Looking for a rafting company that protects the rivers it runs on? You’ve got it in the American River Touring Association (ARTA), a non-profit whitewater rafting company that donates its profits to organizations including the Pacific Rivers Council, the American River Conservancy and the Klamath Siskiyou Wildlands Center.
ARTA runs two trips in Oregon, and several others in the Western states. The Oregon trips are on the Rogue and Illinois rivers, which are two of their most beginner and advanced options, respectively.
The Rogue routes can last either three, four or five days. A full trip has 20 guests and 5 guides. In the summer, the water is perfect for swimming, fishing and sliding down rafts into the river. This trip is great for beginners, families and anyone who wants to avoid most (but not all) of the chaos of the rapids.
If you crave a little more of a thrill, the Illinois River trip might be exactly what you’re looking for. The exciting rapids require a bit of experience to maneuver, and the groups are more intimate, maxing out at eight guests and five guides. These trips last for four days and offer rafters plenty of exhilarating challenges.
One constant on every trip is the passionate, knowledgeable and engaging guides. From organizing games to setting up the campsites, these people know their stuff. Selected from ARTA’s in-house Whitewater Schools, they are a dedicated and upbeat bunch who are committed to the organization’s core mission: enjoying nature, advocating for the environment and embracing the organization’s values both on and off the river.
To book your trip to go rafting for a good cause, visit arta.org.