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Ouzel Outfitters
Box 817
Bend, Oregon 97709
800-788-7238
Info@OregonRafting.com

Types of Rafts
We use a variety of different types of rafts and raft configurations on our trips.  Guest comfort, safety considerations and trip efficiency combine to help us decide which rafts are appropriate for which trips. While half and one-day trips use only paddle rafts, you are likely to see a variety of rafts and configurations on most multi-day trips.  On a typical multi-day trip we let guests decide which type of raft they want to be in (we don't assign seats).  We switch around a lot during the day, so you'll have the chance to try them all.  We do, however, give preference for the oar raft to folks who have difficulty paddling or may have physical limitations.
 Paddle Raft
PADDLE RAFTS
These rafts are from 12' to 14' in length and maneuvered by the paddling teamwork of four to seven guests led by a guide. The guide steers and navigates from the back of the raft, giving paddlers instructions on when and how to paddle. All half-day and one-day trips use paddle rafts exclusively.
Oar Raft
 
OAR RAFTS
These rafts are from 16' to 18' feet  in length with a padded bench seat in front. The guide is able to maneuver the raft from the center without the need for guests to paddle. Guests can sit back, relax and enjoy the ride. Space in the oar raft is typically reserved for folks who have difficulty paddling or are unable to sit in a paddle raft for extended periods of time.
Paddle Assist Raft
 
OAR-ASSISTED PADDLE  RAFTS
This type of raft is a combination of both an oar raft and a paddle raft. Just like a paddle raft, up to six guests provide power by paddling as a team. The guide steers from the back with oars while instructing the paddlers. This combination reduces the amount of paddling needed from guests.
Inflatable Kayak
 
INFLATABLE KAYAKS
These small inflatable crafts are manned by a single guest with a double-bladed paddle. Inflatable kayaks follow the larger rafts through the rapids with the guide in the paddle raft or oar raft giving instructions to the following kayakers. Inflatable kayaks (a.k.a. "I.K.s" or "Duckies") are a great way to experience the river in a one-on-one fashion.
ROGUE RIVER:  Oar Rafts, Paddle Rafts, Oar-Assisted Paddle Rafts & Inflatable Kayaks
LOWER SALMON RIVER: Oar Rafts, Oar-Assisted Paddle Rafts & Inflatable Kayaks
DESCHUTES RIVER: Oar-Assisted Paddle Rafts, Inflatable Kayaks (Paddle Rafts only on Day Trips) 
MCKENZIE RIVER: Paddle Rafts
NORTH UMPQUA RIVER: Paddle Rafts (Inflatable-kayak-only trips in late summer)
JOHN DAY RIVER: Oar Rafts, Oar-Assisted Paddle Rafts & Inflatable Kayaks
OWYHEE RIVER: Oar Rafts, Oar-Assisted Paddle Rafts & Inflatable Kayaks
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