Our Winter Newsletter is Out

World-Class River Trips Oregon,
Northern California, and beyond…

Day one on the Middle Owyhee

How are you? I hope everyone is having an amazing winter. We are getting hammered with snow and the long-term forecasts look very promising – we should have a long season on our spring rivers like the Cal Salmon, Illinois, and Owyhee. It is going to be an unbelievable spring!

We have had a busy winter and have once again added some new trips – you can read about our new Fall Fishing trips below. We also spent a lot of time collecting and organizing our photos and have some amazing new trip slide shows. For most of the trips below I am going to let the pictures do the talking (there is also a link to a slide show for many of the trips) – think of this newsletter as the “Coffee Table Book” of email newsletters:).

As always I would like to thank everyone for the wonderful reviews on sites like Yelp and Trip Advisor (there is also a new Google one called “Hot Pot”)! Online reviews are changing the way people shop for trips, allow us to focus on trip quality rather than a ton of marketing, and most importantly make traveling easier and more enjoyable for all of us! Thank You!

Bookings for all our spring trips are already coming in and summer trips on the Rogue are filling up – if you are interested or have questions give us a call or an email! We hope to see you in the spring and summer!

Kind Regards,

Pete and the staff of
Momentum River Expeditions

“Wild rivers are earth’s renegades, defying gravity, dancing to their own tunes, resisting the authority of humans, always chipping away, and eventually always winning..”
Richard Bangs, River Gods

Spring Trips

Airplane Turn on the Cal Salmon

The California Salmon 3 day / 3 night – Class V
Every spring starts with this one. The Salmon is one of the most spectacular rafting trips in the country; it is world-class whitewater in our back yard. The canyon is spectacular and the rapids are amazing; it’s a magical place. 3-day options include a day on the rarely run class V Scott River or the amazing Clear Creek. This makes the trip one of the premier class V adventures in the country!
The Salmon season is short and the prime dates always fill so give us a call or email if you are interested.

There is more Cal Salmon info at the California Salmon Rafting Page.

And check out our new Cal Salmon slideshow.

Klondike Creek Camp

The Illinois 4-Day – Class 4+ (V)
One of the great wilderness river journeys in the country – some say the best. Few rivers can match its combination of extreme isolation, solitude, beauty, and whitewater. Trips are kept very small with a 2 or 3 to one guest to guide ratio and the season can be very short (April – early May).
This a one of our most sought after spring trips and we can only take 24 people a year – call or email if you have any questions.

There is more Illinois info at the Illinois Rafting Page.

Check out our new Illinois River Slideshow.

The Lower Owyhee

The Lower Owyhee 5-day – Class 3
The Lower Owyhee has been compared to Zion, Bryce, and Grand Canyon National Parks but in the end it probably defies direct comparisons. The river is a land of hot springs and hoodoos, of towing bluffs, and windswept plateaus, of jaw dropping beauty and awe inspiring loneliness. It is extremely remote, bizarrely beautiful, unpredictable, sometimes haunting, very wild, and rarely seen. It’s fun mild rapids make it a great option for a wide range of people.
We have trips scheduled in April and May.

There is more Lower Owyhee info at the Owyhee River Rafting Page.

Yes, another slideshow! Check out Lower Owyhee Flickr Slideshow.

The Middle Owyhee

The Middle Owyhee 4-day – Class 4+
This is one of the most exotic and rarely run river trips in the country – A journey to one of the most remote lands in the lower 48. It combines dramatic dark sheer canyon walls, big rapids, and it is even more remote then the Lower. While there is only one class V rapid the remoteness makes it a true expedition. One of our trips was featured on OPB’s Oregon Field Guide.
This river trip is a true wilderness experience and the snowpack is perfect for it this year!

There is more info on our Middle Owyhee River page.

Check out photos on our Middle Owyhee Flickr Slideshow.

Also Check out Oregon Field Guides episode on the Middle Owyhee.

Clear Creek

Clear Creek Inflatable Kayaking Trip 3-Day – Class 4
This is a trip that we probably do not talk about enough. Clear Creek is like no other stretch of river in the country and this is one of the most unique trips we offer. We start our trip on a spectacularly beautiful, remote, and extremely rarely run tributary of the Klamath – it is very narrow with high canyon walls and the water is as clear and clean as its name implies. It is truly a magical place that you have to see to believe.
Clear Creek has a short season from late May to early June.

More info about our Clear Creek trips.

Even if you are not interested in the trip the photos are spectacular!

Summer Trips

Stair Creek Falls on the Rogue

Rogue River 3 To 4-Day Wilderness Trip
An iconic American classic, a wilderness playground. One of the world’s great summer wilderness trips complete with remote riverside lodges. The rapids and the choice of craft make the Rogue almost unmatched in its ability to satisfy a wide range of tastes and skill levels.
We generally don’t feature summer trips in our winter newsletter, but the Rogue is extremely regulated and there is limited space – most of our trips will have only 10 to 12 people and many are already full. Check it out this summer!

There is more info at the Rogue River Page.

And a slide show.

We also have an amazing specialty trip on the Rogue this year that we are particularly excited about! We have been extremely excited about the local farm movement and we have finally been able to truly combine it with a river trip. We are so excited about this trip!

Rogue River Farm to Fork 4-DayJoin Farm to Fork and Momentum River Expeditions on a 4-Day Farm to Fork Rafting Trip on Oregon’s Wild and Scenic Rogue River. Combine the world famous Rogue River with artisan meals straight from the Southern Oregon farms and support the local farming movement!

Farm to Fork Events, is a traveling farm-to-table restaurant, local food fundraiser, and community celebration rolled into one. Farm to Fork Events are designed to reconnect people to the source of their food, and to honor the talented farmers, food artisans, winemakers, and chefs that contribute to the growing culinary reputations and local food communities of Southern Oregon. They began in 2010 to rave reviews, a very excited local community, and ending up selling out every dinner. We are very excited to work with them!

This trip is already getting full and once again we are so excited for it!

Read more about the trip here.

Check out Farm to Fork Events.

Fall Fishing Trips (new)

Drift Boats on the Rogue

Fall fishing on Oregon’s Rogue River
Our newest trips! We have been working on these trips (and running them) for over a year now and we are very excited! The Rogue River offers the mix of a world-class wilderness canyon, whitewater, old west history, wilderness lodging, and fall Steelhead Fishing. The river is an iconic American classic, one of the world’s great wilderness trips, and a founding member of the National Wild and Scenic River System, We offer two trips styles; one that is great for all levels of fishing ability, including first timers; and one that is geared towards the more avid fly fisherman.
The trips are offered September through mid November.

Check out our new Rogue Fishing Website,

And of course our fishing slide show!

Custom, Group, and Private Rafting trips

Clear Creek

Custom, Group, and Private Rafting trips
You choose the river… You choose your companions… And we make it happen!We love putting together custom trips on our regularly run rivers, on rarely rafted rivers, and on combinations of rivers – it is our passion.
Now is the time for the best choice of dates and options.
For some rivers a launch date needs to be completely free of other reservations to be available for a private group of friends or family.Give us a call or email!

“The river called. The call is the thundering rumble of distant rapids, the intimate roar of white water . . . a primeval summons to primordial values. “
John Craighead, Naturalist Magazine