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Guided Packrafting Trips & Classes on the Minam River of Eastern Oregon, Wallowa Alpine Lakes,  & Abroad

Packrafting allows you to access country that is only accessibly by a light weight inflatable watercraft. If you, like us, long for vast stretches of wilderness, love being on the river, and don't mind getting a little wet- these are the trips for you. We run trips in Eastern Oregon on the wild Minam River, where Go Wild is the only permitted guide. We hike in, pack in, or fly in, and float out of the Wallowas through 25 miles of remote wilderness.

We also run guided alpine lakes packrafting adventures, group introductory classes, and own a small rental fleet of packrafts.

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Our season generally begins in June. All-inclusive trips start at $355 per person, per day.

We also offer private international packrafting trips from November to March in Colombia & Turkey. Contact us for other locations.

Minam River | Paddle Through the Heart of the Wallowas

Deep in the Eagle Cap Wilderness, the wild Minam River flows 42 miles from its headwaters at Minam Lake. Our guided trips paddle the last 25 miles of river, mostly class I-II, for 2-4 nights of immersive wilderness travel. We cater each trip to your desires- from luxury fly in trips to our more rigorous backpacking style trips.

Our 4 day trips departing from Minam River Lodge are reserved for private groups only and require demonstrated paddling experience. We also offer 1-4 day introductory packrafting trips, available both as private and groups offerings, which satisfy this requirement.

All-inclusive trips starting at $400/person/day.
Contact us about private trips or see our public offerings on group trips page

  • WILD: Experience Oregon's largest wilderness from the water
  • LEARN: the basics of packrafting including paddle strokes, gear, loading, safety, how to fly fish, and locally-specific conservation practices
  • CUSTOM OPTIONS: from flying in and staying at the upscale Minam River Lodge to backpacking and camping
  • DINE: on chef-prepared, hyper-local gourmet camp grub
  • UNIQUE & EXCLUSIVE: at the time of this writing, Go Wild is the only permitted packrafting guide on the Minam River
  • EXPLORE & DISCONNECT: travel through the best of the Wallowas with local professional and certified guides

Alpine Lakes | Trekking, Fishing & Flat Water Paddling Adventures

Visit and float on up to 7 glacier carved lakes high in the Wallowa and Blue Mountains. Family friendly and wildly fun, these trips show you the best of land and water. Tours can be combined with packrafting introductory lessons, fly fishing focused adventures, and include an option to use our mules to pack all the gear.

Trip lengths vary from 2-5 nights and tour run late June through October. All-inclusive pricing starting at $355/person/day.
Call or email us to book.

  • FAMILY FRIENDLY: Because these are flat-water lake trips, they're great for kids, anyone new to paddling, or if you're just wanting to relax.
  • LEARN: the basics of packrafting including paddle strokes, gear, loading, safety, how to fly fish, and locally-specific conservation practices
  • CUSTOM OPTIONS: hike in or pack in with mules so you don't have to carry a thing.
  • DINE: on chef-prepared, hyper-local gourmet camp grub
  • SWIM & FISH: there are no better places to escape the summer heat than the high lakes of Eastern Oregon. Take the plunge!
  • EXPLORE & DISCONNECT: travel through the best of the Wallowas with local professional and certified guides
What to Expect:

The majority of guided American packrafting happens in Alaska. Eastern Oregon is our little secret. When you contact us we'll put together a trip proposal based upon the time of year you want to come, your paddling expertise, trip length request, and other factors.

The afternoon before your trip, meet your local guides in the small cowboy town of La Grande, OR for a pre-trip educational session on flat water. (Alternatively, this can be all you do if you're most interested in a lesson!) Get to know your guides, your boats, explore the map, learn about your adventure to come, and finish if off with a your choice of complimentary libation at the local pub.

On the day of departure, your guides will meet you at your accommodation for complimentary pick up in Sully, our adventure van, to our packrafting destination based on the time of year and river flows.

It's on the water from here on out. Expect class I-II water, fishing breaks, and expert guiding. 

At camp each night, your professional local guides turn into expert fun facilitators and chefs, serving hand crafted appetizers, cocktails, and gourmet campfire cooked meals, all sourced from hyper local ingredients.

Due to shifting snow pack and water levels every year, these trips require a good amount of flexibility. Contact us for more information.
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The Fine Print:

  • $500/p deposit due at time of booking. Due to the nature of our business with limited dates, trip sizes and commitments of guides, this is non-refundable. The deposit may however, be transferred to a future Go Wild trip if the cancellation is made 90 day prior to tour departure. 

  • Final payment due prior to departure by check, cash, or Venmo. Cancellations within 30 days will be charged the entire balance unless you or us can fill the spot at full price. 

  • Weather & Water Levels: All tours operate rain or shine. In case of extreme or dangerous conditions, tours are refunded in full. For packrafting trips, we monitor levels leading up to a trip. Be prepared for contingency plans, but we'll chat about these during the booking process.

  • Insurance: We require you to purchase travel insurance prior to your packrafting trip. There are numerous agencies out there. Find one that works for you. A good example is Ripcord which covers trip cancellation, interruption, backcountry evacuations and more.

  • For group trips, Go Wild has the right to cancel any trip that does not meet our 6 guest minimum; confirmations will be made 90 days prior to the start of the tour.

  • Contact us: 541.403.1692 //

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