Because of our great river guides and exciting rapids, the Imperial River Company has become known for whitewater rafting. When you book an adventure with us though, you get a lot more than that. We encourage you to head out to the Maupin, Oregon area to discover for yourself exactly what the Imperial Experience offers. Want to know more? Here’s a preview of just one possible Central Oregon adventure at Imperial.
Start with an All-Day Rafting Trip
You’ll start on the lawns of the Imperial River Company at 9:30am. The day will be just starting to warm up, and by the time you get moving on some rapids, the water temperature will feel perfect for cooling down. You’ll spend the next few hours shooting rapids like Surf City, Oak Springs, and the Elevators. There will be a few chances to take it easy though, and during these portions, we encourage you to take in the views of the Deschutes River Canyon and the wildlife that calls it home. You might see an osprey, deer, or even otters.
Avoid the River Traffic on a Unique Deschutes River Trip
Enjoy the portage around Sherar’s Falls, then, you’ll be on your way again at Buck Hollow. This stretch of the Deschutes is not often rafted. You’ll float through the Narrows, take on the Wreck Rapids and pass under two railroad trestles. All that paddling is sure to make you hungry though, so the group will take out at Pine Tree, ride the bus back to the lodge for a peaceful lunch. You’ll be amazed at how many rafts you will see on the river as you head in for lunch. You’ve avoided the river traffic on this reverse-order trip.
Kick Back at our Maupin Lodge
After your bbq lunch on the lush green Imperial lawn, you’ll get back on the water and travel through five more miles of rapids, arguably some of the best rapids on the Deschutes. Eventually, you’ll pull off at the Imperial docks and dry off on their riverside lawns. After such an exciting rafting trip, you’ll likely be exhausted, so it’s a good idea to book a room at the Imperial lodge. You can get a meal at the riverside restaurant, stop by the bar for a few drinks, and then sleep comfortably in a charming room that overlooks the Deschutes River. Trust us, with the river burbling by and the adventure you have had that day, you’ll definitely get some great sleep!
When you’re ready to explore all the outdoor recreation that Central Oregon has to offer, stop in at Imperial River Company in Maupin. We’d love to share an adventure with you!