamath rafting trips
The beautiful wild and scenic Upper Klamath River view from above.


The Klamath River, starts its journey towards the Pacific Ocean, beginning in Southern Oregon and ending in Northern California. It is located in a remote canyon listed as a “Wild and Scenic River”. Wildlife is plentiful in the canyon. You may be greeted by bald eagles, osprey, deer and even wild turkeys on your trip. During the month of August our guides love to stop at “Blackberry Riffle” with their guests to do some fresh blackberry picking. This is always the highlight of any Upper Klamath trip!


All of our professional guides are at a minimum Advanced First Aid/CPR certified and are certified in Swiftwater Rescue. Many of our guides are Wilderness First Responders, EMTs, or Paramedics. Because this trip can be strenuous, we also require that you be in good physical condition and at least 13 years old to participate.


We know you will get hungry on an Upper Klamath trip! We provide you with plenty of fuel to keep you going on an action packed day. Our meals include a delicious continental-style breakfast and a healthy, scrumptious riverside lunch. Please let us know if you have any dietary restrictions when making your reservation.

 *River trips are not without inherent risks. Kokopelli River Guides cannot assume responsibility for injury to rafting / kayaking / rental participants or loss of personal property. You will be required to read and sign a waiver and release prior to your trip.