Drift Boat Steelhead Fishing and Lodging Trips

Helfrich River Outfitters Inc

Drift Boat Steelhead Fishing and Lodging Trips

Helfrich River Outfitters Inc

Drift Boat Steelhead Fishing and Lodging Trips

Helfrich River Outfitters Inc

Drift Boat Steelhead Fishing and Lodging Trips

Helfrich River Outfitters Inc


Duration: 4 Days, 3 Nights or 3 Days, 2 Nights

River: Wild and Scenic Rogue River

Boats: Drift Boats

Fly Fishing: Contact Us for Pricing!

Fish: Steelhead — Half Pounders and Adult


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 its 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.

The Wild and Scenic Rogue RIVER

Come experience the Rogue River with Helfrich River Outfitters.  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 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.

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 on 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.

What is a half pounder steelhead?  Click here to find out more. 

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 and offer a wide variety of other options to choose from. 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 of Helfrich River Outfitter’s most sought after and desired fishing adventures.

Rogue River Accommodations

Delicious Meals

Throughout the trip, guests enjoy a wonderful selection of breakfast and dinner foods at the lodges.   The first night of the trip, the guides prepare a fresh dinner of bbq meats and dutch oven cuisine.  The second and third night, the lodge staff serves up delicious meals with lots of great options to choose from.

Private Lodging

Each night’s lodge offers comfortable private accommodations for each two guests, complete with private restrooms and nice clean beds. Each lodge has its own wonderful unique character and history. We have a baggage boat that goes ahead each day to transport your bags to the lodge and prepare for your arrival.

Riverside Lunches

For lunch each day you can expect a delicious hot lunch prepared by your guides on the banks of the river.  Lunches like bacon cheeseburgers and grilled sandwiches with soup are alternated with cooking up your fresh fish caught that morning and served with fresh salads and many other great options.

Beyond the Banks


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 Grey’s Cabin

Zane Grey’s cabin is a fun stop on this trip. Zane Grey, 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 the Rogue River Trail

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.

Abundant Wildlife

The Rogue River Canyon is known as a wildlife watchers paradise.  With healthy populations of everything from blacktail deer and black bear to western pond turtles and mink, you will see so many species in their native habitats.  Not to mention to birds!  Eagles, osprey, great blue heron, ducks, egrets and dippers are just some of the birds that call the Rogue River home. 

Dates & Prices

Please call or email us for pricing and availability 

Prices include all lodging, meals, all necessary fishing flshing equipment, and a professional guide for every two guests.

Trip Dates:
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)

Trip Dates do not reflect open trip availability.

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