North West Rafters Association Southern Oregon Non Profit Whitewater Rafting Club - Since 1982


Welcome To Oregon's Oldest Whitewater Rafting Club


Explore Oregon's rivers with Oregon's oldest whitewater rafting club North West Rafters Association. Join our group of experienced friendly rafters for exciting fun in the outdoors.

Rivers will remain unspoiled for future generations only if protected and cared for by those who use them today. It is important that we set high standards for ourselves and minimize our impact as much as possible. River running makes little impact on the environment. It is quiet, and non polluting. Except for the put-in, overnight campsites, and the take-out, whitewater rafters leave no trace. Thousands of river runners can use a river or lake and you can never tell they have been there. Good camping conduct is needed to keep our rivers clean and their value intact. You will discover an immense satisfaction in enjoying river running without depreciating the river in any way and leaving no lasting trace.

The NWRA annual Christmas Party - Friday December 9th

The NWRA annual Christmas party (meeting) is scheduled for Friday, December 9 at Walt and Jody Bammann's home. You are welcome any time after 5 PM. Their address is 251 Woodberry Ln, Roseburg, OR 97471. This is mostly a social meeting and will feature the annual raffle drawing (after 7 PM) for the many prizes donated by Sotar and several shuttle companies. Tickets can be purchased for $1 each or 6 for $5. You need not be present to win. Tickets will be sold at the door too. This will be a potluck and you might want to bring a beverage of your choice. The Bammann's also will show a video of their September raft trip on the upper Gauley River in West Virginia. This section has 5 rapids rated class 5 to 5+.

The Bammann's live about 6 miles west of I-5. Directions follow:
From the south, take I-5 to exit 125 (Garden Valley Blvd/Rd). Turn left (west) at the light and stay in the right lane. At about 2 miles the 4 lane road ends and becomes 2 lanes. Stay to the right at this intersection. After this intersection a key landmark is the intersection where Del Rio Rd comes in from the right on a sweeping curve. There is a fire station here on the left. You will make a right turn onto Arcadia about 4/10ths of mile from the Del Rio intersection. There is a smallish green road sign for Arcadia so be looking carefully (note that Arcadia is about 5-1/2 miles from I-5 on Garden Valley). Once on Arcadia you will climb steeply for 4/10's of a mile to Woodberry Lane (the second lane) which is at the top of the hill. Turn right and follow this one-lane paved lane for about 100 yards. Do not take a left up a steep driveway. The Bammann's are the 2nd house on the right just past a white fence. There are 2 driveways, the second one has a small loop turn-around. Either can be used for parking but DO NOT use the lower one to turn around as there is a water main inconveniently placed near the junction that is somewhat hard to see in the dark. There is one house past the Bammann's and Woodberry Lane dead ends there. You can turn around there too and the neighbors are friendly and know we are having a party.

From the north, take I-5 to exit 129 for UCC and Del Rio Rd. At the stop sign, turn right (west) and drive about 5 miles to the stop sign at Garden Valley Rd where Del Rio Rd ends. Turn right and go about 4/10's mile to Arcadia. See notes in the above paragraph to get from Arcadia to the house.

They can be reached at 541 530 7523 or 541 530 7487 as necessary. Also via email at

The North Umpqua River

The Umpqua waters are sacred. Oregon's North Umpqua River is often shrouded by a fine gray fog that forms on its pools in the morning, then wafts through dense timber and creeps up the canyon walls. The water cuts a deliberate path around boulders and glides into rapids and riffles that shimmer in the sunlight. This ornate labyrinth is, from bank to bank, one of the prettiest stretches of river on earth.

These waters have history. The locals can point out the tree that Zane Grey's cook, Takaashi, climbed to yell out casting coordinates to the legendary author. These are the home waters to the North West Rafters Association's members, considered the best day trips in Oregon. Over the years countless dignitaries from President Hoover to the actor Clark Gable have come here. The North Umpqua is respected for the lessons it teaches in her rapids. You don't have to canoe, kayak or raft to appreciate these crystal clear waters where you can see every rock on the bottom. Just being here on its shores will change you….

Time to renew your 2017 membership


Why Join a Whitewater Rafting Club?

  • Explore rivers you have never seen before
  • Start whitewater rafting on easy rivers with experienced boaters
  • Make new friends with other people like yourself
  • Learn safe recreational boating through planned river trips
  • Participate in river safety classes
  • Camaraderie with all river users

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About North West Rafters Association Whitewater Rafting Club

rightalignThe North West Rafter Association was formed in 1982, it is a non-profit 501c3 Federal and State approved educational organization.

Our Mission
To provide recreational boating opportunities on rivers, promote boating & water safety education. We welcome everyone in the Northwest to join our Association. A majority of our members are from Southern Oregon. Rafters, Catarafters, Kayakers, Canoes, SUP's and any other whitewater craft are welcome to join us on our scheduled trips. We have many events scheduled for 2014 - check out the Trip Calendar for upcoming events.

Summer Rafting on the McKenzie River

Winter Rafting the Umpqua River

River Courtesy

  1. Always be prepared to offer assistance when problems appear. Don't be afraid to ask for assistance from other boaters.
  2. Know the safety code and practice it.
  3. NEVER boat alone, usually a group of three boats is minimum on a river.
  4. Respect the rights of fishermen, go farthest away as possible so he/she can't think you scared the fish. Be considerate of other non-boaters enjoying the water, and private landowners.
  5. Respect river access and landowner rights. Do not cross over private land without permission.
  6. If you come upon another group on a river, ask permission to pass or go around, don't barge into their group.
  7. Keep a reasonable distance between boats in your group and other groups. Only one boat at a time usually runs a rapid. This will allow sufficient maneuvering time to avoid potential problems if another boater has trouble. Don't pass other boats in a rapid.
  8. Remember large boats or rafts and heavily loaded boats have a lot of momentum and are difficult to stop.
  9. The boat proceeding downstream has the right of way. Don't pull out in front of it unless there is plenty of room. Do not abuse or insist upon the right of way.
  10. Don't hog good surfing waves or good eddies.
  11. If you are in a group stay between your lead boat and your sweep boat.
  12. Be responsible for the boat in front of you and behind you, if a rescue is necessary you will be the closest to help. Run a rapid and then wait for the next boat in an eddie until they are clear of the rapid.
  13. In case of a swim GET THE PEOPLE OUT FIRST if they separate from their boat, then get the boat. Down-stream boats pick up any floating gear, and up-stream boats assist in the rescue.
  14. Don't move on until your group is ready to go. If the last boat just caught up to you they haven't had time to rest yet. Avoid over exertion and exposure to excessive cold or heat.
  15. Don't monopolize space at the put-in or take-out areas, when getting your group organized. Keep your gear separate and confined to a small area.
  16. If you are a non-swimmer, have a current medical condition, disability, or past history, you must inform your group leader. Your trip leader should have your contact person in case of an emergency and your medical insurance information. Anyone under 18 should have an emergency medical permission form their parent or guardian.
  17. Be aware of possible hypothermia victims, and excessive alcoholic consumption, which lowers your body temperature and dulls judgment. Alcohol dilates your blood vessels and makes an individual more susceptible to hypothermia. The river itself is no place for alcohol or drugs. Save it for in camp after you get off the river.
  18. As always, the most important rule: Have fun and be safe!

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December Meeting will be held at at Walt and Jody Bammann's home

Friday, December 9 at 5pm
This is a potluck

Bring a main dish and a side dish or dessert

They can be reached at 541 530 7523 or 541 530 7487 as necessary. Also via email at