42091 McKenzie Hwy. | Springfield, OR 97478
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Steelhead Fly Fishing - Wild and Scenic Rogue

Trip Highlights:

 --   Four-day, three- night float trip through the extraordinary protected Wild and Scenic River corridor.


 --   Fly Fish for steelhead from the comfort and class of our beautiful McKenzie River drift boats.


 --   The Rogue is known for it’s unique “half-pounder” one year old steelhead run.


 --   Cozy riverside lodges provide comfortable accommodations and home cooked meals each night.


 --   Experience the breathtaking scenery of lush forests and vibrant fall foliage.


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Floating and fishing the "Wild and Scenic" Rogue River Canyon is considered one of the Pacific Northwest's most spectacular river experiences.  Enjoy this stunning canyon from the classy comfortable ride of a beautiful wooden drift boat and spend your evenings in unique riverside lodges.  Spend four days floating the 43 miles of protected waters while fly fishing for half-pounder and adult steelhead fresh out of the ocean. Legendary for its combination of dramatic rapids and tranquil pools, fishing on the Rogue River has been popular with guests of the Helfrich family since 1931 when Prince Helfrich first explored the canyon. 
Rogue River Wild and Scenic Scenery
His legacy continues as newcomers enjoy the same majestic old-growth forests of Douglas fir and twisted Madrone along the riverbanks. Picturesque grassy pastures, wildflowers and wildlife are all part of this unspoiled wilderness. Deer, otter, black bear, blue herons, osprey and bald eagles call this paradise home. 

And then, there are the fish! With two fishermen and one guide in each drift boat, you’ll have a unique opportunity to catch fall run Steelhead and Salmon on lures and flies. Even the most experienced fishermen will be challenged by the great sport of landing these fighters on light tackle. This is a world-class fishing river and our guides serve as skilled fishing instructors and experienced boatmen. Their knowledge of the river and the maneuverability of the drift boats allow them to easily access the placid pools and rich holes where the fishing is best.
Wild and Scenic Rogue River Drift Boat Fishing Trip
Our trips begin at Argo Riffle and for four days and 43 miles we will travel west in McKenzie River drift boats through the Coastal Range to Hog Eddie at Agness. You’ll get a firsthand look at Rainie Falls, Zane Grey’s cabin, Mule Creek Canyon and Blossom Bar rapid. 

Each night you will enjoy the comfort of three different rustic wilderness lodges. Shore lunch stops along the river allow time to relax and explore the area. We often barbecue or pan-fry any freshly caught steelhead or salmon. Delicious! No one goes away hungry.

The combination of unforgettable fishing experiences and drift boating through exciting whitewater make this outing on the Rogue River's "Wild and Scenic" section Helfrich River Outfitter's most sought after and desired fishing adventures.
Nights are spent in comfortable wilderness lodges with private sleeping accommodations for couples or singles. All of the breakfasts and dinners are served family-style by the guides and lodge staff. Each remote lodge offers its own distinct character, which adds a memorable element to the trip that few ever experience, as they are only accessible by river or hiking trail and are run on generator power.

Lodges for 4-day Trips:
Lower Black Bar Lodge
Marial Lodge
Illahe Lodge
The Rogue River canyon is full of rich history dating back to Native American tribes, then gold miners. All of our guides are all highly trained in Rogue River history and stories, and love sharing them with those who are interested.

The Rogue River Ranch is one of the special stops along the river. Set up as a museum for the floating public to enjoy, it was an old gold mining homestead. The many buildings on this property are full of old artifacts and fun pictures from the past.

Zane Gray’s cabin is a fun stop on this trip. Zane Gray, a famous author from the mid 1900’s fell in love with the Rogue River and chose to spend his time along its banks, writing his book and fishing for Steelhead and Salmon. His cabin and many of his possessions are still there today.

Hiking along the Rogue River has become very popular. The Rogue River Trail is very well maintained and parallels the river along the entire stretch that we float. Hiking in the mornings from camp is a fun way to get you moving and ready for the day. You can choose to hike as much or as little as you like. If you are interested in hiking the entire river trail we would be happy to accommodate you by hauling your bags for you, preparing all of the food and refilling your water throughout the day.

Add a Special Twist to Your Trip!

You have the option to add a special upgrade to your trip if your group so desires. For an extra fee you can add one of the following packages to your trip on the Middle Fork of the Salmon. Please request trip upgrades prior to your trip. Contact us for prices and group size requirements.

Horseback Riding: Add a little extra fun and excitement to your trip by including a two-hour horseback ride in your river vacation. On the fourth day of the float a seasoned horse wrangler will await our arrival along the river bank with a string of saddled horses, ready to lead you on a ride down the river trail. Spend two hours riding through the river corridor with the stunning views of the river and the surrounding canyon. Boats will follow along on the river and meet you at the end of your ride to continue your float. Minimum of five riders required.

Dutch oven Cooking Classes Package: Do you love the Dutch oven food served on the river and wish you could learn to prepare it on your own? This is the perfect opportunity to be taught by the masters! Each evening you will learn the recipes and techniques of a wide selection of Dutch oven cuisine. For each dish, you will be walked step by step in preparing and cooking with hot coals until it is done to perfection. You can choose to study and participate as much or as little as you like.

Recipes range from main dishes like baked macaroni and cheese or chicken enchiladas, to fresh baked breads, side dishes and deserts. Join the crew in our deluxe riverside kitchen, have a blast, and float away with new knowledge that friends and family members will drool over!

Beers of the Northwest Sampling Package: The Northwest is known for its amazing breweries and palate pleasing microbrews. There are two packages available for guests interested in beer sampling. With the smaller of the two, you can choose to have a selection of local microbrews provided to drink on the trip. For larger groups interested in a beer-sampling package, we can invite a beer expert from one of the local breweries to accompany us, along with a keg and tap set-up, and multiple beer options for sampling.

Wine and Cheese Package: With the wine and cheese package, your trip will be spiced up with a selection of delectable wines from around the Northwest. Each night, different wine will be opened and served with complimentary cheeses and fruits, and paired with the dinner menu for the evening. Requests can be accommodated for preferred varietals and blends.
2017 Prices for Rogue River Steelhead Fishing & Lodging – 4 Days, 3 Nights

For 2018 Prices please visit Dates & Prices '18 under the Reservations Tab at the top of the page.

Drift Boats:
$2000/person Requires Double Occupancy

Additional required $10/person/day Use Fee charged by the BLM in addition to federal use fee of 2% the overall trip cost.

Trip Dates:
August 25-28
August 29-Sept 1
September 3-6
September 8-11
September 13-16
September 18-21
September 23-26
Sept 28 - Oct 1
October 3-6
October 8-11
October 13-16
October 18-21
October 23-26
October 28-31
November 2-4 (3-day)


Rogue River Steelhead Fishing & Lodging – 3 Days, 2 Nights

Drift Boats:
$1700/person

Additional required $10/person/day Use Fee charged by the BLM in addition to federal use fee of 2% the overall trip cost.

Trip Dates: (Additional Dates May Be Available)
August 25-27
November 2-4
November 7-9

Prices include all lodging, meals, BLM use fees, necessary fishing rods & tackle and professional guide for each two guests.